Computational Structural Mechanics


The Computational Structural Mechanics (CSM) group undertakes internationally leading research that i) extends the frontiers of computational mechanics at the conceptual and applied levels, ii) underpins cutting edge applied research in structural engineering, and iii) provides novel modelling solutions for engineering practice. The group is led by Professor Bassam Izzuddin, who has fostered a collaborative ethos with colleagues at Imperial College and cooperated with leading researchers at major national, European and international institutions.

The main focus of the CSM group is the modelling of structures under extreme loading, including earthquake, fire, blast, impact and progressive collapse. In this regard, the group has engaged in the development and application of comprehensive nonlinear structural analysis capabilities, which are incorporated into the advanced program ADAPTIC.

Such capabilities include sophisticated formulations for large displacement analysis of frames and shells, nonlinear material models for steel, concrete and tensioned fabric, novel adaptive nonlinear analysis methods, and robust nonlinear solution procedures. More recently, the group has been undertaking pioneering research on multi-physics modelling (soil-structure interaction), multi-scale modelling (masonry and RC structures) and multi-processing (hierarchic partitioning for HPC).

The work of the group has been supported by research councils and government bodies in the UK, Europe, China and the United States, as well as by leading industrial institutions and consultants such as SCI, BRE and Arup.

Over the past 20 years, the group has included over 20 PhD students, 4 post-doctoral research assistants, and numerous academic visitors, with a publication record exceeding 150 papers in leading international journal and conferences.