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John Owen

Associate Professor, Faculty of Engineering

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Biography

Dr John S Owen joined the University of Nottingham as a lecturer in the Department of Civil Engineering in 1993, having completed his BEng (Hons) and PhD in Civil Engineering at the University of Bristol. He was subsequently promoted to Senior Lecturer, now Associate Professor, and served as Head of the Department of Civil Engineering from 2009-2014.

Dr Owen is a past chairman of the UK Wind Engineering Society (2009-2012) and was chair of the 6th European and African Conference on Wind Engineering held in Cambridge in 2013. He was chair of the Association of Civil Engineering Departments for 2014-15 and was the ACED representative on the Engineering Professors' Council.

Dr Owen is a Fellow of the Institution of Civil Engineers, a Senior Fellow of the Higher Education Academy, a Member of the Institute of Physics and a Chartered Engineer. In 2016 he was elected a Fellow of the Wind Engineering Society.

Dr Owen is also a member of the Centre for Structural Engineering & Informatics Research Group.

Teaching Summary

Dr Owen teaches structural analysis and structural design. He was the architect of the structures curriculum in years one and two at Nottingham and has at different times taught all of this core… read more

Research Summary

Dr Owen's research focuses on the dynamic behaviour of Civil Engineering structures. His principal interests are in wind engineering, especially the dynamic response of structures to wind,… read more

Selected Publications

Dr Owen teaches structural analysis and structural design. He was the architect of the structures curriculum in years one and two at Nottingham and has at different times taught all of this core structures content. He has also developed his own elective module on earthquake engineering and structural dynamics, which is available to 4th year MEng and MSc students. He is now working on developing an MSc programme in Structural Engineering that will include a focus on wind effects on structures.

Dr Owen has a keen interest in the development of assessment for student learning. He believes that in some aspects Higher Education lags behind the school system in terms of assessment design, especially in the use of learning outcomes and grading criteria. He is leading the Faculty of Engineering's TTP project on assessment and is working to develop the use of on line assessment tools to provide immediate formative assessment for students on his own modules.

Dr Owen is the External Examiner for the Civil Engineering programmes at Heriot Watt University and for the MSc in Structural Engineering and Practice at the University of Birmingham.

Current Research

Dr Owen's research focuses on the dynamic behaviour of Civil Engineering structures. His principal interests are in wind engineering, especially the dynamic response of structures to wind, application of vibration data to structural health monitoring and tubular structures.

Current projects include:

  • Computational modelling of wind loads on tall buildings
  • Computational modelling of wind borne debris flight
  • Modelling damage and degradation in RC structures
  • Emergent modelling of crowd structure interaction on pedestrian bridges
  • Residual strength in post-tensioned bridge structures
  • Progressive collapse of flat slab structures

Dr Owen's immediate research objectives are to complete the commissioning of the new ABL wind tunnel at the University of Nottingham. A range of scoping studies have already been completed to demonstrate the generation of different turbulence regimes. Instrumentation has been developed to measure forces and pressures on building structures and to determine the pedestrian level wind environment. There is also the capability to study section models for bridge deck aero-elasticity.

