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Research interests

Non-invasive hysteretic devices for earthquake-resistant structures; selection and scaling of earthquake ground motion; seismic redesign of structures; nonlinear modelling of RC; timber-to-concrete, timber-to-ferrocement, FRC–to-steel and RC-to-FRC composite/hybrid members; antiseismic rocking columns.

 

Expanded list of research interests:

  • Structural Engineering, Structural Earthquake Engineering, Structural Dynamics
  • Development of low-cost hysteretic energy dissipation devices of low invasivity for passive control of earthquake resistant structures (yield and friction devices): Dissipative bracing and devices locally incorporated at beam-column joint regions
  • Practical engineering procedures for selection and scaling of real earthquake accelerograms for nonlinear time-history analysis
  • Seismic redesign (repair, upgrading, retrofitting) of existing structures
  • Nonlinear analysis of earthquake-resistant structures
  • Modelling of confined concrete under reversed cyclic loading for seismic analysis
  • Development of modern composite & hybrid structural members (timber-to-concrete, timber-to-ferrocement, fibre reinforced concrete-to-steel and reinforced concrete-to-fibre reinforced concrete)
  • Seismic analysis of earthquake-resistant structures with rocking members

Supervisory Interests

If you are a PhD applicant and your research interests match some of mine I'll be glad to hear from you. 

Research interests

Selective list of Master dissertations I have suggested and supervised

  • Performance of simple fork connections made of steel fibre reinforced concrete subject to out-of-plane actions - Samuel James Honeker, 2020 
  • Seismic upgrading of RC structures using non-invasive local incorporation of steel C-devices: Application on soft-storey buildings - Olivia Huges, 2020
  • Seismic retrotif of beam-column pocket connections of precast RC frames under out-of-plane actions - Mohammed Yaqoob, 2019
  • Nonlinear seismic analysis of steel frames with eccentric bracing - Waleed Alsaadi, 2019
  • Seismic retrofit of RC framed structures using steel walls - Darius Byramji , 2019
  • Seismic response of structures with rocking columns - Daria Gorokhova, 2018 
  • Dynamic effects of inter-vehicular collision on a simple bridge - Leonard Davoux, 2017
  • Seismic retrofitting of bridges using hysteretic energy dissipation devices - Lucy Griffiths, 2016
  • Selection and scaling of natural earthquake records for nonlinear time-history analysis of inelastic RC buildings - Pavlos Parastatidis, 2016
  • Experimental behaviour of a timber-to-concrete composite beam - James Hodder, 2015
  • Dynamic response of simple continuos bridges under travelling loads - Marinos Vaos, 2015
  • Bending moments in shallow reinforced concrete basements: A parametric study using the finite element method and nonlinear Winkler soil springs - Ben Tubb, 2013
  • Effect of size and degree of fitting to design spectrum of a family of scaled natural accelerograms on the estimation of inelastic demands - Konstantinos Tsaklidis, 2011
  • Comparison of scaling criteria of natural accelerograms: Implications on the variability of ductility demands of MDOF systems - Konstantina Stamogianni, 2010
  • Ground motion prediction equation for Housner Intensity for Europe, Mediterranean region and the Middle East - Charilaos Poulos, 2010
  • Graphic aids for the preliminary design of dissipative bracing for seismic retrofit: Calibration study using records from a European strong motion database - Elias Toskas-Tasios, 2010
  • Comparative study of instrumental earthquake intensities using European strong ground motion recorded on stiff soil - Tilemakos Vlachos, 2008
  • On the effectiveness of tension-only bracing in earthquake-resistant framed buildings, Mallipody Vijayayakumar, 2004
  • Evaluation de procedimientos de diseño de refuerzo transversal por confinamiento, Carlos Alberto Miramontes Zapata, 2001
  • Estudio parametrico de sistemas de contraventeo con disipadores histereticos, Yazmin Cabrera Garcia, 2001
  • Evaluacion de criterios de escalacion de accelerogramas naturales en el analisis de sistemas inelasticos con varios grados de libertad, Omar Apango Vera, 2001

Education/Academic qualification

PhD, Imperial College London

Master, Imperial College London

Master

Master, University of Texas at Austin

External positions

External Examiner MSc Civil Engineering, Teesside University

Profesor-Investigador (Facultad de Ingenieria), Universidad Autonoma del Estado de Mexico

Profesor visitante (Maestria en Diseño de Estructuras Sismoresistentes), Universidad Autónoma de Guerrero

Research Assistant (NSF project Mexico 85 Earthquake) Phil Fergusson Structural Laboratory, University of Texas at Austin

Keywords

  • TA Engineering (General). Civil engineering (General)
  • Structural Engineering
  • Structural Dynamics
  • Earthquake Engineering
  • Seismic Redesign
  • Nonlinear Analysis
  • Hysteretic Energy Dissipation
  • Earthquake Ground Motion
  • Cyclic Modelling of Confined Concrete
  • Seismic upgrading of existing structures
  • Non-invasive seismic retrofit of existing structures
  • Seismic Response of RC Structures
  • Seismic rocking
  • Composite structural members
  • Scaling of earthquake ground motion
  • Hybrid RC sections
  • Seismic retrofit
  • Seismic upgrading of precast RC structures

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