Structural Engineering is a research area of the section of Civil and Architectural Engineering. Researchers working in this area investigate load-carrying and deformation capacity of concrete structures. This involves traditional and innovative concrete structures, and the assessment of the structural safety of existing structures. Research in this area is led by Associate Professor Henrik Brøner Jørgensen.
The research area is characterised by a focus on developing design models and assessment methods that can be used in practice. This approach requires experimental and theoretical research in tandem, where models are evaluated and confirmed through physical testing.
The group is internationally recognised for its work on developing plasticity theory, and is active in the following domains of concrete structures: behaviour and design methods for structural concrete, design of innovative structures, shear in structural concrete, shear in prestressed beams, design and strength of connections, serviceability design of connections, strengthening of existing structures, and residual load-bearing capacity of damaged existing structures.
The experimental research is conducted in the structural laboratory, which is equipped with state-of-the-art equipment for experimental research on concrete structures.
A mechanical model was developed for calculation of the combined bending and tensile capacity of so-called U-bar loop connections. Said connections are used to ensure structural continuity between precast deck slabs of steel-concrete composite bridges. The model is now implemented in the final draft for the new European Standard for Concrete Structures, Eurocode 2.
The model has been applied in practice for the design of bridge deck connections. Read more here.
A mechanical model was developed for calculation of the shear capacity of looped wire rope connections between precast concrete wall elements. The model is simplified and formulated in a Design Bulletin that forms the basis for design of such connections in Denmark.