The University of Sheffield
Department of Civil and Structural Engineering

Reversible Shear Connectors For Use In Composite Construction

Supervisor: Prof Buick Davison

Reuse of structural steel elements from building structures offers significant environmental benefits through the avoidance of melting and reforming of sections. If considered at the design stage, deconstruction techniques allow structures to be conveniently dismantled thus facilitating reuse in future projects. The potential environmental benefits associated with deconstruction would significantly contribute to sustainable construction methods and increase the share of structural steel in the market. One of the key challenges to the adoption of design-for-deconstruction in steel construction is the irreversible connection between steel framing elements and insitu concrete composite floor decks. This project will develop new connection techniques to facilitate quick and cost-effective demountable composite steel-framed buildings.

This project is NOT FUNDED, although Departmental/University scholarships are available for applicants who can demonstrate strong evidence of research potential.