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Professor Marios K. Chryssanthopoulos


University of Surrey, UK

Career Résumé:

Marios Chryssanthopoulos joined the University of Surrey in June 2000 after a period of eleven years at Imperial College where he was Lecturer (1989-95) and subsequently Reader in Engineering Structures (1996-2000).

Marios trained as a Naval Architect at the University of Newcastle-upon-Tyne and the Massachusetts Institute of Technology, and then read for a PhD in Structural Engineering at Imperial College. Before embarking on an academic career, he worked with a firm of structural engineering consultants and the R&D department of a marine classification society.

His research interests relate to how uncertainty in materials, construction techniques and loading influence the performance of structures and the development of design practice. He has undertaken a wide range of experimental, analytical and design-orientated studies, encompassing thin shells of steel and glass fibre composite materials, reinforced concrete and steel framed buildings, and highway bridge structures. During the course of these studies he has supervised eleven PhD theses and numerous dissertations, has collaborated with a number of colleagues both in academia and in industry, and has co-authored over 80 publications, many in leading international journals.

Current research projects:
Imperfection sensitivity of shells
Interaction between buckling and material failure in fibre-reinforced shells
Assessment of manufacturing defects for tolerance specification and quality control
Probabilistic odeling of deterioration and whole-life assessment
Prediction of remaining fatigue life using probabilistic fracture mechanics
Ductility and failure mode control in building frames under seismic loading
Development of probabilistic codes of practice

In structural engineering we should strive to understand and quantify the behaviour of systems as opposed to individual components. Given that codes of practice are currently almost exclusively based on component design, there is scope for applied research on many different aspects of structural systems. Cross-fertilisation between construction and manufacturing should contribute to the successful transition from components to systems in structural design. Equally, the drive for lighter and more durable construction materials promotes the development of novel structural systems, in which different constituents are odeling for maximum benefit. There is also a need to predict the performance of structures over their entire life, in order to improve our decision making process both at the initial stage and during service. In the longer term, this research will be absorbed into the new generation of design codes.

The above mentioned projects have high analytical and numerical odeling content, with selective experimentation providing physical insight into the various phenomena and the opportunity for model validation.

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