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Structures and Geotechnical Engineering

Researchers working in the Structures and Geotechnical Engineering group at the School of Computing, Science and Engineering have a good reputation in structural engineering research, stemming from extensive UK and EU funding for areas such as masonry arch bridges, the output from which has driven modern bridge assessment methodologies throughout the world. The research group recently won about £1200k (full economic costings) from EPSRC for a 40-months project on masonry arch bridges. The project partners are The University of Sheffield, Network Rail and Balfour Beatty.

This group supports the successful MSc Structural Engineering postgraduate course.

Structural Engineering Laboratory - Civil Engineering - Engineering Research Centre - School of Computing, Science and Engineering, University of SalfordGeotechnical engineering research focuses particularly on soil-structure interaction problems, analysed using physical and numerical modelling. With first-class laboratory and numerical modelling capabilities, the group undertakes research in the following areas:

  • Stability and Assessment of Integral and Masonry Arch Bridges
  • Soil and Structure Interactions
  • Application of Geosynthesis in the Design of Soil Structures
  • Seismic Structural Design
  • Impact and Blast Analysis
  • Dynamic Loading Analysis
  • Steel Design
  • Novel Membrane Systems for Structural Glass

The key members of the Structural and Geotechnical Engineering Group are listed below:

  • Neil Currie (tall buildings, light-weight structures and sustainability in construction)
  • Jonathan Haynes (glass and steel structures)
  • Dr Philip Leach (structures and steel)
  • Prof. Clive Melbourne (structures and masonry arch bridges)
  • Dr Gareth Swift (soil/structure interaction and geo-mechanical modelling)
  • Dr Jinyang Wang (structures, bridges, masonry and finite element modelling)
  • Dr Laurence Weekes (structures, materials, seismic engineering and finite element modelling)
  • Dr Yu Wang (materials and modelling)