Testing and analysis of the world's first metal 3D printed bridge
Date & Time

27 November 2019
18:00 Reception for 18:20 start, 19:30 finish

Location

47-58 Bastwick Street, London, EC1V 3PS
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Free for members and non-members.

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Testing and analysis of the world's first metal 3D printed bridge

Date & Time

27 November 2019
18:00 Reception for 18:20 start, 19:30 finish

Location

47-58 Bastwick Street, London, EC1V 3PS
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Price

Free for members and non-members.

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This presentation will look at wire and arc additive manufacturing (WAAM). This is a method of metal 3D printing that is suited to the requirements of the construction industry in terms of scale, speed and cost. Using this technology, a 10.5 m span footbridge, the first of its kind, has been constructed.

The testing, analysis and verification of the bridge and its components are described in this presentation.

The experiments performed have included material testing, compressive testing of cross-sections and full-scale load testing of the bridge, and have featured the use of 3D laser scanning and Digital Image Correlation.

Parallel finite element modelling of the full bridge and its constituent elements has also been performed as part of the verification. The project highlights the potential for metal 3D printing in structural engineering, as well as the challenges and necessary considerations for design.

Speaker

Leroy Gardner is Professor of Structural Engineering and Director of Research in the Department of Civil and Environmental Engineering at Imperial College London. He is engaged in teaching at both undergraduate and postgraduate level, industry training, specialist advisory work and leading an active research group in structural engineering.

Professor Gardner’s principal research interests, in respect of which he has co-authored four textbooks, seven book chapters and over 400 technical papers, lie in the areas of structural testing, numerical modelling and the development of design methods for steel structures.

He is Editor-in-Chief of two international journals and serves on the editorial boards of five others.

He chairs a number of IStructE and BSI committees, is the UK National Representative on the European Working Group for the structural steel design standard EN 1993-1-1, and is a Fellow of both the Institutions of Civil and Structural Engineers.

Prof. Gardner was awarded the prestigious IABSE prize in 2017 and was appointed Distinguished Visiting Professor at Tsinghua University in 2018.

Additional Attendee Information

Places are limited and this event has a waiting list, please cancel the ticket if no longer required.

Contact

Email - [email protected]

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