cain SC

PhD CandidateCain Stratford

Research Title: Seismic Behaviour of GFRP-Reinforced Concrete Members

Cain’s research interests lie in the seismic behaviour of structures and the application of novel construction materials to create effective design solutions. His current research focuses on the development of more durable and resilient reinforced concrete infrastructure by investigating the use of non-corrosive, Glass Fibre-Reinforced Polymer (GFRP) bars. More specifically, he aims to expand the current applications of the bars to compression members expected to withstand lateral seismic loading, with an emphasis on essential structures located in harsh environmental conditions such as bridges and ports. Through extensive experimental testing, Cain aims to capture the cyclic buckling behaviour of the bars and characterise the cyclic response of one-third scale, GFRP-reinforced concrete bridge piers. Furthermore, numerical modelling of prototype bridges will be used to assess the seismic performance of GFRP-reinforced structures and form the basis for the development of design guidance and recommendations for their future use.

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Start date: 2018

Proposed end date: 2022

Type of position sought: Industry