Areas of Expertise (7)
Education About Earthquakes
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).
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.”
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
A theoretical and experimental exploration of the seismic dynamics of multi‑span bridgesBulletin 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.
Physical Modeling of the Seismic Response of Gas Pipelines in Laterally Inhomogeneous SoilJournal 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.
Significance of non-stationary characteristics of ground-motion on structural damage: shaking table studyBulletin 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.
A computer vision approach for dynamic tracking of components in a nuclear reactor core modelNuclear 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.
Nonlinear seismic analysis of a high-pier, long-span, continuous RC frame bridge under spatially variable ground motionsSoil 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