Department of Civil and Structural Engineering
Sir Frederick Mappin Building
I completed my undergraduate MEng Masters in Civil and Structural engineering at the University of Sheffield where I was awarded the special achievement award at my graduation. My final year project/dissertation title was ‘Development of a CLT-steel shear connection to be integrated into steel framed multi-storey buildings.’ I took an interest in structural dynamics during my 4th year of study and decided to pursue this field further as a PhD.
I am currently researching and developing a performance based seismic design methodology for steel framed moment resistant buildings in order to control the damage, residual drift and floor accelerations. A cost effective optimized solution to reduce residual displacements and damage is essential. Specifically beam column connections are being researched in order to develop and integrate a feasible solution.
Recent activities and achievements
PhD Research Objectives
- Develop a beam column connection, device or method in order to concentrate plastic deformation and energy dissipation at specific parts of the structure
- Develop a performance based design methodology
- Determine optimization criteria
Tasks and Methodology
- Numerical modeling using Abaqus and OpenSees software
- Development of a performance based design methodology for steel farmed multi storey building in order to enable ‘collapse prevention’ in a strong earthquake and ‘immediate occupancy’ and ‘life safety’ in medium earthquakes.