Our research combines fundamental physical understanding with advanced numerical methods to design better products and processes. Key to this research are techniques for modelling at each appropriate scale, and for scale-bridging so that the properties of systems at different scales can be linked, optimised and controlled.
The recently refurbished Structures Test Hall is our high-headroom lab for testing large and unusual structural assemblies.
The strong floor and reaction frame systems give great versatility in the types of test that we can carry out, and we have a state of the art Instron actuator system for applying two independent loads under precise computer control.
The foundation of our research is our expertise in civil engineering structures (such as bridges and buildings) and a detailed understanding of the mechanics of constructions materials (such as steel and concrete).