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Professor Ashraf Ayoub awarded Royal Academy of Engineering/Pell Frischmann Chair

Pell Frischmann Consulting Engineers backs new Chair and research into the structural aspects of nuclear engineering and the effects of multi-hazard risks.
by John Stevenson

Professor Ashraf Ayoub, Professor of Structural Engineering in the School of Engineering & Mathematical Sciences, has recently been awarded a Royal Academy of Engineering/Pell Frischmann Chair in Nuclear Infrastructure Engineering Systems.

Through this Chair, City will seek to establish itself as a world leader in the structural aspects of nuclear engineering subjected to the effects of multi-hazard risks.

nullAt a presentation on 28th May, Professor Ayoub gave an overview of his research into nuclear infrastructure which also included a multi-hazard assessment of cylindrical structures (dry casks) used for storing spent nuclear fuel.

His audience also included Dr Wilem Frischmann, co-founder and Chairman of Pell Frischmann Consulting Engineers, Professor Dinos Arcoumanis, Deputy Vice-Chancellor (International & Development) and academic staff from the Civil Engineering Department.

Expressing his delight at supporting engineering at City, Dr Wilem Frischmann said:

"It is my belief that the use of nuclear technologies can produce clean and safe energy. Nuclear technologies also produce low carbon energy sources with the potential to replace gas and coal. City will increase the exposure of it's students and lecturers to the nuclear new build environment which is currently insufficient, both internationally and in the UK. I am delighted to support this new professorship and City, an institution that has been helpful to me in my education and training as an engineer."

Professor Ayoub is pleased to have been awarded the new Chair and says its areas of study are in keeping with the UK's national goals for low carbon energy provision. Added to this, City graduates will benefit from the uniqueness of studies in this area:

"The field of nuclear energy throws up many challenges. The research we are undertaking will seek to advance the state of knowledge through a comprehensive framework that utilizes high-performance materials, multi-scale modelling, and innovative sensing systems for sustainable design and multi-hazard risk mitigation, including significant earthquakes. We are proposing to have a new MSc in Nuclear Infrastructure, starting in 2014. This unique course will enhance City's stature and provide graduates with a degree qualification which distinguishes them from others in a crowded employment market."

Professor Arcoumanis also welcomes the new Chair:

"The Royal Academy of Engineering/Pell Frischmann Chair in Nuclear Infrastructure Engineering Systems significantly positions City as a leading research and teaching institution. As low carbon energy sources assume greater importance, there will be a corresponding requirement for appropriate technological and engineering solutions and City is very well placed to take advantage of this opportunity."

Professor Ayoub's current research work is in the fields of the analysis and design of nuclear infrastructure systems, nonlinear finite element analysis, constitutive modelling of materials, earthquake engineering, health monitoring of structures, and high-performance construction materials. He is the current chair of the American Society of Civil Engineering ("ASCE") committee on Emerging Computing Technologies, and the past chair of Joint ACI-ASCE Committee 447, Finite Element Analysis of Reinforced Concrete Structures. He also serves on the editorial board of the Journal of Structural Engineering, ASCE.

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