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Civil Engineering facilities

The Civil Engineering Research Facility consists of a dedicated laboratory facility. The testing laboratory is dedicated to research and development work, encompassing both empirical and numerical testing/design programmes. Recent research projects include:

  • Development of a novel water purification system using plant extracts for developing countries
  • The use of novel vegetable fibre geotextiles to reinforce and reinstate contaminated soils
  • Improving the performance of unpaved roads in Africa
  • Performance of lime mortars in masonry
  • The use of thermally desorbed soils in concrete and mortars
  • Fire resistance of masonry structures
  • Sustainability and the sustainable use of building materials
  • Structural behaviour of long span steel concrete composite structures
  • Behaviour of shear connectors
  • Behaviour of concrete filled composite columns
  • Fire engineering of steel and composite structures
  • Robustness and prevention of progressive collapse to steel and composite structures

The research group has been very successful in recent years, obtaining a number of research grants from highly regarded UK funding agencies, namely the Engineering and Physical Sciences Research Council (EPSRC) and the Department of Trade and Industry (DTI), together with industrial consultancy projects. Collectively the group has received awards in advance of £750k in the last 5 years.

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