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Dr Adam Crewe - University of Bristol. Bristol, , GB

Dr Adam Crewe Dr Adam Crewe

Reader in Earthquake Engineering | University of Bristol


Examining the structural damage caused by earthquakes in built environments

Areas of Expertise (7)

Earthquake Education

Earthquake Damage

Earthquake Engineering


Education About Earthquakes

Structural Dynamics

Built Environments


Dr Adam Crewe is based in the Department of Civil Engineering where he examines the likely earthquake impacts that lead to the damage of buildings, bridges, dams, power stations and other built environments, using Bristol's innovative “shaking table” simulation. Dr Crewe's projects include an analysis of ageing nuclear reactors to assess their ability to survive earthquakes and modelling the impact of earthquakes on Masonry walls that do not contain cement mix in the bonding mortar.

Dr Crewe has been part of earthquake investigations in Japan and in Chile as a member of the formal Earthquake Engineering Field Investigation Team that reviews earthquakes globally. He is a member of the Society of Earthquake and Civil Engineering Dynamics (SECED), and Technical Advisor to an education outreach project called IDEERS (Introducing and Demonstrating Earthquake Engineering Research in Schools).






Analysis of DR ADAM CREWE Taipei 101 building using spaghetti in the laboratory Dr Adam Crewe, Department of Civil Engineering



Education (2)

University of Bristol: Ph.D., Civil Engineering 1998

University of Bristol: B.Eng., Civil Engineering 1987

Media Appearances (2)

Bristol selected to advise energy industry on safety of nuclear equipment

University of Bristol  online


Dr Adam Crewe, Reader in Earthquake Engineering and laboratory leader, added: “This alliance will help Bristol expand its seismic qualification services for the UK nuclear industry and is very timely as we are currently investing in two new shaking tables to increase the range of seismic qualification tests we offer.”

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Groundbreaking study: save lives with an earthquake engineering postgrad

The Guardian  online


Adam Crewe completed a PhD at the University of Bristol in 1999. He now heads the department of civil engineering, while researching how various structures respond to earthquakes

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Articles (5)

A theoretical and experimental exploration of the seismic dynamics of multi‑span bridges

Bulletin of Earthquake Engineering

2020 A generalized reduced-order model of a multi-span continuous bridge, on flexible discrete supports, that is subjected to multi-support seismic excitation is presented. This model highlights the key non-dimensional system parameters.

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Physical Modeling of the Seismic Response of Gas Pipelines in Laterally Inhomogeneous Soil

Journal of Geotechnical and Geoenvironmental Engineering

2020 This paper reports on results from a series of 1-g, reduced-scale shake table tests of a 216-m-long portion of an onshore steel gas transmission pipeline embedded in horizontally layered soil. A set of first-order dynamic similitude laws was employed to scale system parameters appropriately.

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Significance of non-stationary characteristics of ground-motion on structural damage: shaking table study

Bulletin of Earthquake Engineering

2019 This paper reports the results of a set of benchmark medium-scale shaking table tests to investigate the significance of the non-stationary characteristics of ground-motion on nonlinear dynamic responses and the structural damage of reinforced concrete (RC) columns.

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A computer vision approach for dynamic tracking of components in a nuclear reactor core model

Nuclear Engineering and Design

2019 The Advanced Gas Cooled Reactors (AGRs) are a vital component of the UK's electricity supply system. Their continued reliable operation is supported by safety cases that include assessments of their seismic resilience to their ultimate lifetimes. These assessments are developed via a complex programme of numerical simulations, physical modelling and shaking table testing.

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Nonlinear seismic analysis of a high-pier, long-span, continuous RC frame bridge under spatially variable ground motions

Soil Dynamics and Earthquake Engineering

2018 Many very large bridges with high piers and long spans are under rapid construction in mountainous regions especially in Western China. However, the current seismic design methods in China are based on a code which only applies to bridges with span up to 150 m. T

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