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Thomas Ashton Institute

Safer structures

How to continuously improve the safety and increase the resilience infrastructure and industries of today and tomorrow.

This is applying cutting-edge discovery science and technical expertise to the engineering assessment of structural integrity and in traditional areas of occupational safety, as well as mapping the way forward to emerging technologies and industries.

It includes concern for how materials, components, joints and structures may fail, including due to degradation over time, and what may be done to address this. It also considers new and more extreme working environments, the new materials used and the development of new techniques to assure resilience. It may also include design and fielding of advanced materials and new manufacturing techniques (such as 3D printing or biotechnology). Work in this theme will inform the regulatory regimes for the technologies and materials of the future.

It will consider how infrastructure can be designed and constructed in a safer way: this may include organisational, cultural and management aspects as well as novel and emerging technological solutions (such as sensors).

It builds on The University of Manchester's expertise in engineering and materials, and links with HSE’s science programme on the UK’s Asset Base and Future Evidence.