MAterials and STructures (MAST) Research Group

The MAterials and STructures (MAST) Research Group explores many aspects of structural, mechanical, marine, composites and civil engineering

The four principal foci are:

There is no hard boundary between these fields and inter-disciplinary research is encouraged.

Recent and ongoing research areas

Marine engineering

  • Durability in the marine environment
  • Marine renewable energy (MRE) devices
  • Naval architecture
  • Structural fire safety of offshore platforms
  • Fatigue mechanism of reinforced concrete in marine applications
  • Design and optimisation of connections in marine structures.
Composites engineering

  • Composites manufacturing, especially resin infusion processes
  • Materials characterisation by destructive and non-destructive techniques
  • Multi-phase modelling of biomaterials
  • Numerical modelling and optimisation techniques for stress, heat and moisture transport
  • Smart materials and intelligent structures
  • Engineered nanomaterials and nanotechnology applications
  • Thin films and nano-coatings
  • Medical implants and biomaterials
  • Sustainable composites, including life cycle assessment and waste management.

Civil and Structural engineering

  • Durability of concrete structures
  • Sustainable homes for developing countries
  • Dynamic testing and analysis of full-scale and model structures
  • Reliability analysis of thin-walled stainless steel members
  • Geopolymer concrete
  • Properties of cement mortar/concrete with Graphene Oxide
  • Fire safety engineering design of structures
  • Concentrated solar power technology
  • Ground improvement and soil-structure interaction.
Structural Integrity

  • Residual stresses in components and structures
  • Fatigue design and life prediction
  • Fatigue and fracture of surface coated engineering materials
  • Elevated temperature fatigue.