Behaviour and strength of reinforced, prestressed concrete members under static, dynamic and sustained loading: flat slabs, shear in reinforced andprestressed concrete members; slab deflections, precast concrete connections.
Optimum design of reinforced and prestressed concrete members and structures; time-dependent deformations of reinforced and prestressed structures of normal and high performance concretes, partial prestressing; field measurements on bridges and other structures.
Deterioration of masonry due to building movement; differential movements in composite construction; limit states design in masonry; mechanisms of fracture and fracture mechanics of masonry and concrete in uniaxial and multiaxial states of stress: design and manufacture of masonry components; new and post-tensioned masonry. Use of advanced composites in post-tensioning and rehabilitation.
Theoretical treatment of structures: matrix and computer methods of analysis; finite element analysis in static, dynamic and large deflection problems; seismic response of cable-stayed bridges, temperature effects in structures; finite element analysis of reinforced concrete structures under seismic loading.
Structural risk and reliability-based design; engineering risk and reliability analysis; probabilistic modelling and extreme events; reliability-based design and codification, stochastic dynamics; risk assessment.
Ice forces on bridge piers and offshore structures, field measurement of ice forces and bridge response; properties and behaviour of ice rubble in ice-structure interactions.
Structural/Mechanical function and behaviour of normal and healing ligaments, cartilage, and the spine; finite element models; equipment development; whole joint mechanics; cell-load interactions; cryopreservation.