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Structures Research Group


Structures group academic, Dr Jurgen Becque has won the ASCE Moisseiff Award for providing solutions to a century-unresolved set of equations.

 Dr Jurgen Becque has received the ASCE Moisseiff Award for his paper Linking the von Karman Equations to the Practical Design of Plates Journal of Engineering Mechanics, November 2021. which provides highly accurate solutions to the Föppl-von Karman equations. These equations describe the stability of compressed plates and have many practical applications, but have been unresolved for more than a century.

The Moisseiff Award by the American Society of Civil Engineers (ASCE) recognises substantial advances in the field of structural mechanics and design. This prize, established by ASCE in April 1947, is a memorial in recognition of the accomplishments of Leon S. Moisseiff, M.ASCE, a notable contributor to the science and art of structural design. Funds were provided by Moisseiff's friends to set up the medal and to establish a trust fund to support the yearly awards.

Jurgen says, “I am honoured to be recognized by the ASCE for my work. I believe these new insights in structural mechanics will pave the way for practical design methodologies for plated structures which are based on rational analysis, rather than the empirical equations we have been using so far.

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