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Computationally efficient simulation in urban mechanised tunnelling based on multi-level BIM models (2019)
Journal Article
Ninic, J., Bui, H., Koch, C., & Meschke, G. (2019). Computationally efficient simulation in urban mechanised tunnelling based on multi-level BIM models. Journal of Computing in Civil Engineering, 33(3),

The design of complex underground infrastructure projects involves various empirical, analytical or numerical models with different levels of complexity. The use of simulation models in current state-of-the-art tunnel design process can be cumbersome... Read More

A machine learning approach for the estimation of fuel consumption related to road pavement rolling resistance for large fleets of trucks (2018)
Conference Proceeding
Perrotta, F., Parry, T., Neves, L. C., & Mesgarpour, M. (2018). A machine learning approach for the estimation of fuel consumption related to road pavement rolling resistance for large fleets of trucks

There remains a level of uncertainty concerning the methodological assumptions and parameters to consider in the estimation of road vehicle fuel consumption due to the condition of road pavements. In fact, recent studies highlighted how existing mode... Read More

Recent development and remaining challenges in determining unique bridge scour performance indicators (2018)
Journal Article
PRENDERGAST, L., GAVIN, K., STIPANOVIC, I., & SKARIC-PALIC, S. (2018). Recent development and remaining challenges in determining unique bridge scour performance indicators. Baltic Journal of Road and Bridge Engineering, 13(3), (291-300). doi:10.7250/bjrbe.2018-13.417. ISSN 1822-427X

There have been significant developments in the area of vibration based bridge scour monitoring in recent years. Traditional scour monitoring using either visual assessment or diving inspections are now recognised to be very unreliable and highly sub... Read More

Investigation into the bond strength of bitumen-fibre mastic (2018)
Journal Article
Mohammed, M., Parry, T., Thom, N., & Grenfell, J. (2018). Investigation into the bond strength of bitumen-fibre mastic. Construction and Building Materials, 190, (382-391). doi:10.1016/j.conbuildmat.2018.09.084. ISSN 0950-0618

The loss of bond strength in road pavement surfacing due to high traffic loads or moisture is a recurring problem, creating distresses such as ravelling, fatigue and rutting. It is, therefore, important to find a way to prevent or at least delay the... Read More

A coupled thermal-mechanical numerical model of underground coal gasification (UCG) including spontaneous coal combustion and its effects (2018)
Journal Article
Ekneligoda, T., & Marshall, A. (2018). A coupled thermal-mechanical numerical model of underground coal gasification (UCG) including spontaneous coal combustion and its effects. International Journal of Coal Geology, 199, (31-38). doi:10.1016/j.coal.2018.09.015. ISSN 0166-5162

Underground coal gasification (UCG) is a promising option for extracting energy from coal in unworked or hard to access areas of the subsurface. From a geotechnical perspective, UCG involves various complex phenomena resulting from the elevated tempe... Read More

A big data approach for investigating the performance of road infrastructure (2018)
Conference Proceeding
Perrotta, F., Parry, T., Neves, L. C., Mesgarpour, M., Benbow, E., & Viner, H. (2018). A big data approach for investigating the performance of road infrastructure. In n/a

“Using truck sensors for road pavement performance investigation” is a research project within TRUSS, an innovative training network funded from the EU under the Horizon 2020 programme. The project aims at assessing the impact of the condition of the... Read More

Performance of CPT-based methods to assess monopile driveability in North Sea sands (2018)
Journal Article
Byrne, T., Gavin, K., Prendergast, L., Cachim, P., Doherty, P., & Chenicheri Pulukul, S. (2018). Performance of CPT-based methods to assess monopile driveability in North Sea sands. Ocean Engineering, 166, (76-91). doi:10.1016/j.oceaneng.2018.08.010. ISSN 0029-8018

Offshore pile driving is a high-risk activity as delays can be financially punitive. Experience of pile driving for offshore jacket structures where pile diameters are typically < 2 m has led to the development of empirical pile driveability models w... Read More

Centrifuge and real-time hybrid testing of tunnelling beneath piles and piled buildings (2018)
Journal Article
Andrea, F., & Alec M., M. (in press). Centrifuge and real-time hybrid testing of tunnelling beneath piles and piled buildings. Journal of Geotechnical and Geoenvironmental Engineering, ISSN 1090-0241

Tunnels are constructed increasingly close to existing buried structures, including pile foundations. This poses a serious concern, especially for tunnels built beneath piles. Current understanding of the global tunnel-soil-pile-building interaction... Read More

Structural health monitoring for performance assessment of bridges under flooding and seismic actions (2018)
Journal Article
Prendergast, L. J., Limongelli, M. P., Ademovic, N., Anžlin, A., Gavin, K., & Zanini, M. (2018). Structural health monitoring for performance assessment of bridges under flooding and seismic actions. Structural Engineering International, 28(3), (296-307). doi:10.1080/10168664.2018.1472534. ISSN 1016-8664

Bridges can be subjected to damaging environmental actions due to flooding and seismic hazards. Flood actions that result in scour are a leading cause of bridge failure, while seismic actions that induce lateral forces may lead to high ductility dema... Read More

