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Alfred Gand

MSc MSc FHEA

  • 24 Citations
  • 2 h-Index
20042018
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Biography

I am a structural engineer at heart and an academic, with over 14 years combined experience (nationally and internationally) in higher education teaching, research and practice, structural design, management and delivery of projects on several sectors of the construction industry, notably education, commercial, leisure, sports, retail and residential. I have been part of excellent teams around the globe, and through this have gained significant experience of developing and delivering fully integrated building design solutions for complex projects requiring careful coordination and attention to detail. I am particularly skilled at working within the design, construction and client teams to drive the development of the best possible solutions for projects with a particular focus on buildability, efficiency and cost control.

In academia, I am a passionate teacher of structural engineering courses and often engages in research-informed pedagogy of emerging materials. In the last few years, I have been working on research schemes involving the use of pultruded fibre reinforced polymer profiles. The research revolves around development, implementation and applications of novel structural systems and connections, particularly with closed sections of PFRP. This has been through the pursue of a doctoral degree programme at the University of Warwick, on part-time study mode.

Recent research work include the development of wholly-FRP jointing systems and truss frames. The work was undertaken in collaboration with Startlink Systems Ltd., and the University of Warwick, a project funded by innovative UK.

Some of my research outputs have been recognosed through te Institutiton of Structural Engineers regional awards, summarised below:

  • Commendation, Structural Awards (Research Category) ISE Midlands Regional Group, Nov. 2016 Birmingham.
  • Commendation, Structural Awards (Research Category) ISE Midlands Regional Group, Nov. 2015 Birmingham.

  • Winner, Structural Awards (Research Category) ISE Midlands Regional Group, Nov. 2014 Birmingham.

 

Research Interests

My research focuses on the development of modern construction methodologies using low impact material Fibre Reinforced Polymer (FRP) hybrid systems. FRP structural systems continue to prove to be an efficient and durable alternative to conventional steel and concrete. The primary profile material is manufactured economically by pultrusion. At Coventry University, I am one of the few key research contacts for pultruded FRP research since September 2012 and closely work with teams at University of Warwick through my part-time doctoral degree programme. My on-going FRP research focuses in key primary areas such as material property characterisation, jointed systems, structural component design, and advanced FRP frames systems.

 Below outline thematic areas of my research:

  • Pultruded FRP structural novel joint systems, advanced frames and their integrity

  • Hybrid jointing systems combining FRP, timber, concrete and metallic elements;

  • Development of novel PFRP-reinforced concrete structural systems, acting compositely;

  • Sustainable bonded-in FRP rod jointing systems for timber, concrete elements;

  • Durability of FRP composites looking at ‘accelerated’ aging/hygrothermal effects;

  • PFRP in space and reciprocally framed structures and integrity systems;

  • The behaviour of FRP structural systems at elevated temperature.

External positions

Midlands Regional Commitee Member, Institution of Structural Engineers

Trustee/Director, Koforidua Sectech Old Students' Association UK

School Governor , Warwickshire Local Authority

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Research Output 2004 2018

Behaviour of strengthened timber beams using near surface mounted Basalt Fibre Reinforced Polymer (BFRP) rebars

Gand, A., Yeboah, D., Khorami, M., Olubanwo, A. & Lumor, R. Jul 2018 In : Engineering Solid Mechanics. 6, 4, p. 341-352 12 p.

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Reinforcement
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Silica fume
Glass fibers
Cements
Kraft pulp
Fibers
20 Citations
Civil engineering
Structural design
Fibers
Polymers
Composite materials

Part-time students in the workforce: a guide to practice in course provision

Gand, A., Davies, J., Ordidge, J., Counter, B., Davison, M., Luke, S. & Mills, P. 2012 National HE STEM. 42 p.

Research output: Book/ReportCommissioned report

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Activities 2008 2016

  • 2 Membership of committee
  • 1 Participation in conference
  • 1 Membership of board
  • 1 Membership of council

Warwickshire County Council (External organisation)

Gand, A. (Member)
2016 → …

Activity: Membership of board

22nd International Conference on Composite and Nano Engineering

Gand, A. (Session Chair)
Jul 2014

Activity: Participation in conference

Institution of Structural Engineers (External organisation)

Gand, A. (Member)
2012 → …

Activity: Membership of council

Institution of Structural Engineers (External organisation)

Gand, A. (Vice Chair)
20112013

Activity: Membership of committee

Institution of Structural Engineers (External organisation)

Gand, A. (Chair)
20082009

Activity: Membership of committee

Prizes

ALL-PFRP NOVEL JOINTS AND ADVANCED FRAMES: DESIGN CONCEPTUALISATION AND PROOF TESTING

Alfred Gand (Recipient), 1 Nov 2016

Prize: Prize (including medals and awards)

Testing

Flexural Strengthening of Timber Beams Using NSM Basalt Fibre Reinforced Rebars

Alfred Gand (Recipient), Nov 2015

Prize: Prize (including medals and awards)

Basalt
Timber
Fibers

RECIPROCALLY SUPPORTED MODULES OF PULTRUDED FRP CLOSED SECTIONS

Alfred Gand (Recipient), Nov 2014

Prize: Prize (including medals and awards)

Group

Press / Media

Bridge building with young engineers

Alfred Gand

31/07/17

1 media contribution

Press/Media: Other