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Materials and Multi-material systems

Our objective is to provide the understanding needed to make better use of existing materials, to use new materials, and to combine materials in new ways.

 Context

Every structural system relies on materials. These materials are sometimes used in isolation; more often they are used in combination to create multi-material systems. The enormous quantities in which we use materials in the built environment mean that what we use and how we use it can have huge impacts, on us and on the world around us.

 

Theme

Understanding the behaviour of materials and the development of meaningful constitutive models is key to all structural modelling. We investigate ways in which single material systems behave and how to combine complementary materials into systems that allow us to make best use of the properties of each material.  We are not only interested in the short-term behaviour of materials and material systems under ideal conditions, but also the time dependent behaviour of structures subjected to long-term loads, cyclic loading and all manner of environmental factors.

 

Example areas

  • material behaviour of glass, concrete or timber 
  • constitutive modelling
  • façade panel systems
  • fabric formed concrete    
  • FRP strengthened concrete        

 

Academic Staff 

Alan   Copy

Prof. Allan McRobie

janet

Prof. Janet Lees

john

Dr John Orr

Rob

Dr Rob Foster

mauro

Dr Mauro Overend

 

 

Emeritus Staff

Burgoyne

Prof Chris Burgoyne

Emeritus Dr  Chris Morley

Dr Chris Morley

 

Affiliated Staff

Pieter Desnerck 03b

Dr Pieter Desnerck