Imperial College London

Emeritus ProfessorDavidNethercot

Faculty of EngineeringDepartment of Civil and Environmental Engineering

Senior Research Investigator



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Professor David A Nethercot OBE, BSc, PhD, DSc, FREng, FIStructE, FICE, FCGI, is former Head of the Department of Civil and Environmental Engineering at Imperial College and former Deputy Principal (Teaching) of the Engineering Faculty. He has more than thirty years experience of research, specialised advisory work and committee activity in the area of steel, aluminium and composite construction.  He was previously on the staff at Cardiff, Sheffield and Nottingham Universities, including 5 years as Head of Department at Nottingham. 

A particular interest has been the influence of connection behaviour on the overall performance of frame structures, where he has been responsible for major programmes of combined experimental and numerical work that underpin design treatments in British, European and other national standards, as well as industry design guides such as those produced by the SCI.  Current research interests include progressive collapse of structures and light gauge and stainless steel construction.

The author of some four hundred technical papers, he has supervised more than forty externally funded research projects - several of them on an international basis - and has spoken - often as a keynote presenter - in more than fifty countries worldwide.  He was for more than 10 years chairman of the BSI Committee responsible for BS5950 and for UK input into EC3,  is a past chairman of IABSE's technical committee responsible for oversight of all the Association's technical activities and a past Deputy Chairman of the Council of the Steel Construction Institute.

Ten of his papers have won Institution prize.  He was awarded a DSc degree in 1993 and elected to the Royal Academy of Engineering in that same year.  He is Past President of the IStructE and a former Council Member of the Royal Academy of Engineering. In 2006 he was awarded an OBE for services to Structural Engineering, was the 2008 recipient of the Charles Massonnet prize from the European Convention for Structural Steelwork and received a Gold Medal from the Institution of Structural Engineers in 2009.



Kyvelou P, Hui C, Gardner L, et al., 2018, Moment redistribution in cold-formed steel sleeved and overlapped two-span purlin systems, Advances in Structural Engineering, ISSN:1369-4332

Kyvelou P, Gardner L, Nethercot DA, 2018, Finite element modelling of composite cold-formed steel flooring systems, Engineering Structures, Vol:158, ISSN:0141-0296, Pages:28-42

Walport F, Gardner L, Real E, et al., 2018, Effects of material nonlinearity on the global analysis and stability of stainless steel frames, Journal of Constructional Steel Research, ISSN:0143-974X


Kyvelou P, Gardner L, Nethercot DA, Composite action between cold-formed steel beams and wood-based floorboards, Eighth International Conference on Advances in Steel Structures (ICASS)

Nethercot D, Kyvelou P, Hui C, et al., The changing basis for the design of cold-formed steel purlin systems, Eighth International Conference on Advances in Steel Structures (ICASS)

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