Simon Clubley

Dr Simon Clubley

BEng(Hons) MBA PhD EurIng CEng MICE MInstP

  • Senior Lecturer in Structural Engineering and Blast Engineering

Research and expertise

My research group primarily examine the complex dynamic consequence of impact, ballistic fragmentation, blast and explosive interaction with structures which represent one of the biggest challenges to critical infrastructure resilience and public safety. 

Principal areas of expertise and experience include:

  • Conventional high-explosive damage assessment extending to long-duration blast loads incorporating sustained high-energy and thermal shock wave effects on a wide range of structures,
  • Extreme loading analysis requiring collapse and destabilization assessment predictions using hydrocodes and transient structural dynamic methods,
  • Fully instrumented non-ideal air blast (NIAB) experimental trial design for yields ranging from: smaller 100g cutting charges to 135kg TNT equiv. high-explosive arena testing extending to high-energy full scale nuclear shock tube simulation at national facilities in the UK & US,
  • Novel methods of structural inspection and analysis of components including, acoustic tracking of glass breakage, high-speed photography and laser topology, fibre optic controlled material instrumentation and sonar tracking of sub-surface hydraulic damage.

Past and current research partners from industry and government include: AWE Plc, UK MOD, UK Home Office, DSTL Counter Terrorism, CPNI, US DTRA, Network Rail, Spurpark Ltd, MMT NetSurvey, Kongsberg Maritime and Rosehill Polymers.

Recent publications

Denny, J and Clubley, SK (2019) Investigating the predictive capacity of Eulerian CFD to model long-duration blast loads on finite cross-section geometries, International Journal of Safety and Security Engineering, 9(1), pp.73-85, ISSN: 2041-9031. DOI: 10.2495/10.2495/SAFE-V9-N1-73-85.

Denny, J and Clubley, SK (2019) Evaluating long-duration blast loads on steel columns using computational fluid dynamics, Structure and Infrastructure Engineering, ISSN: 1573-2479. DOI: 10.1080/15732479.2019.1599966.

Clough, LG and Clubley, SK (2019) Steel column response to thermal and long duration blast loads inside an air blast tunnel, Structure and Infrastructure Engineering, ISSN: 1573-2479. DOI: 10.1080/15732479.2019.1635627.

Denny, J and Clubley, SK (2018) Long-duration blast loading and response of steel column sections at different angles of incidence, Engineering Structures, pp.331-342, ISSN: 0141-0296. DOI: 10.1016/j.engstruct.2018.10.019.

Keys, RA and Clubley, SK (2017) Establishing a predictive method for blast induced masonry debris distribution using experimental and numerical methods, Engineering Failure Analysis, 82, pp.82-91, ISSN: 1350-6307. DOI: 10.1016/j.engfailanal.2017.07.017. 

Johns, RV and Clubley, SK (2017) Experimentally Investigating Annealed Glazing Response to Long-Duration Blast, Journal of Structural Engineering (United States), 143(11), ISSN: 0733-9445. DOI: 10.1061/(ASCE)ST.1943-541X.0001888.

Wijesundara, LMG and Clubley, SK (2016) Damage state identification for reinforced concrete columns in uplift due to internal building detonations, Engineering Structures, 127, pp.804-823, ISSN: 0141-0296. DOI: 10.1016/j.engstruct.2016.07.051.

Keys, RA and Clubley, SK (2016) Experimental analysis of debris distribution of masonry panels subjected to long duration blast loading, Engineering Structures, 130, pp.229-241, ISSN: 0141-0296. DOI: 10.1016/j.engstruct.2016.10.054.

Johns, RV and Clubley, SK (2016) The influence of structural arrangement on long-duration blast response of annealed glazing, International Journal of Solids and Structures, 97_98, pp.370-388, ISSN: 0020-7683. DOI: 10.1016/j.ijsolstr.2016.07.012.

Wijesundara, LMG and Clubley, SK (2016) Residual Axial Capacity of Reinforced Concrete Columns Subject to Internal Building Detonations, International Journal of Structural Stability and Dynamics, 16(8), ISSN: 0219-4554. DOI: 10.1142/S0219455415500509. 

