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Currently involved in the Leverhulme trust funded project 'An Overlooked Heritage - Revealing the fibrous plaster ceilings of the United Kingdom'. Working with heritage professional bodies and the fibrous plaster industry, this research investigates the properties of historic fibrous plaster ceilings, traditional materials used such as gypsum plaster and hessian fibres plus modern repair alternative materials such as quadaxial glass fibres. Work is both field-based, monitoring historical ceilings and lab-based on both a small scale and large scale.

Research experience includes the Interreg Circular Bio-based Construction Industry project, investigating bio-based construction materials such as sheeps wool, mycelium, cellulose, CLT and wood fibre, and methods of construction compatible with circular economy principles and designing for disassembly and adaptability.

Barrie was also involved with the EPSRC-funded Aerial Additive Manufacturing project which encompassed the development of cementitious based materials for 3D printing by multiple coordinated flying Unmanned Aerial Vehicles (drones). Work included mechanical tests of cured material and extensive rheology and characterisation of fresh material mixes along with practical experiments extruding material using drones.

Expertise related to UN Sustainable Development Goals

In 2015, UN member states agreed to 17 global Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs) to end poverty, protect the planet and ensure prosperity for all. This person’s work contributes towards the following SDG(s):

  • SDG 7 - Affordable and Clean Energy
  • SDG 8 - Decent Work and Economic Growth
  • SDG 11 - Sustainable Cities and Communities
  • SDG 12 - Responsible Consumption and Production
  • SDG 13 - Climate Action
  • SDG 14 - Life Below Water

Education/Academic qualification

Civil Engineering, Doctor of Philosophy, Aerial Additive Manufacturing, University of Bath

30 Sept 201630 Oct 2019

Award Date: 1 May 2020

Civil Engineering, Master of Engineering, MEng (Hons) Civil Engineering, University of Bath

28 Sept 201128 Jun 2016

Award Date: 28 Jun 2016


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