Dr Chris Burgoyne
Originally from Exeter, graduated from St John's College
in 1971, and took a Master's Degree at Imperial College in 1972.
Then worked for the Bridge Section at Cheshire County Council
before returning to Imperial College
to take his PhD on the Buckling of Elastic Beams and Beam-Columns.
Taught at Imperial College until 1989 when he joined CUED. Is
a Fellow of Emmanuel College.
New Materials. Much of our research work looks at the behaviour
of new materials (in particular aramid fibres such as Kevlar
and Technora) for use in structural systems. The fibres are usually
formed as parallel-lay ropes (Parafil), fibre reinforced pultrusions,
or braided rods. The short term properties are well understood,
but our work aims to determine the long term properties so that
due allowance can be made for creep, relaxation, stress rupture
and strength retention. Applications include use as prestressing
tendons for concrete, stay cables for bridges
and roofs, mooring lines for offshore structures and soil reinforcement.
This work is being sponsored by EPSRC and Linear Composites Ltd.
Related work is looking at the behaviour of the terminations for parallel-lay ropes,
the control of bond between FRP and concrete
to prevent brittle failure and the behaviour of very long span
bridges which would require suspension cables made from advanced
Further details are given in a paper presented at FRPRCS-2 in Ghent,
Companies who are associated with this work include Linear Composites
Ltd, Tension Technology International,
Tarmac Building Products, Sir William Halcrow and Partners, Du Pont
Expert Systems. We are studying the design process of prestressed concrete bridges
to include the methods into expert systems. We aim to disentangle
the procedures so that the system can approach the design in a
logical sequence, eliminating iteration wherever possible, thus
emulating expert designers rather than inexperienced novices.
Courses currently taught include Plasticity Theory
on the IB (second year) course, Elastic Theory
on the IIA (third year) course, and the IIB (fourth year) module
on Prestressed Concrete
As Departmental Representative for the Institution of Structural
Engineers, I can provide advice to students at CUED
about the requirements of membership.
I am convenor for the Institution of Structural Engineers Study Group on Advanced Composites
which meets regularly to discuss the use of new materials in structural
I am UK editor for FRP International,
which is a journal produced by American, Canadian and Japanese
institutions to discuss the uses of FRP. Unfortunately, UK readers
have to pay to get copies.
See my publications
- E-mail - email@example.com
- Department Address - Engineering Laboratories, Room IM5, Engineering Dept, University
of Cambridge, Trumpington St, Cambridge CB2 1PZ
- College Address - Emmanuel College, St Andrews St., Cambridge CB2
- Telephone - +44 01223 332698; Fax +44 01223 332662
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