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Alumni reception at the Royal Academy of Engineering: ‘Shakes and waves: implications of modern engineering for human and economic health’

An Alumni and supporters event
Date29 June 2017
Time18:30 to 20:30
PlaceThe Royal Academy of Engineering Prince Philip House 3 Carlton House Terrace London SW1Y 5DG

The University of Exeter invites all alumni to attend this special event at the prestigious Royal Academy of Engineering (Prince Philip House) in London. Come and meet fellow alumni and staff from the University of Exeter, enjoy drinks and canapés and hear about Exeter’s cutting-edge research into the future of modern engineering. Two Exeter academics will discuss the impact of shaking buildings on our health and explore how research into offshore energy is enabling low carbon economic growth.

We spend 90% of our lives in buildings which vibrate non-stop, but there is still very little reliable information about the effect of structural vibration. Professor Aleksandar Pavic will discuss his leading research into the impact of ‘wobbly’ civil engineering structures such as skyscrapers, bridges and buildings, examining how this can affect wellbeing and behaviour of the people that live and work inside them. The Millennium Bridge is the most well-known example of ‘vibration serviceability failure’ - when a large structure vibrates excessively, but never falls down. Today, up to 40% of London’s built environment vibrates and with over 400 tall buildings planned for London between now and 2030, Professor Pavic’s research is crucial for finding ways to mitigate the negative effects this motion can cause on human health and the economy. Professor Pavic will explore the key issues and effects of vibration serviceability failure, as well as VSimulators – a new unique research facility designed to ensure that humans are placed at the centre of future design in the same way they are currently placed when designing cars.

With a growing energy demand in the UK and around the world, it is essential to address the global challenge of climate change by enabling a secure and sustainable energy future. A new report by the Government’s advisory body the Committee on Climate Change highlights the benefits that wind and marine energy bring to the economy by growing new industries and supporting the transition into a low-carbon economy. RenewableUK estimates that CO2 reductions of 16,797,497 tonnes per year are achieved through the generation of electricity from offshore energy. Professor Lars Johanning’s research into marine technology has paved the way for innovations which enable low-carbon economic growth and clean, sustainable power to be provided to the next generation. Professor Johanning will discuss his research in energy security and global warming, exploring ways to deliver energy from the ocean for the 21st century.

Professor Aleksandar Pavic holds the Chair in Vibration Engineering and leads the Vibration Engineering Section in the Engineering discipline. His expertise is in vibration serviceability of slender civil engineering structures, such as long-span floors, footbridges and grandstands, which are occupied and dynamically excited by humans.

Professor Lars Johanning is the Chair of Ocean Technology and Head of Offshore Renewable Energy at the University of Exeter. He is a leading researcher with international recognition in the field of ocean energy and technology with a focus towards hydrodynamics and mooring systems.

How to book: Tickets are available at £10 each via our online store. Guests and non alumni are welcome to attend. 

ProviderAlumni and supporters

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