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Research interests

Dr Darby's current research interests follow two main themes and he is interested in supervising PhD researchers in both areas.

The first theme involves structural dynamics, most recently investigating perception and acceptability of dynamic motion. This work is supported by the wold-wide unique EPSRC funded VSimulators facility (joint with the University of Exeter), with a tall building sway simulator being located at Bath. Working together with an interdisciplinary team of psychologists, physiologists, building physicists and structural engineers, this will provide the next generation of motion and vibration serviceability criteria.  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.

The second theme involves 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. Most recently he is carrying out work on natural fibre reinforced geopolymers, developing the next generation of advanced composites.  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.

Teaching interests

Dr Darby teaches a number of Structures related units across both undergraduate and postgraduate programmes, encompassing structural analysis, structural mechanics and advanced concrete design.

Willing to supervise PhD

Interested in supervising students studying:

  • Vibration and motion serviceability of buildings and structures (using the unique VSimulators facility)
  • Structural dynamics and vibration control
  • Structural strengthening
  • Use of advanced composites in concrete structures
  • Impact behaviour of structures

Other responsibilities

Head of the Civil Engineering Group

UK principal expert on Eurocode 2 task group CEN/TC250/SC2/WG1/TG1

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Projects 2007 2021

Kent Harries

Darby, A.

The Leverhulme Trust


Project: UK charity

Marie Curie ITN - EN-DURE

Ibell, T. & Darby, A.

European Commission


Project: EU Commission

Composite materials
Construction industry
Strengthening (metal)
Patient rehabilitation

Research Output 1997 2019

A practical approach to fabric-formed concrete

Kostova, K., Ibell, T., Darby, A. & Evernden, M., 1 Jan 2019, In : Sustainable Construction Materials and Technologies. 3

Research output: Contribution to journalConference article

Buildings for Health, Cities for Wellbeing

Codinhoto, R., Boyko, C., Darby, A. & Watson, M., 26 Feb 2019, (Accepted/In press) Designing Future Cities for Wellbeing. Routledge, 16 p.

Research output: Chapter in Book/Report/Conference proceedingChapter

1 Citation (Scopus)

Impact of sustainable building design on occupant experience: a human-centred approach

Darby, A., Natarajan, S., Coley, D., Maskell, D., Walker, I. & Brownjohn, J., 17 Jul 2019, Proceedings of the Fifth International Conference on Sustainable Construction Materials and Technologies . The International Committee of the SCMT Conferences, p. 1-12 12 p. 5140. (Sustainable Construction Materials and Technologies).

Research output: Chapter in Book/Report/Conference proceedingConference contribution

Open Access


Anchorage and Bond Behaviour of Near Surface Mounted Fibre Reinforced Polymer Bars

Author: Kalupahana, K., 1 Dec 2009

Supervisor: Ibell, T. (Supervisor) & Darby, A. (Supervisor)

Student thesis: Doctoral ThesisPhD


Assessment of Conservativeness in Design of FRP-based Structural Strengthening Systems

Author: Kansara, K., 1 Jan 2014

Supervisor: Ibell, T. (Supervisor), Darby, A. (Supervisor) & Evernden, M. (Supervisor)

Student thesis: Doctoral ThesisPhD


Deep embedment shear strenghtening of reinforced concrete continuous T-beams

Author: Raicic, V., 19 Jun 2019

Supervisor: Darby, A. (Supervisor) & Evernden, M. (Supervisor)

Student thesis: Doctoral ThesisPhD


Design and constructability of fabric-formed concrete elements reinforced with FRP materials

Author: Kostova, K., 12 Oct 2016

Supervisor: Ibell, T. (Supervisor), Darby, A. (Supervisor) & Evernden, M. (Supervisor)

Student thesis: Doctoral ThesisPhD


Effects of Extreme Impulsive Loads on RC Structures with a view to Strengthening

Author: Isaac, P., 1 Mar 2014

Supervisor: Darby, A. (Supervisor), Ibell, T. (Supervisor) & Evernden, M. (Supervisor)

Student thesis: Doctoral ThesisPhD