Flood Resilience: from microstructure to superstructure
This talk explores opportunities to increase flood resilience measures in construction by tailoring cementitious material from nanostructure up.
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.