Wijesundara, LMG and Clubley, SK (2016) Numerical modelling of reinforced concrete columns subject to coupled uplift and shear forces induced by internal explosions, Structure and Infrastructure Engineering, 12(2), pp.171-187, ISSN: 1573-2479. DOI: 10.1080/15732479.2014.1002502. 

Wijesundara, LMG and Clubley, SK (2015) An analytical approach for quantification of glazing hazard in buildings subject to external explosive blasts, Structure and Infrastructure Engineering, 11(12), pp.1583-1599, ISSN: 1573-2479. DOI: 10.1080/15732479.2014.982134.

Johns, RV and Clubley, SK (2015) Post-fracture response of blast-loaded monolithic glass, Proceedings of the Institution of Civil Engineers - Structures and Buildings, 168(7), pp.469-478, ISSN: 0965-0911. DOI: 10.1680/stbu.13.00099.

Clubley, S, Manes, C, Richards, D (2015) High-resolution sonars set to revolutionise bridge scour inspections, Proceedings of the Institution of Civil Engineers - Civil Engineering, 168(1), pp.35-42, ISSN: 0965-089X. DOI: 10.1680/cien.14.00033.

Clubley, S, Manes, C, Richards, D (2015) 1400033: High-resolution sonars set to revolutionise bridge scour inspections, Proceedings of the Institution of Civil Engineers: Civil Engineering, 168(2), p.58, ISSN: 0965-089X.

Clubley, SK (2014) Long duration blast loading of cylindrical shell structures with variable fill level, Thin-Walled Structures, 85, pp.234-249, ISSN: 0263-8231. DOI: 10.1016/j.tws.2014.08.021.

Clubley, SK (2014) Non-linear long duration blast loading of cylindrical shell structures, Engineering Structures, 59, pp.113-126, ISSN: 0141-0296. DOI: 10.1016/j.engstruct.2013.10.030.

Teaching

I contribute to learning and teaching activities including structures, materials, design and architecture:

Undergraduate teaching:

  • Part A structural forms and analysis
  • Part A architectural tectonics
  • Part A construction technology
  • Part B structural mechanics and analysis
  • Part C teamwork structural design project
  • Part C dissertation project studies

Enterprise

I lead the Blast Engineering Research Group and regularly acts as a consultant subject matter expert to both industry and government in this specialist and challenging area of engineering science.

I am a Senior Lecturer in Structural Engineering and Blast Engineering with specific expertise in the effects of extreme high-risk loading on structures. I lead the Blast Engineering Research Group and regularly act as a consultant subject matter expert to both government and industry in this important and challenging scientific area. 

Prior to joining academia, I benefited from an extended period in industry encompassing complex heavy civil engineering projects and subsequently, defence research examining blast and shock effects on structures and materials. I am a professionally qualified Chartered Engineer, Chartered Civil Engineer and a Member of the Institution of Civil Engineers and Institute of Physics reflecting combined professional interests in structures, blast physics and computational simulation.

Awards

  • 2016: Institution of Civil Engineers, Bill Curtin Medal - research and design innovation, sonar monitoring of bridges for hydraulic scour
  • 2013: University of Southampton, Excellence in Teaching Awards - (i) outstanding lecturer in Civil Engineering, (ii) overall outstanding lecturer in the Faculty of Engineering
  • 2009: AWE Plc, Bronze Award for research excellence - effects of air blast on structures
  • 2009: University of Manchester, Alliance Business School Prize – best industrial MBA project study
  • 2007: Institution of Civil Engineers, Bill Curtin Medal - research and design innovation, heat straightening steel bridges
  • 2005: Institution of Civil Engineers, Institution Medal – international paper competition, excellence in steel bridge repairs
  • 2003: Institution of Civil Engineers, Miller Prize - composite Bi-Steel structures
  • 2002, 2003 & 2005: Institution of Civil Engineers, First Prize – Southern Branch