Dr Agathoklis Giaralis (pictured below) has recently been awarded £435,000 for two projects focusing on long span bridges and tall buildings.
The first is for structural health monitoring (SHM) of civil engineering structures (buildings, bridges, wind turbines) and aims to assess their structural integrity
and performance and to detect potential damage induced by i) daily service loads, ii) exposure to environmental effects over the years and/or iii) extreme/accidental loads, either natural (e.g. floods, hurricanes and earthquakes) or man-made (e.g. explosions and traffic accidents).
The second project explores the potential of adaptive control of wind and earthquake-induced building vibrations. This second project will allow for ever-more slender, taller, cost-effective, and aesthetically pleasing tall buildings in congested urban environments (e.g., London, Tokyo, NY, etc. where land use optimisation is essential) through the ability to control wind-induced (and/or earthquake) oscillations. It will also change the purpose and functionality of building structures. For example, an office building could be designed to ensure absolute comfort to occupants during work hours even under future extreme climate change-induced winds for which it has not been initially been built for. During off-hours the same structure becomes a flexible cantilever producing renewable energy from wind.