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, Chung KF, Xiao TY, et al., 2022, Non-linear necking behaviour of S275 to S960 structural steels under monotonic tension, Engineering Structures, Vol:261, ISSN:0141-0296

Xiao M, Hu Y-F, Jin H, et al., 2022, Prediction of residual stresses in high-strength S690 cold-formed square hollow sections using integrated numerical simulations, Engineering Structures, Vol:253, ISSN:0141-0296

Hu Y-F, Chung K-F, Ban H, et al., 2022, Structural testing and numerical modelling of T-joints between cold-formed S690 circular hollow sections under brace in-plane bending, Engineering Structures, Vol:250, ISSN:0141-0296

Walport F, Arrayago I, Gardner L, et al., 2021, Influence of geometric and material nonlinearities on the behaviour and design of stainless steel frames, Journal of Constructional Steel Research, Vol:187, ISSN:0143-974X, Pages:1-10

Stylianidis PM, Nethercot DA, 2021, Simplified Methods for Progressive Collapse Assessment of Frame Structures, Journal of Structural Engineering, Vol:147, ISSN:0733-9445

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