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Innovation & Research

Issue No. 74 IN THIS ISSUE

Buildings European Innovation Platform

Energy Efficient Buildings Proposal 6 Rendered cladding systems

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Coastal Engineering New design tool for coastal development 7

Codes Eurocode Design for building structures 2

Construction futures Concrete Communication Conference 5

Construction Processes Off-site construction


Energy & Environment Energy Efficient Buildings Proposal 6 A52 Environmental Award European Innovation Platform

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Fire Engineering Stainless steel in fire

Flood Risk Management Analysing future flood risks

Highways & Transport A shoulder to drive on? A52 Environmental Award

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Global Transport Knowledge progress 3

Materials Concrete Communication Conference 5 Stainless steel in fire


Risk Managment Operational risk

Safety A shoulder to drive on?

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Structures Eurocode Design for building structures 2

Also at Structural repair and renewal:

Fire-safe solutions Dr Luke Bisby has joined the BRE Centre for Fire Safety Engineering at the University Edinburgh’s Institute for Infrastructure and Environment as the Arup–Royal Academy of Engineering Senior Research Fellow in Structures in Fire. He is focusing on improving the fire safety of both traditional and new building materials and methods of building repair.


n the wake of several high- profile structural collapses due to fire, engineers are in-

creasingly expected to provide additional structural integrity in fire to resist collapse, and to develop rational and reliable methods to predict and prevent structural failures due to multi- ple hazards. This new reality of structural

design has raised important questions about the engineering community’s understanding of the complex interactions govern- ing the response of bothmateri- als and structural systems to fire. The structural fire safety engineering community has identified several key areas in which current knowledge is lacking, both for existing struc- tures and for the next genera- tion of infrastructure. In some cases, knowledge gaps are a con- sequence of the emergence of newmaterials, such as fibre-re- inforced polymers and high-per- formance concretes, and

innovative structural forms. In other cases, the fire performance of even conventionalmaterials and structural systems remains incompletely understood. Dr Bisby’s research seeks to

find novel engineering solutions to fire safety concerns that cur- rently prevent widespread appli- cation of emerging structural materials and systems, as well as to identify, develop, test, opti- mize, implement, and monitor new fire-safe materials and structural systems for infra- structure repair and renewal. His research is concerned pri- marily with developing amore-

complete understanding ofmate- rials’ thermal andmechanical re- sponse to elevated temperature, and subsequently using this knowledge to develop more ratio- nalmeans to predict structural performance in fire and to sug- gestmore holistic structural de- signmethodologies. Under the umbrella of the

BRE Centre for Fire Safety En- gineering at Edinburgh, Dr Bisby will work with the existing Professor of Fire Safety Engi- neering (Professor Jose Torero) and others to:

• establish a new concept for building safety, where fire safety is fully integrated in the design process;

• develop a research and edu- cational programme that will serve as a vehicle to transfer this new concept into prac- tice; and

• generate and educate a core of leaders who will guarantee that this new concept be- comes fundamental in the fu- ture development of the built environment.

For further information on the Royal Academy of Engineering’s Research Programmes, please contact Rob Barrett (E-mail or

(Top) Dr Luke Bisby,

Arup/RAEng Senior Research Fellow in Structures in Fire

(Above) A full-scale structural fire test on a reinforced

concrete column, strengthened with a fibre reinforced polymer wrap

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For further information about this research please contact Dr Luke Bisby at Edinburgh University (E-mail

August 2008

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