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Seminar Programme - Civil Research Group

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Summer Term 2017 (Seminar time Thursday 14.00-15.00)

May 18th: Dr Christoforos Dimopoulos

A novel rocking self-centering column base for seismic hazard mitigation

Spring Term 2017 (Seminar time Thursday 12.00-13.00)

January 16th: Dr Rafael Castro-Triguero, University of Cordoba

Functionally Graded Carbon Nanotube Reinforced Structures: SHM Applications

January 26th: Dr Jose L. Curiel-Sosa, University of Sheffield

Modelling Damage and Fracture in Composites

Feburary 2nd: 3rd year Civil Engineering PhD students

Feburary 9th: Dr Gary Fowmes: University of Warwick
Geosynthetic Prototyping and Development

Feburary 23rd: Professor Zhenyu Yang, Coventry University

Multi-scale Characterisation and Modelling of Concrete and Fibre Reinforced Composites

March 2nd: 3rd year Civil Engineering PhD students

March 9th: Dr Christoforos Dimopoulos, University of Warwick

March 16th: Dr Xiaojun Wei, University of Warwick

Summer Term 2015

May13th: Prof. Jon Coaffee, University of Warwick

Resilient Design and the search for combinational expertise

May 18th: Dr Ruben Rodari, Univerity of San Juan

Modelling Geomechanical Problems with the Material Point Method

June 10th: Prof. Larry Bank, The City College of New York

Is Structural Engineering Sustainable?



Spring Term 2015

January 15th: Dr. Georgia Kremmyda, University of Warwick

Earthquake resilient precast structures: Learn from the past; Prepare for the future

February 3rd at 5pm in A401: Mr. Nick Sartain, Lead Geotechnical Engineer at HS2 Ltd

Geotechnical challenges of HS2

February 12th: Prof. Chris Rogers, University of Birmingham

Future Liveable Cities – A Transformative Brief for Engineers and Engineering

March 11th: Dr. Matteo Ciantia, Imperial College

A micromechanical investigation of the incremental behavior of crushable granular soils

Autumn Term 2015

October 14th Wednesday at 4pm in A401: seminars by second year civil PhD students

October 23rd Friday at 12 in F1.11: Mr Eduardo Martin, University of San Juan (San Juan, Argentina)

Application of the Discrete Element Method to the Study of the Cyclic Resistance of Gravelly Soils

November 20th: Prof Toby Mottram, University of Warwick

Simple Design Approaches and New Ways for Composite Materials

Autumn Term 2014

October 8th: 2nd year Civil Engineering PhD students' seminar

October 22nd: 2nd year Civil Engineering PhD students' seminar

November 11th: 5pm, A401, Dr John Macdonald, Univeristy of Bristol
Wobbly Bridges and Why People Don’t Fall Over

November 26th: 4pm, A401, Prof. Ian Guymer, University of Warwick
Modelling Mixing Mechanisms

December 10th: 1pm, A401, Dr Yu Bai, Monash University, Australia
Pultruded FRP Composites for Modular Structural Construction

Spring Term 2015

January 7th: 3rd year Civil Engineering PhD students

January 28th: 3rd year Civil Engineering PhD students

February 11th: Dr Xueyu Geng, University of Warwick

Soft soils improvement by PVDs for railway embankment

February 18th: Dr Stephen Wallis, Heriot-Watt University

Estimating re-aeration coefficients for rivers

Summer Term 2015

May 6th: 1st year Civil Engineering PhD students

May 13th: Dr F. Freddi, University of Trento

Title: Local engineering demand parameters for seismic risk evaluation of low ductility reinforced concrete buildings

June 3rd: Dr. Benoit Jones, University of Warwick

Stress, strain and the art of tunnelling

June 10th: Prof. W. Lewis, University of Warwick

Modelling of Minimum Energy Forms of Structures with Analogy to Nature

June 17th: Dr Sakdirat Kaewunruen, University of Birmingham

New Materials, Design and Analysis of Railway Turnout Systems

June 17th at 5pm: Ms Giulia Macaro, University of Oxford

Distinct element modelling of pipe–soil interaction for offshore pipelines on granular soils

July 22nd: Mr Stuart Gale, University of Warwick

Computational patterning methods for tensioned fabric structures. Use of a discrete model.

Summer Term 2014

May 7th: Dr George Kamaris from University of Warwick.
Damage-based design of steel structures (abstract)

June 18th: Dr Colin Caprani from Monash University !!12NOON!!
The other side of the equation: understanding bridge demands for site-specific assessment (abstract)

July 2th: Prof. Kent Harries from University of Pittsburgh.

Sustainable Hazard Resistant Construction Using Indigenous Materials - Bamboo Construction in Darjeeling and Sikkim - (Abstract)

Spring Term 2014

January 8th: Dr Roar Myrdal (R&D Director Construction Chemicals, Normet International Ltd. Adjunct Prof. at Norwegian University of Science and Technology)
Concrete chemistry: Chemical admixtures, sprayed concrete, concrete binders and current R&D (abstract).

March 5th: Dr Stefano Utili from University of Warwick.
Novel numerical and analytical methods for geohazards assessment (abstract)

March 19th: Dr Angelos Tzimas from University of Warwick.
Resilient minimal-damage post-tensioned steel frames (abstract)

April 2nd: Dr Catherine OSullivan, Reader at Imperial College
Recent observations on the particle scale mechanics of granular materials (abstract)

April 23th: Dr Qing Ni from University of Warwick.

April 30th: Dr Colin Thornton, Senior Research Fellow, School of Chemical Engineering, University of Birmingham
Quasi-static shear deformation of granular media (abstract)

Autumn term 2013

October 23th: Dr. Carlos Lam from University of Manchester.
The use of polymer solutions for deep excavations. (abstract)

November 13th: Dr Li Zhe from Chagan University (Xian, China).
Experimental analysis on the stability of loess slopes under artificial rainfall (abstract)

December 11th: Dr Mohaddeseh Nezhad from University of Warwick.
Three dimensional brittle fracture: configurational-force-driven crack propagation (abstract).

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