University of Salford

 

University of Salford, School of Computing, Science and Engineering

 

University of Salford has a renowned engineering department with an international reputation in many fields including theory and research of arch bridges. The school of engineering offers outstanding facilities and expertise to deliver teaching research and consultancy at the forefront of technology.

 

The School has an active research and enterprise community. There is research in several areas including structures, transport, water and sustainability. The research is returned in several groups, with the Built Environment return achieving a 5* rating. The School hosts the EPSRC's International Network for Sustainable Masonry Arch Technologies (SMArT) and also the Centre for Sustainable Technology and Regeneration (STaR) Centre.

 

The University of Salford has long-term expertise on large-scale testing of concrete and masonry. It offers a well-established set-up for testing masonry arches. Facilities include large concrete laboratory with reinforced concrete floor, test-rigs for building masonry arches, technical expertise on fabrication, instrumentation and testing, various monitoring and data logging techniques, such as 3D acoustic emission, strain and displacement measurement, etc. as well as analytical expertise into Finite Element modelling and analytical techniques.

 

A large number of large-scale tests have been carried out at the department on testing masonry arches under static and cyclic loading for single and multi-ring arches. The applicability and efficiency of steel and fibre reinforced polymers for reinforcing masonry arches is also of being investigated.

 

The school has strong links with the industry and bridge owning authorities such as Network Rail, British Waterways, Weber sbd, Physical Acoustics as well as various consultancy groups such as Faber and Maunsell, Parkman and Mouchel Group.

 

Relevant University of Salford Projects

  • Influence of ring separation on the fatigue performance of masonry arch bridges and the efficacy of composite strip strengthening - funded by EPSRC and Network Rail
    Large-scale laboratory testing of a series of nine 3m span arches and four 5m span arches under static and cyclic loading with and without FRP reinforcement.

  • European Network on Sustainable Masonry Arch Technologies (SMArT) - funded by EPSRC
    Organised by the University of Salford with the aim to promote, disseminate and apply research into the assessment, maintenance and construction of masonry arch structures. The network is currently working on identifying the research required on masonry arches in collaboration with bridge/arch owners and the industry, documenting case studies, current and past projects. Twice-yearly meetings are arranged in order to encourage collaborations between industry and research institutes.

  • Steel strip strengthening of multiring masonry arches
    A series of 3m masonry arches were tested under cyclic loading to investigate the applicability of steel strip strengthening and fatigue of multiring masonry arches.

Prof. Clive Melbourne is:

  • currently the convenor of the Institution of Structural Engineers 'Arch Bridges' informal study group.
  • advisory Panel member for the Institution of Civil Engineers' Bridge Engineering Journal
  • Steering group committee member for TRL masonry arch strengthening technologies research.

PARTICIPANTS
 Prof. Clive Melbourne
 

 

School of Computing, Science and Engineering
University of Salford
Newton Building
Salford Crescent
Salford
Greater Manchester
M5 4WT
http://www.salford.ac.uk/
UK
 

 

 

 Dr. Adrienn Tomor
  

School of Computing, Science and Engineering
University of Salford
Newton Building
Salford Crescent
Salford
Greater Manchester
M5 4WT
http://www.salford.ac.uk/
UK