The foundation of our research is our expertise in civil engineering structures (such as bridges and buildings) and a detailed understanding of the mechanics of constructions materials (such as steel and concrete).
Our particular areas of specialisation include:
- Structures in fire and at elevated temperatures
- Advanced composites and emerging structural engineering materials
- Strengthening and repair of infrastructure
- Silos and thin-walled structures
- Dynamic effects in structures and materials
- Structural health monitoring non-destructive testing
- Biomechanical applications of structural engineering
The University of Edinburgh has substantial facilities for physical testing and computational analysis of structures. We regularly conduct mechanical, material and thermal tests on a wide range of specimens. These tests range from simple coupon strength tests, to large-scale bespoke tests of structural elements under complicated loads.
- Structures testing equipment from small coupons to full-scale structures in The Structures Laboratory
- Structures in fire test equipment
- Non-destructive testing and structural health monitoring
- Finite element and discrete element analysis software
- A range of computer hardware, including supercomputer access at the Edinburgh Parallel Computing Centre
- Facilities for fire testing and materials characterisation
We regularly carry out consultancy work upon structural engineering problems, including:
- Prototype testing and development before a structure is built
- Coupon tests to determine material strength
- On-site structural testing and assessment
- Computational modelling for design and assessment
- Forensic investigation of failures
- Design code development
- Up to date knowledge on the latest structures research and development
- Courses and seminars relating to our areas of expertise
We welcome any opportunity to work with external organisations upon collaborative projects, and the University has a variety of models for collaboration, such as consultancy contracts, knowledge transfer partnerships (KTPs) or sponsored research.
Our consultancy work is arranged through the University's commercialisation organisation, Edinburgh Innovations.