Flood resilience is an increasingly significant design criteria for building structures. Whilst many of the adaptations are at planning or architectural level, there are important steps that structural engineers can take in design.
Where structures are known to have a high likelihood of flooding, property level protection measures may be cost effective. However, as climate changes and population density increases a significant number of lower risk buildings are likely to experience at least one flood event during their design life. We therefore need affordable and achievable flood resilience measures that can be applied in routine construction.
This talk considers how we can tailor cementitious material, from nanostructure up, to enhance strength and resilience, and explores how careful specification of wall materials could reduce the severity of flood damage.
Muzzamil Shakil is a doctoral researcher at the University of Bath, funded by the EPSRC. During his PhD Muzzamil was awarded the Queen Elizabeth Jubilee scholarship to advance his micro and nanostructural analytical skills at University Laval, Canada. His interests are centred around nanomaterials and concrete technology with a particular focus on synchrotron based experimental techniques.
Fiona Gleed is a Chartered Structural Engineer who completed her IPD with Arup in Bristol before spending a decade at UWE teaching undergraduates across a range of built environment courses. She is now a postgraduate student at the University of Bath investigating drying behaviour of masonry walls with funding from BRE.