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Research Projects

Current and Recent Grants
  • Characterising dynamic performance of fibre reinforced polymer structures for resilience and sustainability, Warwick academic team is Stana Zivanovic (PI) and Toby Mottram (Co-I). EP/M21505/1 from 01/10/2015 to 30/09/2018 (36 months) £721k, with industrial and university support from

    Larkfleet Homes, Network Rail, Optima Projects Ltd., Sinclair Knight Merz(Europe) Ltd. (Jacobs), Swiss Federal Laboratories of Material Science and Technology EMPA, The University Iuav (Venice), and University of Exeter.

  • DURACOMP project web pages - Providing Confidence in Durable Composites (DURACOMP), (EPSRC project web pages) Multi-university project funded by the 2012 Ground and Structural Engineering Call. Project Team is Toby Mottram (PI), Mark Evernden (Bath), Wendel Sebastian (Bristol), Chris Pearce & Lukasz Kaczmarczyk (Glasgow), Phil Purnell (Leeds) and Peter Gosling & Chris Kilsby (Newcastle). EP/K026925/1 from 01/05/2013 to 04/08/2016. £1.4m, with industrial support from Aquamarine Power Ltd., Formax UK Ltd., Highways Agency and Parsons Brinckerhoff.SUMMARY: Composite materials are at the heart of a fundamental evolution in aerospace and automotive design, offering light-weight responses to the low-carbon agenda. The transformative potential of composites for infrastructure – driven by their extraordinary strength- and stiffness-to-weight ratios – is as an enabling technology in three arenas key to the installation of a resilient, adaptable, low-carbon UK infrastructure: development of advanced low-carbon generation capacity (e.g. wind, wave or tidal turbines); adaptation of existing structural components for amended or extended service (e.g. bridge repair); and realisation of radical structural forms (e.g. load-bearing shells). The main hurdle that composites must overcome is concern over their durability in a 50+ year infrastructure environment. The DURACOMP project will address this by leapfrogging the conservative assumptions used in aerospace and automotive design and developing a stochastic modelling framework specifically for infrastructure composites. This will involve a three-pronged, approach based on: physical testing of structural connections and joints, and materials; computational modelling of multi-scale structures; and probability analysis of properties, loads and environmental (climate change) factors. The multi-university DURACOMP team will deliver the basis of a new paradigm for specification of composite solutions in Ground and Structural Engineering, driven by the need to prepare the UK’s infrastructure for an uncertain future.

  • Collaborating with Dr. Ana M. Girão Coelho, now with Steel Constuction Institute. Ana was a Marie Curie European Intra-Fellow at Warwick University from 01/08/13 to 31/07/15, working on the project PFRPStruJoin - Structural Joints for Building Frames of Pultruded Fibre Reinforced Polymers. Aim of PFRPStruJoin was to conduct advanced and relevant research for the preparation of scientifically founded design rules for mechanically fastened joints in building frames of pultruded Fibre Reinforced Polymer (FRP) composite materials. By using Adavanced computational analysis (Abaqus) she simulated the initiation and grow of key distinct modes of failure that determine the structural response in bolted joints.
  • Connections and Joints for Buildings and Bridges of Fibre Reinforced Polymer, Toby Mottram (PI), Standard Research, EP/H042628/1, EPSRC, 01/10/2010 for 42 months, £522k, with industrial support from Mott MacDonald Bridge Engineering Group and Access Design and Engineering (fabricators).
  • Standard for Load Resistance Factor design (LRFD) of Pultruded Fiber-Reinforced Polymer (FRP) Structures, Toby. Mottram (PI), Sub-agreement with University of Wisconsin-Madison, 01/01/2008 for 33 month, $60k (to Warwick), from total of $1.3m from the American Composites Manufacturers Association. Pre-standard complete in November 2010.

  • Startlink Lightweight Building System, Toby Mottram (local PI) with EXEL Composites (project PI), and six industrial partners (Startlink Ltd., John Hutchinson Architect, Larkfleet Homes, OCS Plastics, Optima Projects Ltd. and Costain), Technology Strategy Board (Low Impact Building Competition of Summer 2008), 01/01/2009 for 36 months, £80k from total funding of £1.3m.