Design of Bolted Connections in Structures of FRP Section
Combined programme of computational modelling and physical tests to obtain new information for the preparation of guidance and design rules for bolted joints in structures of FRP section. Results from the PhD project will be used to inform the preparation of clauses towards the writing of design standards.
Design of Bonded Connections in Structures of FRP Section
Investigation into how we can specify details for safe and reliable joints in primary structures of FRP sections where the main method of connection is by adhesive bonding (with or without mechanical fastening). Results from the PhD project will be used to inform the preparation of clauses towards the writing of design standards.
Mechanical Properties of FRP Materials for Civil Engineering Works
Measurement for, and calculation of, characteristic strengths and stiffnesses of FRP materials to be scoped in a structural Eurocode. Focus will be given to assessing test methods and test procedures that can be recommended for a standard test method (currently standard test methods from BSI, CEN, ASTM are not suitable for FRP materials found in civil engineering (new-build) works). Because measurement of shear properties is a specific challenge it will be a major theme of the research work.
Instability of Frame Structures with Highly Shear Deformable Members
Design and commissioning of an experimental test method to measure the instability response of shear-flexible portal frames. Assessment of the novel test results will be made using existing in-house modelling approaches and advanced finite element analysis. This fundamental research project would have an impact in designing FRP structures if beam-column members are of batten or sandwich construction.
What is the Minimum Carbon Usage in Residential Dwellings?
Research into the inter-relationship between choice of construction materials, the structural form and the energy management scheme for housing to possess the lowest possible carbon loading.
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