Dr Ben Bridgens
Lecturer in Structural Engineering

  • Email: ben.bridgens@ncl.ac.uk
  • Telephone: +44 (0) 191 208 6409
  • Fax: +44 (0) 191 208 5322
  • Address: School of Civil Engineering and Geosciences
    Room 2.13
    Drummond Building
    Newcastle University
    Newcastle upon Tyne
    NE1 7RU
    UK

Background

Dr Ben Bridgens is a Lecturer in Structural Engineering in the School of Civil Engineering & Geosciences at Newcastle University. His diverse research links expertise in material testing and characterisation, a creative approach to structural design, material ageing, and a desire to achieve truly sustainable solutions through multidisciplinary collaboration:

Current projects include:

Hygromorphic Materials for Sustainable Responsive Architecture. https://blogs.ncl.ac.uk/responsive-materials/

CLEVER - Closed Loop Emotionally Valuable E-waste Recovery. EPSRC funded multidisciplinary collaboration seeking novel solutions to reduce e-waste. http://www.bath.ac.uk/csct/research/projects/20130318-clever.html

NUFEB - New Frontiers in Engineering Biology. EPSRC funded multidisciplinary 'Frontiers' project, which  aims to model and design large scale biological systems. http://research.ncl.ac.uk/nufeb/

The Key - full scale structural monitoring of a tensile fabric structure.

CURE - Creative Upcycled Resource Efficiency. Multidisciplinary collaboration exploring the potential for 'upcycling' to change people's relationship with waste, resources and design.

He initially specialised in the modelling, analysis and testing of flexible woven composite materials and design of tensile membrane structures. His research is informed by five years working at Arup (www.arup.com) where he carried out concept to detailed structural design of a wide range of fabric structures including the Khalifa Bin Zayed Stadium (Abu Dhabi) and National Tennis Centre Reception Building (London) and gained Chartered Civil Engineer status. This experience enables him to closely align his research and teaching with the requirements of the design engineer.

Roles and responsibilities

Degree Programme Director for the MSc in Structural Engineering

Infrastructure Theme Leader and member of Undergraduate Civil Engineering Programme Strategy Group.

Qualifications

PhD Structural Engineering (Newcastle University, 2005)

MEng Civil Engineering (Durham University, 2000)

Memberships

CEng MICE Chartered Member of the Institution of Civil Engineers

Industrial experience

October 2004 – August 2008: Structural Engineer, Arup, Newcastle Office. Lead engineer responsible for all stages of structural design (from concept to detailed design and site supervision). Specialist knowledge of fabric materials, fabric structures design, detailing and analysis; provision of fabric structures advice to Arup worldwide. Responsible for bidding for work, negotiating with Clients, setting up contracts & project management (financial, resource & Quality Assurance).

 

Research Interests

Dr Bridgens' diverse research links expertise in material testing and characterisation, a creative approach to structural design, material ageing, and a desire to achieve truly sustainable solutions through multidisciplinary collaboration:

Current projects include:

Hygromorphic Materials for Sustainable Responsive Architecture. https://blogs.ncl.ac.uk/responsive-materials/

CLEVER - Closed Loop Emotionally Valuable E-waste Recovery. EPSRC funded multidisciplinary collaboration seeking novel solutions to reduce e-waste. http://www.bath.ac.uk/csct/research/projects/20130318-clever.html

NUFEB - New Frontiers in Engineering Biology. EPSRC funded multidisciplinary 'Frontiers' project, which  aims to model and design large scale biological systems. http://research.ncl.ac.uk/nufeb/

The Key - full scale structural monitoring of a tensile fabric structure.

CURE - Creative Upcycled Resource Efficiency. Multidisciplinary collaboration exploring the potential for 'upcycling' to change people's relationship with waste, resources and design.

He initially specialised in the modelling, analysis and testing of flexible woven composite materials and design of tensile membrane structures. His research is informed by five years working at Arup (www.arup.com) where he carried out concept to detailed structural design of a wide range of fabric structures including the Khalifa Bin Zayed Stadium (Abu Dhabi) and National Tennis Centre Reception Building (London) and gained Chartered Civil Engineer status. This experience enables him to closely align his research and teaching with the requirements of the design engineer.

PhD supervision

Artem Holstov (Hygromorphic materials for sustainable responsive architecture)

Mark English (Building Delhi: towards a sustainable solution for mass housing)

Chris Iliffe (A predictive model for the design of functional textiles)

Recently completed PhD students

Nicola Bartle (A probabilistic material framework for the analysis of fabric structures)

Alex Colman (A pragmatic approach to determining the mechanical behaviour of structural fabrics)


Esteem Indicators

Member of the Scientific Committee for Structural Membranes 2013, one of the Thematic Conferences of the European Community on Computational Methods in Applied Sciences (ECCOMAS),
Reviewer for 'Engineering Structures', 'International Journal of Space Structures', 'Journal of Reinforced Plastics & Composites' 

Deputy Chairman of the Tensinet Analysis & Materials working group,

Session chair and member of the Scientific Committee for Structural Membranes 2011 - 5th International Conference on Textile Composites and Inflatable Structures, Barcelona,


Undergraduate Teaching

CEG2303 Construction Materials (Module Leader)

CEG3099 BEng Individual Project (Module Leader)

CEG8307 Structural Engineering Field Course (Module Leader, 60% of 10 credits)

CEG8099 Supervision of undergraduate Stage 4 projects 

Contributions to:

Design of sustainable engineering systems 1 - sketching & visual communication

Design of sustainable engineering systems 3 - architectural building design

Postgraduate Teaching

CEG8307 MSc Structural Engineering Field Class (60%)

CEG8399 MSc Research Methods (20%)

CEG8399 Supervision of MSc research projects