Behavior of reinforced concrete frame with masonry infill wall subjected to vertical load (2018)
Journal Article
Baghi, H., Oliveira, A., Valença, J., Cavaco, E., Neves, L., & Júlio, E. (2018). Behavior of reinforced concrete frame with masonry infill wall subjected to vertical load. Engineering Structures, 171, (476-487). doi:10.1016/j.engstruct.2018.06.001. ISSN 0141-0296

The effectiveness of masonry infill wall on behavior of a Reinforced Concrete (RC) frame subjected to a column failure is studied experimentally. For this reason, one full scale RC frame designed according to Eurocode is statically tested to investig... Read More

An iterative method to infer distributed mass and stiffness profiles for use in reference dynamic beam-Winkler models of foundation piles from frequency response functions (2018)
Journal Article
Wu, W., Prendergast, L., & Gavin, K. (2018). An iterative method to infer distributed mass and stiffness profiles for use in reference dynamic beam-Winkler models of foundation piles from frequency response functions. Journal of Sound and Vibration, 431, (1-19). doi:10.1016/j.jsv.2018.05.049. ISSN 0022-460X

Accurate characterisation of soil behaviour in Dynamic-Soil-Structure Interaction (DSSI) applications remains a significant challenge. Knowledge of the operational soil-structure interaction stiffness is important for applications ranging from earthq... Read More

Micromechanical modeling of tension stiffening in FRP-strengthened concrete elements (2018)
Journal Article
Ghiassi, B., Soltani, M., & Rahnamaye Sepehr, S. (2018). Micromechanical modeling of tension stiffening in FRP-strengthened concrete elements. Journal of Composite Materials, 52(19), (2577-2596). doi:10.1177/0021998317751248. ISSN 0021-9983

This article presents a micromodeling computational framework for simulating the tensile response and tension-stiffening behavior of fiber reinforced polymer–strengthened reinforced concrete elements. The total response of strengthened elements is co... Read More

Probabilistic examination of the change in eigenfrequencies of an offshore wind turbine under progressive scour incorporating soil spatial variability (2017)
Journal Article
Prendergast, L., Reale, C., & Gavin, K. (2018). Probabilistic examination of the change in eigenfrequencies of an offshore wind turbine under progressive scour incorporating soil spatial variability. Marine Structures, 57, (87-104). doi:10.1016/j.marstruc.2017.09.009. ISSN 0951-8339

The trend for development in the offshore wind sector is towards larger turbines in deeper water. This results in higher wind and wave loads on these dynamically sensitive structures. Monopiles are the preferred foundation solution for offshore wind... Read More

Isolating the location of scour-induced stiffness loss in bridges using local modal behaviour (2017)
Journal Article
Prendergast, L. J., Gavin, K., & Hester, D. (2017). Isolating the location of scour-induced stiffness loss in bridges using local modal behaviour. Journal of Civil Structural Health Monitoring, 7(4), 483-503. doi:10.1007/s13349-017-0238-3

Detecting scour by analysing bridge vibrations is receiving an increasing amount of attention in the literature. Others have considered changes in natural frequency to indicate the presence of scour damage; however, little work has been reported on i... Read More

A comparative study on deflection-hardening behavior of ductile alkali-activated composite (2017)
Book Chapter
Zhang, S., Nedeljković, M., Ghiassi, B., & Ye, G. (2018). A comparative study on deflection-hardening behavior of ductile alkali-activated composite. In V. Mechtcherine, V. Slowik, & P. Kabele (Eds.), Strain-hardening cement-based composites, 123-130. Springer Netherlands. doi:10.1007/978-94-024-1194-2_14

Alkali-activation technology as an environmental friendly approach to produce construction materials can lead to a great CO2 emission reduction and provide high potential for waste reutilization. Alkali activated materials (AAMs) generally exhibit be... Read More

Retrofit Design Methodology for Substandard R.C. Buildings with Torsional Sensitivity (2017)
Journal Article
Thermou, G. E., & Psaltakis, M. (2018). Retrofit Design Methodology for Substandard R.C. Buildings with Torsional Sensitivity. Journal of Earthquake Engineering, 22(7), 1233-1258. doi:10.1080/13632469.2016.1277569

Recent earthquakes have revealed the susceptibility of non-ductile reinforced concrete (R.C.) buildings with deficiencies related to stiffness and/or mass irregularities in plan and elevation. This paper proposes a design methodology for the seismic... Read More

Determining the presence of scour around bridge foundations using vehicle-induced vibrations (2016)
Journal Article
Prendergast, L. J., Hester, D., & Gavin, K. (2016). Determining the presence of scour around bridge foundations using vehicle-induced vibrations. Journal of Bridge Engineering, 21(10), doi:10.1061/(asce)be.1943-5592.0000931. ISSN 1084-0702

Bridge scour is the number one cause of failure in bridges located over waterways. Scour leads to rapid losses in foundation stiffness and can cause sudden collapse. Previous research on bridge health monitoring has used changes in natural frequency... Read More

Development of a vehicle-bridge-soil dynamic interaction model for scour damage modelling (2016)
Journal Article
Prendergast, L. J., Hester, D., & Gavin, K. (2015). Development of a vehicle-bridge-soil dynamic interaction model for scour damage modelling. Shock and Vibration, 2016, (1-15). doi:10.1155/2016/7871089. ISSN 1070-9622

Damage detection in bridges using vibration-based methods is an area of growing research interest. Improved assessment methodologies combined with state-of-the-art sensor technology are rapidly making these approaches applicable for real-world stru... Read More