About the Group

Our focus is on structural resilience against climate, natural and human-induced hazards.We are a leading group in research on structures resilience against natural hazards, addressing contemporary challenges aligned to international priorities, eg disaster prevention and recovery (earthquakes and strong winds), advanced manufacturing of high-performance structures for design efficiency and reduction of material use, adaptative response to climate change and increased loads by introducing novel net-zero retrofitting solutions for aging infrastructure.

Smart and sustainable materials

We are pushing boundaries of research on traditional and innovative and intelligent construction materials including masonry, cementitious and non-cementitious composites, and innovative repair materials. We perform experimental testing and computational modelling of the mechanics, durability and resilience of those materials. We also develop damped concrete and improvement of engineering properties of structural materials at nano-scale.

Digitalisation and intelligent computing for infrastructure

By adopting a holistic digitally empowered multi-faceted approach, we virtually experiment to create materials of the future. By digitally and computationally empowered workflows, we're able to develop generative design and multi-disciplinary optimisation for structural design accounting for change in future requirements and impacts of the climate change in order to minimise the environmental footprint. Digitalization plays a vital role in maintenance of the infrastructure, with consideration for aging, increased demand for usage, impact of climate change and shortage of qualified staff for inspections and analysis. We are exploting advance sensing and inspection technologies, whilst digital twinning and machine learning driven decision support will transform how we operate our structures.

Sustainable Energy Systems

We are developing future emerging technologies for suitable energy systems, particularly focusing on the wind energy sector, thus enhancing the concept of Smart Future Cities. Collaborating with University of Birmingham’s Birmingham Energy Institute (BEI), we're driving the decarbonisation of the energy sector to help achieve the Government’s ambitious net zero goal by the 2050 target.

Railway and infrastructure engineering

We deliver research on railway and infrastructure engineering including:

  • Application of embedded sensors and dielectric materials in railway construction materials.
  • Development of smart railway and transportation systems. Train/Track interaction and mitigation of the consequences.
  • Risk monitoring and management across railway functions including failure analysis and the development of their reliability-based design, inspection and maintenance.