Laurie Clough

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Structural Response to Blast and Thermal Loading

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I am a Senior Lecturer in the School of Civil Engineering and Surveying at the University of Portsmouth.

Prior to my current position I worked for Arup as a Graduate Structural Engineer, Alan Wood & Partners as an Engineer, and Avize as a Principal Engineer.

I spent three years (2012-15) undertaking a PhD in blast effects on steel structures at the University of Southampton.

Research Interests


Blast interaction with buildings

Structural response to blast loading & static loading

Explosive fireball gauging

Fire / Thermal:

Explosive thermal loading

Thermo-mechanical response of structures under fire /thermal loading

Fire damage on cladding panels

Synergistic Response to Thermal and Blast Loading:

Combined response of strucutures to thermal and blast load

Steel material response to combined high strain, strain rate and thermal loading

Education/Academic qualification

Ph.D., Synergistic Response of Steel Structures to Thermal and Blast Loading, University of Southampton

Award Date: 23 Feb 2017

Master of Science, MEng Civil and Structural Engineering, University of Sheffield

Award Date: 26 Jun 2007


  • TH Building construction
  • TA Engineering (General). Civil engineering (General)
  • U Military Science (General)


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