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Alfred Gand, FHEA FFB A.M.ASCE

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    Development of superstructural FRP-concrete composite building systems - experimental investigation and analytical work. Novel Superstructural FRP Cellular Beams

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    I am a structural engineer at heart and an academic, with over 17 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. 2019 Birmingham.
    • 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.

    I have supervised close to 100 research projects/dissertations at UG and PG levels.

    Currently, I co-supervise 2 PhD research projects on the developing of novel structural systems using advanced FRP composites:

    - Development of pultruded FRP composite columns

    - Development of lightweight hybrid floor systems with FRP superstructural elements.



    External positions

    Chair of School Governing Board, Warwickshire LA Maintained School

    1 Sep 2020 → …

    Member, Academic Qualification Panel , The Institution of Structural Engineers

    1 Jan 2020 → …

    Chair of Performance and Standards, Warwickshire LA Maintained School

    1 Sep 2019 → …

    School Governor - Rugby, Warwickshire LA Maintained School

    1 Nov 2016 → …

    Trustee, Koforidua Sectech Old Students' Association UK

    Midlands Regional Commitee Member, The Institution of Structural Engineers


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