Imperial College London

Dr Adam Jan Sadowski

Faculty of EngineeringDepartment of Civil and Environmental Engineering

Lecturer in Structures



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Dr Adam Jan Sadowski is a Lecturer in the Structures Section. His research interests include the theoretical and computational simulation of the strength and stability of complex metal shell structures, for which he employs methods from shell theory, finite element analysis, applied mathematics and solid mechanics.

He is also a Member of and Committee Secretary to Working Groups for CEN / TC250 / SC3 dealing with EN 1993-1-6 on metal shells (WG06), -1-7 on plate assemblies (WG07), -4-1 on silos (WG15), -4-2 on tanks (WG16) and -4-3 on pipelines (WG17), as well as WG05 for CEN / TC250 / SC1  dealing with EN 1991-4 for actions on silos and tanks. He is also a Member of and Secretary to the European Convention for Constructional Steelwork (ECCS) Technical Working Group 8.4 on shell buckling.

He is a member of SC3 PT5 working on the evolution of EN 1993-1-6 on metal shells and EN 1993-1-7 on plate assemblies, and SC1 PT10 working on the evolution of EN 1991-4 on silo and tank loading.


  • MEng in Structural and Fire Safety Engineering (The University of Edinburgh, 2007; 1st class Honours)
  • PhD in Structural Engineering (The University of Edinburgh, 2010) - Thesis title "Modelling of Failures in Thin-Walled Metal Silos under Eccentric Discharge"
  • MSc in Mathematics (The University of Edinburgh, 2012; with Distinction)
  • PgDip in University Level Teaching (Imperial College London, 2017; with Distinction)
  • Member of the Institute of Mathematics and its Applications (MIMA) since 2014
  • Chartered Mathematician (CMath) since 2015
  • Chartered Scientist (CSci) since 2015
  • Fellow of the Higher Education Academy (FHEA) since 2016

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Brief career history

  • 2011-13: Research Associate at The University of Edinburgh, working on the EU-funded "Combitube" project on the strength of massive tubular members in bending
  • 2012: Teaching Assistant at The University of Edinburgh, delivering the courses "Theory of Structures 3" and "Plastic Analysis of Frames and Slabs 4"



Fajuyitan OK, Sadowski AJ, Wadee MA, 2017, Buckling of very short elastic cylinders with weld imperfections under uniform bending, Steel Construction-design and Research, Vol:10, ISSN:1867-0520, Pages:216-221

Xu Z, Gardner L, Sadowski AJ, 2017, Nonlinear stability of elastic elliptical cylindrical shells under uniform bending, International Journal of Mechanical Sciences, Vol:128, ISSN:0020-7403, Pages:593-606


Rotter JM, Sadowski AJ, 2017, 05.15: Development of circular tube slenderness classifications under axial and bending actions, Pages:1152-1161, ISSN:2509-7075

Wang J, Sadowski AJ, 2017, 04.04: Buckling of elastic cylindrical shells under symmetric but non-uniform bending moment distributions, Pages:838-847, ISSN:2509-7075

Sadowski AJ, Rotter JM, Ummenhofer T, 2017, 12.13: On recent characterisations of the post-yield properties of structural carbon steels, Pages:3577-3583, ISSN:2509-7075

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