Learn more about the Materials Technology Research Group
The Materials and Structural Technology Research Group specialises in structural design, evaluation and analysis.
The Materials and Structural Technology Research Group also specialises in heavy building materials and researchers from the Group examine how these materials can be used sustainably in the construction sector. The Group’s overarching mission is to develop solutions for industrial challenges and to help produce a construction environment with zero carbon footprint.
More specifically however, the Materials and Structural Technology Research Group’s areas of interest include:
- Construction aggregates from both primary and secondary sources
- Unbound mixtures
- Bound mixtures, such as asphalt and concrete
- Structural engineering design, evaluation and analysis
- Analysis and optimization of steel, concrete, bridges and pavement engineering (roads, highways and airports)
The Materials and Structural Technology Research Group provides a valuable advisory service for European Union directives. Members also undertake technology transfer activities through awareness seminars, conferences, industrial-training events, consultancy and short courses.
Recently, the Group has had fantastic successes on a number of key projects, including a £285,000 DTI funded project, which investigated the use of waste plastic and rubber in concrete and asphalts for use in school playgrounds.
The Group collaborated with Tarmac Group, RAPRA, WRAP and TRL. The Group also worked on a £750,000 MIRO funded project to investigate alternative uses for waste construction materials in road foundations. On this project, researchers from the Group collaborated with theTarmac Group, RAPRA, TRL, Birmingham University and UKQAA.
Finally, the Group have also worked on a £10,000 project funded by the Aggregate Levy in Wales, which investigated the use of waste slate aggregates in concrete. For this project, the Group collaborated with the Tarmac Group, Grace Construction ltd and Alfred McAlpines ltd.
Contact the Materials Technology Research Group
If you’d like to ask a question or find out more about information about this Group, please contact the team using the details below.
Contact: Hassan Al Nageim
Henry Cotton Building
15-21 Webster Street