The School has a long tradition of research in the field of structural concrete. A particular interest has been the behaviour of reinforced concrete structural elements. Extensive laboratory test programmes have been undertaken to investigate moment redistribution effects in continuous beams, the behaviour of beam-column connections and tension stiffening effects in beams and slabs. Collaborative programmes have been undertaken with the Queen's University, Belfast, the universities of Glasgow and Leeds and the Southwest Research Institute in San Antonio, Texas. There has also been a significant involvement with the research on the full scale reinforced concrete test building at BRE Cardington.
The School has internationally recognised expertise in the measurement of reinforcement strain and bond stress distributions using purpose-made internally strain gauged reinforcing bars which have featured in the work outlined above. Funding for all these projects has come from EPSRC and industry. For further details, please contact Dr Richard Scott.
Ideas for PhD and MRes projects are in the list here.