The University of Southampton
Engineering and the Environment

Structures and Solid Mechanics

Structures and solid mechanics research in Engineering and the Environment covers applications in marine, aerospace, civil infrastructure and energy.


Our research covers both the static and dynamic response of materials and structures to load with a special interest in damage mechanisms and high strain rate behaviours.

Key research is in developing experimental approaches to identify material constitutive properties and their structural performance using white light and infrared imaging. Assessment of lightweight structures particularly those manufactured from polymer composite materials.

Testing in the heavy structures lab
Our researchers are developing novel co-blended polymer matrix systems for fire resistant structural marine composites
Fire resistant composites
Our researchers worked on insitu monitoring of tapestry degradation using strain based optical techniques
Monitoring tapestry degradation

Research Areas

Lightweight Structures

High Rate Mechanics

Structural Dynamics and Vibro-acoustics

Structural Imaging and Analysis


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