Steel structural joints dictate the safety level, resilience and sustainability of a steel frame. Conventional design and manufacturing of steel joints, however, results in a low safety margin against extreme events, under-utilisation of material, and increased cost. This project will apply topology optimization tools to develop a number of optimised geometries of steel beam-column joints for increased safety and resilience against multiple hazards, as well as increased sustainability in steel buildings. The optimised joint geometries will cover a wide range of applications, including mitigation of progressive collapse, fire and strong seismic events. The first phase of the project will use advanced topology optimisation tools and multi-physics simulations to develop the optimised geometries, while the second phase will use advanced structural analysis tools to assess the performance of multi-storey frames under multiple hazards.
The scholarship will cover tuition fees and provide an annual stipend of approximately £15,009 for the 36 month duration of the project. It is available to applicants from the UK, EU and overseas.