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Biography

I am a structural engineer at heart and an academic, with close to 20 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 in 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 on emerging materials. I have been working on research schemes involving the use of pultruded fibre reinforced polymer profiles. The research revolves around the development, implementation and applications of novel structural systems and connections, particularly with closed sections of PFRP.

Recent research work includes 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 Innovate UK.

 

 

Research Interests

The team 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.

Ongoing FRP research focuses on key primary areas such as material property characterisation, jointed systems, structural component design, and advanced FRP frames systems.

 Below outlines 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.

Recent research projects include the development of novel structural systems using advanced FRP composites:

  • Development of pultruded FRP composite columns
  • Development of lightweight hybrid floor systems with FRP superstructural elements
  • The Performance of FRP Micro-Structures around Openings, Holes and Corners.

 

 

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