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Dr Gabriel dos Santos is the BRE Trust Senior Lecturer in Civil and Structural Engineering at the University of Hertfordshire. His research interests are primarily focused on testing, numerical modelling and the design of steel and composite structures.
More recently, he proposed new recommendations for the design of stainless steel members under concentrated transverse loading. These recommendations were validated against extensive structural member tests, comprehensive parametric finite element analyses and reliability assessments. This resulted in a 10% to 20% improvement in accuracy in comparison to current design guidance in Eurocode 3. The new design recommendations will be adopted in the next revision of the European Standards, which reach an audience of more than 500 million people worldwide. In previous research projects, he analysed the behaviour of innovative connection typologies between steel hollow sections using minimal welding.
He also acquired industry experience as a structural engineer in the design of offshore structures such as modules of FPSO’s (Floating Production Storage and Offloading vessels), particularly the analysis and design for transport, load-out, lifting and fatigue loading scenarios.
He is currently the module leader for structural engineering subjects of the BEng/MEng in Civil Engineering at the University of Hertfordshire. Prior to this post, he was a Graduate Teaching Assistant at Imperial College for four years, where he was awarded “Highly Commended Graduate Teaching Assistant 2017-2018”.
His research interests are primarily focused on the investigation of structural behaviour of steel and composite structures and its components through experiments, numerical modelling and probabilistic assessments aiming for more efficient and sustainable structural design guidance.
Gabriel is the module leader of the following courses:
- Systems, Data and Technologies for Civil Engineering (7ENT1079)
- Structural Design for Fire Safety (7ENT1075) in partnership with BRE Group
- Advanced Structural Analysis and Design (6ENT1074)
- Civil Engineering Structural Design (5ENT1096)
He was also a Graduate Teaching Assistant (GTA) for the following modules of the BEng/MEng in Civil Engineering at Imperial College London:
- Computational Methods I & II (CI1-121 and CI2-221)
- Constructionarium (CI2-212)
- Creative Design I & II (CI1-111 and CI2-211)
- Steel Structures and Design (CI4-432)
- Structural Design (CI2-213)
- Structural Mechanics (CI2-231)
Commercial and public engagement
He is an active reviewer for academic journals, such as 'International Journal of Steel Structures' (ISSN 1598-2351 ISSN 2093-6311, Springer), 'Structures' (ISSN 2352-0124, Elsevier), Thin-Walled Structures (ISSN: 0263-8231, Elsevier) and Applied Sciences (ISSN 2076-3417, MDPI).
A graduate member of The Institution of Structural Engineers (IStructE), where he acts as a corresponding member of the Structural Futures Committee and Student Liaison Officer for the University. He is also member of the Offshore Engineering Society (OES).
He is interested in collaborating with industry and society in general through specialized advisory works and/or contributing to the design and product development of innovative and sustainable structural engineering solutions.
Structural Engineering, PhD, Behaviour and design of structural stainless steel members under concentrated transverse forces, Imperial College London
8 Jun 2015 → 16 May 2019
Award Date: 1 Aug 2019
Civil (Structural) Engineering, MSc, Experimental study of beam-to-column connections between tubular members, Federal University of Rio de Janeiro
31 Jan 2011 → 12 Dec 2014
Award Date: 25 Mar 2015
Civil Engineering, BEng, Durability studies of structural concrete with waste of cellulose industry as additives, State University of Rio de Janeiro (UERJ)
1 Apr 2004 → 31 Dec 2010
Award Date: 28 Sept 2011
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Barros dos Santos, G. & Roberts, J. T.
1/09/22 → 31/07/25
Simplified and advanced design models for stainless steel members under concentrated transverse loading.dos Santos, G. & Gardner, L., 1 Sept 2021, In: ce/papers – Proceedings in civil engineering. 4, 2-4, p. 1513-1522 10 p.
Research output: Contribution to journal › Conference article › peer-reviewOpen AccessFile5 Downloads (Pure)
dos Santos, G. & Gardner, L., 1 Feb 2020, In: Engineering Structures. 204, p. 1-11 11 p., 109810.
Research output: Contribution to journal › Article › peer-reviewOpen AccessFile4 Citations (Scopus)5 Downloads (Pure)
Testing and numerical analysis of stainless steel I-sections under concentrated end-one-flange loadingdos Santos, G. & Gardner, L., 1 Jun 2019, In: Journal of Constructional Steel Research. 157, p. 271-281 11 p.
Research output: Contribution to journal › Article › peer-reviewOpen AccessFile7 Citations (Scopus)23 Downloads (Pure)
Experimental and numerical study of stainless steel I-sections under concentrated internal one-flange and internal two-flange loadingdos Santos, G., Gardner, L. & Kucukler, M., 22 Aug 2018, In: Engineering Structures. 175, p. 355-370 16 p.
Research output: Contribution to journal › Article › peer-reviewOpen AccessFile12 Citations (Scopus)51 Downloads (Pure)
dos Santos, G., Gardner, L. & Kucukler, M., 22 Dec 2017, In: Thin-Walled Structures. 124, p. 258-277 20 p.
Research output: Contribution to journal › Article › peer-reviewOpen AccessFile16 Citations (Scopus)102 Downloads (Pure)