  • NIETO, F., OWEN, J.S., HARGREAVES, D.M. and HERNANDEZ, S., 2015. Bridge deck flutter derivatives:Efficient numerical evaluation exploiting their interdependence Journal of Wind Engineering and Industrial Aerodynamics. 136, 138-150
  • ABDELATIF AO, OWEN JS, HUSSEIN MFM, 2015. Modelling the prestress transfer in pre-tensioned concrete elements Finite Elements in Analysis and Design. 94, 47-63
  • NIETO, F., HARGREAVES, D. M., OWEN, J. S. and HERNANDEZ, S., 2015. On the applicability of 2D URANS and SST k - omega turbulence model to the fluid-structure interaction of rectangular cylinders: Engineering Applications of Computational Fluid Mechanics Engineering Applications of Computational Fluid Mechanics. 9(1), 157-173
  • RUSSELL, J. M., OWEN, J. S. and HAJIRASOULIHA, I., 2015. Experimental investigation on the dynamic response of RC flat slabs after a sudden column loss: Engineering Structures Engineering Structures. 99, 28-41
  • HAMAD, W. I., OWEN, J. S. and HUSSEIN, M. F. M., 2015. Modelling the degradation of vibration characteristics of reinforced concrete beams due to flexural damage: Structural Control and Health Monitoring Structural Control and Health Monitoring. 22(6), 939-967
  • KOROMA, S. G., HUSSEIN, M. F. M. and OWEN, J. S., 2015. Influence of preload and nonlinearity of railpads on vibration of railway tracks under stationary and moving harmonic loads: Journal of Low Frequency Noise Vibration and Active Control Journal of Low Frequency Noise Vibration and Active Control. 34(3), 289-306
  • S G KOROMA, M F M HUSSEIN, J S OWEN, 2014. Vibration of a beam on elastic foundation with nonhomogeneous stiffness and damping under harmonic moving loads Journal of Sound and Vibration. 333(9), 2571-2587
  • B KAKIMPA, D M HARGREAVES, J S OWEN, 2014. The Computational Fluid Dynamics modelling of the autorotation of flat plates Journal of Fluids and Structures. (In Press.)
  • S P CARROLL, J S OWEN, M F M HUSSEIN, 2014. Experimental identification of the lateral human-structure interaction mechanism and assessment of the inverted-pendulum biomechanical model Journal of Sound and Vibration. 333(22), 5865-5884
  • F NIETO, J S OWEN, D M HARGREAVES, S HERNANDEZ, 2014. S Efficient CFD evaluation of the flutter derivatives of a generic deck box section: CWE In:
  • NIETO, F., HARGREAVES, D., OWEN, J., HERNÁNDEZ, S., 2014. Application of 2d URANS in fluid structure interaction problems of rectangular cylinders (Conference Paper) In: 10th International Conference on Advances in Fluid Mechanics, AFM 2014; A Coruna; Spain; 1 July.
  • HAMAD WI, OWEN JS, HUSSEIN MFM, 2014. Modelling the degradation of vibration characteristics of reinforced concrete beams due to flexural damage Structural Control and Health Monitoring.
  • HAMAD W.I., OWEN J.S., HUSSEIN M.F.M., 2013. The sensitivity of vibration characteristics of reinforced concrete beams under incremental static and cyclic loading Key Engineering Materials. 569-570, 327-334
  • N BOTTERILL, H P MORVAN, J S OWEN, 2013. Numerically modelling the effect of the drag crisis on vortex induced vibration of a circular cylinder: 32nd International Conference on Ocean, Offshore and Arctic Engineering OMAE July 2013, Nantes, France In:
  • B KAKIMPA, D M HARGREAVES, J S OWEN, 2013. A numerical study of flat plate autorotation: EACWE 6, 2013 In:
  • S P CARROLL, J S OWEN, M F M HUSSEIN, 2013. An Optically Based Assessment of Pedestrian Frontal-Plane Balance Behaviour While Walking on a Laterally Oscillating Treadmill: International Conference on Computational Methods in Structural Dynamics and Earthquake Engineering, Kos, June 2013 In:
  • S KOROMA, M HUSSEIN, J S OWEN, 2013. The effects of preload and nonlinearity on the vibration of railway tracks under harmonic load: International conference on vibration problems. Lisbon, Portugal September 2013 In:
  • D KOSTOVASILIS, S KOROMA, M HUSSEIN, J S OWEN, 2013. A comparison between the use of straight and curved beam elements for modeling curved railway tracks: International Conference on Vibration Problems. Lisbon, Portugal, September 2013 In:
  • S KOROMA, M HUSSEIN, J S OWEN, 2013. The Effects of Railpad Nonlinearity on the Dynamic Behaviour of Railway Track: Institute of Acoustics Annual Spring Conference 2013 In:
  • D KOSTOVASILIS, S KOROMA, M HUSSEIN, J S OWEN, 2013. The Effect of Curvature on the Dynamic Behaviour of a Railway Track: Institute of Acoustics Annual Spring Conference 2013 In:
  • HARGREAVES, D. M., KAKIMPA, B. and OWEN, J. S., 2013. A numerical study of flat plate autorotation
  • OWEN, J.S. and HARGREAVES, D.M., 2007. Bridge deck aero-elasticity: comparisons of computational models with wind tunnel tests In: 12th International Conference on Wind Engineering, Cairns, Australia, 1-6, July. 151-158
