Department of Architecture and Civil Engineering

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Contact details

Room: 6E 2.16
Tel: +44 (0) 1225 383182

PhD supervision

Interested in supervising students studying:

  • Vibration and motion serviceability of buildings and structures
  • Structural dynamics and vibration control
  • Structural strengthening
  • Use of advanced composites in concrete structures
  • Impact behaviour of structures
  • Fabric formed concrete structures

Dr Antony Darby

BSc(Hons) PhD CEng MIStructE


Antony Darby is a Reader in Structural Engineering and Head of the Civil Engineering Group. His research encompasses two broad fields: Use of advanced composites in concrete structures and; Structural dynamics.

Antony is a Graduate of the University of Bath. He returned to Bath as a Lecturer in 1999 and is currently a Reader in Structural Engineering. Prior to his return, he worked in industry with contractor M.W. Kellogg, designing structures for petrochemical plants, and at Matra-Marconi Space, designing satellite structures. He studied for his PhD at the University of Cambridge and spent two and a half years as a Leverhulme Research Fellow at the University of Oxford, where he was involved in pioneering work on real-time dynamic sub-structure testing.

Antony's main teaching interests involve design and analysis of concrete structures, structural dynamics, use of advanced composites in construction and plastic analysis. He also teaches 1st year Structures to a mixed cohort of Architects and Civil Engineers.
He has led the authorship of the second and third editions of the Concrete Society's TR55, the UK Design Guidance for Strengthening Concrete Structures using Fibre Composite Materials, and is the appointed UK principal expert on Task Group 1 of the Eurocode 2 committee, responsible for drafting European guidelines on strengthening and reinforcing concrete structures using fibre reinforced polymers.

He has co-organised three international conferences (the First SECED Young Engineers Conference, the 3rd Advanced Composites in Construction Conference, and the 2nd International Conference on Flexible Formwork) and acts as a referee for papers submitted to journals of the Royal Society, the American Concrete Institute, the ASCE and the ICE, amongst others.


Antony's current research interests follow two main themes. The first is the use of advanced composites in construction. This involves using materials, such as carbon fibre, in strengthening applications, as internal reinforcement for concrete structures, and in new build construction. This has led to research into the use of fabric as formwork to create optimised, structurally efficient concrete structures. These structures can use up to 50 per cent less concrete than conventional concrete structures, opening up new and exciting architectural possibilities.

The second theme involves structural dynamics, most recently investigating perception and acceptability of dynamic motion. Working together with an interdisciplinary team of psychologists, physiologists, building physicists and structural engineers, this work will provide the next generation of motion and vibration serviceability criteria. This work is being carried out in collaboration with the University of Exeter. He has also developed passive methods of reducing the dynamic response of structures, in particular the use of impact dampers and has also been looking at the behaviour of concrete structures under high-rate blast and impact loading, and developing methods to mitigate against brittle failure using advanced composites.


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