Addressing the civil engineering challenges associated with construction materials, structural analysis, and extreme events and structural resilience.
This area involves understanding and addressing the civil engineering challenges associated with three core areas: construction materials, structural analysis, and extreme events and structural resilience.
Within these core areas, topics covered include:
- sustainable development of novel cement, concrete, steel and composites
- structural health monitoring
- sensor technology
- modelling and validation of structural measurements
- structural design
- structure performance under wind loads, earthquakes, fires and tsunamis
- recovery of structures after the events
- blast and impact assessment.
This area makes a key contribution to the UK construction sector. As well as exploring the requirements of early career researchers (ECRs), research areas will be characterised by the following core themes.
In particular, reducing carbon dioxide emissions by using green construction materials and improved design of structures using less material. We will encourage interdisciplinary projects extending to research areas such as materials engineering and built environment, spanning both engineering and chemistry aspects.
Researchers should investigate new methods for preventing damage, repairing ageing infrastructure and longer-life design. The community should continue to address challenges associated with structural resilience to hazards. This should incorporate multidisciplinary thinking, for example multi-scale approaches integrating all communities involved in designing, building, operating and using structures. Researchers should also seek to understand ways to minimise economic losses.
Collaboration with IT-based research areas will maximise recent growth in sensor technologies. Focusing on the use of digital technologies within structural engineering will increase development of smart infrastructure and monitoring capabilities.
Links with other research areas
This area is strongly linked to the ground engineering and built environment research areas, especially in an infrastructure context. We encourage researchers to place their research in the context of the wider system, address common challenges and improve translation to the construction sector.
Researchers should work to maximise the impact of the investment in the UK Collaboratorium for Research in Infrastructure and Cities, and capitalise on the potential for UK leadership further strengthened by this investment.
We will work with the community to understand and address, where possible, any leadership or related skills challenges, particularly in relation to ECRs. We will address this alongside similar needs facing the built environment, infrastructure and urban systems, and ground engineering research areas.