  • HOANG N C AND OWEN J. S., 2007. FE Model Updating of a RC Bridge Deck with Indeterminate Supports In: Experimental Vibration Analysis for Civil Engineering Structures. 707-714
  • OWEN J. S. AND HOANG N C, 2007. A system identification framework for monitoring concrete bridge decks with indeterminate supports In: 1st International Conference on Modern Design, Construction & Maintenance of Structures.
  • BROWNJOHN, J.M. and OWEN, J.S., 2006. Suggestions for future research, development and application of bridge health monitoring systems In: Third International Conference on Bridge Maintenance, Safety and Management.
  • OWEN, J.S., HARGREAVES, D.M. and GU, X.H.P., 2006. Modelling the Mechanisms of Vortex Induced Response of Bridge Decks In: 7th UK Conference on Wind Engineering.
  • SUN, D.K., WRIGHT, N.G., OWEN, J.S. and LIAW, K.F., 2005. Identification of 18 Flutter Derivatives using CFD Turbulence Modelling In: European-African Conference on Wind Engineering.
  • WRIGHT, N.G., SUN, D.K. and OWEN, J.S., 2005. Wind Effects on Bridges: coupling fluid and structural analysis In: Asia-Pacific Conference on Wind Engineering.
  • SUN, D., WRIGHT, N. and OWEN, J.S., 2005. Using CFD to identify flutter derivatives In: ASCE Mechanics Conference.
  • CHOI, E.C., ZHANG, X., OWEN, J.S. and BROWNJOHN, J.M., 2005. Wind tunnel testing of a section model of the Kessock Bridge In: Asia-Pacific Conference on Wind Engineering.
  • SUN, D.K., OWEN, J.S., WRIGHT, N.G. and LIAW, K.F., 2004. Fluid-structure interaction of prismatic line-like structures using LES and block-iterative coupling In: 5th International Colloquium on Bluff Body Aerodynamics and Applications, Ottawa, Canada, 11-16 July 2004.
  • LIAW, K.F., WRIGHT, N.G., OWEN, J.S. and SUN, D.K., 2004. LES and DES of flow around cylinders In: 6th UK Conference on Wind Engineering.
  • SUN, D.K., OWEN, J.S., WRIGHT, N.G. and LIAW, K.F., 2004. Vortex Induced Vibrations of Kessock Bridge using CFD In: 6th UK Conference on Wind Engineering.
  • KNAPP, G., WRIGHT, N.G. and OWEN, J.S., 2004. The use of CFD in Structural Engineering In: 6th UK Conference on Wind Engineering.
  • OWEN, J.S., 2004. The Wind Induced Response of Kessock Bridge In: 6th UK Conference on Wind Engineering.
  • HALL, S.K. and OWEN, J.S., 2004. The Behaviour of Hollow Section Connections under Seismic Loading The Structural Engineer. 82(4), 22-24
  • OWEN, J.S., 2004. The Wind Induced Response of Kessock Bridge In: Second International Conference on Bridge Maintenance, Safety and Management.
  • OWEN, J.S. and PHIRIYASANGUANPHON, C., 2004. Drag Instability of Circular Cylinders In: 6th UK Conference on Wind Engineering.
  • OWEN, J.S. and PEARSON, S.R., 2004. The use of dynamic data for the structural health monitoring of bridges In: 1st FIG International Symposium on Engineering Surveys for Construction Works and Structural Engineering.
  • RIDLEY-ELLIS, D.J., OWEN, J.S. and DAVIES, G., 2003. Torsional behaviour of rectangular hollow sections Journal of Constructional Steel Research. 59(5), 641-663
  • OWEN, J.S. and HARITOS, N., 2003. Damage detection in large-scale laboratory bridge models Key Engineering Materials: Damage Assessment of Structures V. 245-246, 35-42
  • OWEN, J.S., 2003. Monitoring the degradation of reinforced concrete beams under cyclic loading Key Engineering Materials: Damage Assessment of Structures V. 245-246, 307-314
  • LIAW, K.F., WRIGHT, N.G., OWEN, J.S. and SUN, D.K., 2003. Large Eddy Simulation of Flow around a Circular Cylinder In: 11th International Conference on Wind Engineering.
  • RIDLEY-ELLIS, D.J., OWEN, J.S. and DAVIES, G., 2003. Torsion tests on small and large scale RHS with circular wall cut-outs In: 10th International Symposium on Tubular Structures. 267-267
  • RIDLEY-ELLIS, D. J., OWEN, J. S. and DAVIES, G., 2003. Design of RHS for torsion using simplified thick wall theory The Structural Engineer. VOL 81(PART 11), 31-36
  • PEARSON, S.R., OWEN, J.S. and CHOO, B.S., 2003. Monitoring damage in RC bridge decks using vibration data In: Structural Faults and Repair.
  • KNAPP, G., WRIGHT, N.G. and OWEN, J.S., 2003. Comparison of Full-scale and CFD Results for the Silsoe 6m Cube In: 11th International Conference on Wind Engineering.
  • OWEN, J.S., 2003. Discussion of Vortex-induced vibrations of the Second Severn Crossing cable-stayed bridge - full scale and wind tunnel measurements Proceedings of the Institution of Civil Engineers. Structures and Buildings. 156(3), 332-333
