MAterials and STructures (MAST) Research Group

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

Our five principal foci

Civil and structural materials (composites, concrete and steel)
Principal contact: Professor Long-yuan Li
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Composites engineering (fibres or particles embedded in a matrix)
Principal contact: Professor John Summerscales
Publications

Structural integrity (composites, metals and alloys)
Principal contact: Dr Alistair Cree
Publications

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
  • engineered nanomaterials and nanotechnology applications
  • marine composites
  • materials characterisation by destructive and non-destructive techniques
  • medical implants and biomaterials Multi-phase modelling of biomaterials
  • numerical modelling and optimisation techniques for stress, heat and moisture transport
  • smart materials and intelligent structures
  • sustainable composites, including life cycle assessment (LCA) and waste management.
  • thin films and nano-coatings.

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.