Imperial College London

Emeritus ProfessorDavidNethercot

Faculty of EngineeringDepartment of Civil and Environmental Engineering

Senior Research Investigator



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306Skempton BuildingSouth Kensington Campus





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.



Ho HC, Xiao M, Hu YF, et al., 2020, Determination of a full range constitutive model for high strength S690 steels, Journal of Constructional Steel Research, Vol:174, ISSN:0143-974X

Hu Y-F, Chung K-F, Ban H, et al., 2020, Investigations into residual stresses in S690 cold-formed circular hollow sections due to transverse bending and longitudinal welding, Engineering Structures, Vol:219, ISSN:0141-0296

Kyvelou P, Nethercot D, Hadjipantelis N, et al., 2020, The evolving basis for the design of light gauge steel systems, International Journal of Structural Stability and Dynamics, ISSN:0219-4554

Walport F, Gardner L, Nethercot D, 2020, Equivalent bow imperfections for use in design by second order inelastic analysis, Structures, Vol:26, ISSN:2352-0124, Pages:670-685

Ho H-C, Chung K-F, Huang M-X, et al., 2020, Mechanical properties of high strength S690 steel welded sections through tensile tests on heat-treated coupons, Journal of Constructional Steel Research, Vol:166, ISSN:0143-974X

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