  • OWEN, J.S., PEARSON, S.R., TAN, C.M. and CHOO, B.S., 2002. Classification of damaged and modified bridge beams with vibration signatures Transportation Research Record: Journal of the Transportation Research Board. 1814, 135-144
  • RIDLEY-ELLIS, D.J., OWEN, J.S. and DAVIES, G., 2002. Theoretical and measured torsional behaviour of Rectangular Hollow Sections In: 12th International Offshore and Polar Engineering Conference. 41-47
  • OWEN, J.S., TAN, C.M. and CHOO, B.S., 2002. Empirical model of the non-linear vibration of cracked reinforced concrete beams In: First European Workshop on Structural Health Monitoring. 195-202
  • OWEN, J.S., 2002. Drag Instability and the Response of Lighting Columns to Wind Loading In: 5th UK Conference on Wind Engineering.
  • OWEN, J.S., ECCLES, B.J., CHOO, B.S. and WOODINGS, M.A., 2001. The application of auto-regressive time series modelling for the time-frequency analysis of civil engineering structures Engineering Structures. 23(5), 521-536
  • PEARSON, S.R., OWEN, J.S. and CHOO, B.S., 2001. The use of vibration signatures to detect flexural cracking in reinforced concrete bridge decks Key Engineering Materials: Damage Assessment of Structures IV. 204-205, 17-26
  • RIDLEY-ELLIS, D.J., OWEN, J.S. and DAVIES, G., 2001. Flexural behaviour of Rectangular Hollow Sections with circular side wall openings In: 9th International Symposium on Tubular Structures. 339-348
  • OWEN, J.S., DAVIES, G. and KELLY, R.B., 2001. The influence of member orientation on the resistance of cross joints in square RHS construction Journal of Constructional Steel Research. VOL 57(NUMBER 3), 253-278
  • DAVIES, G., OWEN, J.S. and KELLY, R.B., 2001. The effect of purlin roads on the capacity of overlapped bird-beak K joints In: 9th International Symposium on Tubular Structures,. 229-238
  • TAN, C.M., OWEN, J.S. and CHOO, B.S., 2001. Nonlinear system identification of cracked reinforced concrete beams In: International Conference on Structural System Identification. 281-290
  • TAN, C.M., OWEN, J.S. and CHOO, B.S., 2000. The non-linear vibrations of RC beams with distributed cracks In: Modern Practice in Stress and Vibration Analysis. 273-284
  • CORMIE, D and OWEN, J.S., 2000. The Use of the Finite Element Method to Model Fluid Structure Interaction In: 3rd international symposium on computational wind engineering.
  • ECCLES, B.J., OWEN, J.S., CHOO, B.S. and WOODINGS, M.A., 1999. Non-linear vibrations of cracked reinforced concrete beams In: The 4th European Conference on Structural Dynamics, Eurodyn 99.
  • OWEN, J.S., 1999. Performance of Bridges in the 1994 Northridge Earthquake In: Tempus colloquium.
  • OWEN, J.S. and ECCLES, B.J., 1998. Spectral Analysis of the Response of Kessock Bridge to Vortex Shedding In: 4th UK Conference on Wind Engineering.
  • RIDLEY-ELLIS, D.J., OWEN, J.S. and DAVIES, G., 1998. Rectangular hollow sections as slim floor edge beams In: New Technologies and Structures in Civil Engineering. 145-156
  • RIDLEY-ELLIS, D.J., DAVIES, G. and OWEN, J.S., 1998. Fundamental behaviour of rectangular hollow sections with web openings In: 8th International Symposium on Tubular Structures.
  • DAS, P.C., OWEN, J.S., ECCLES, B.J., WOODINGS, M.A. and CHOO, B.S., 1997. The Role of Dynamic Testing in the Assessment of Bridges Transportation Research Record. ISSUE 1594, 115-124
  • WILLIAMS, M.S. and OWEN, J.S., 1997. The Northridge Earthquake - 17 January 1994 - A field report by EEFIT: Chapter 5, Bridges. I.Struct.E..
  • SCHUMACHER, K.L., SMEE, C.W., SOMEKH, M.G., LIU,Y. and OWEN, J.S., 1996. Photothermal induced refractive index variation for super-resolving far field optical imaging In: Procedings of the Applied Optics Divisional Conference of the Institute of Physics. 136-141
  • OWEN, J.S., DAVIES, G. and KELLY, R.B., 1996. A comparison of the behaviour of RHS bird beak T joints with normal RHS and CHS systems In: The seventh International symposium on Tubular Structures.
  • OWEN, J.S., ECCLES, B.J., WOODINGS, M.A. and CHOO, B.S., 1996. The dynamic response of reinforced concrete beams In: 2nd DTA NAFEMS conference.
  • DAVIES, G., OWEN, J.S. and KELLY, R.B., 1996. Bird beak Tee joints in square hollow sections: A finite element investigation In: 6th International Offshore and Polar Engineering Conference.
  • OWEN, J.S., VANN, A.M., DAVIS, J.P. and BLAKEBOROUGH, A., 1994. The Prototype Testing of Kessock Bridge : Response to Vortex Shedding In: 2nd UK Conference on Wind Engineering.
  • VANN, A.M., OWEN, J.S., DAVIS, J.P. and BLAKEBOROUGH, A., 1994. The Prototype Testing of Kessock Bridge : Long Term Monitoring of Response to Wind Excitation In: 2nd UK Conference on Wind Engineering.

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