The Infrastructure Research Group has expertise across structural and geotechnical engineering. We address research challenges found onshore and offshore, supporting sustainability and resilience.
The Infrastructure Research Group focuses on the sustainability and resilience of civil engineering infrastructure, to address societal needs in energy, mobility and the built environment.
We have expertise across structural and geotechnical engineering, and we work on projects and technologies on land and in the ocean. We are a group of around 15 academics, working with a team of Research Fellows and PhD students and a network of collaborators across industry, government and other stakeholders.
We are based at Boldrewood Innovation Campus in the National Infrastructure Laboratory (NIL), which is equipped with modern facilities for data-rich structural testing at large and small scale, as well as accelerated small scale geotechnical testing using a centrifuge.
Most of our activities fit 3 main themes:
We engage strongly with transdisciplinary initiatives, to broaden the reach of our activity. Examples include the Southampton Marine & Maritime Institute and the International Blast Injury Research Network.
We provide specialist training courses on specific topics to industry. We also engage with industry on a consultancy basis and to aid knowledge transfer from research to practice.
We develop high-performance construction materials to enable efficient, resilient, and sustainable structures and infrastructure. This meets modern society’s needs and mitigates current and future risks.
We leverage emerging technology to transform offshore engineering for ocean renewables. This is vital to achieve net zero and meet future energy demand.
We build advanced models to better understand explosion effects in urban areas. This is crucial for enhancing the resilience and protection of buildings and occupants.