Sustainable & Resilient Structures Research Group

Welcome to the Sustainable & Resilient Structures research group at the National University of Ireland, Galway (NUI Galway). The research group was founded in 2008 by Dr. Jamie Goggins. The core expertise of the group is in developing sustainable and resilient structures for buildings and energy infrastructure. We apply leading-edge scientific and engineering methods to develop the improved infrastructure and built environment required for sustainable social and economic development. We have a strong history of collaboration with industry and international research institutes. We are part of the SFI MaREI Centre for Energy, Climate and Marine and lead the Materials & Structures research area within that national research centre. We have developed a world-leading large structures test cell in the Alice Perry Engineering building at NUI Galway. This is one of the few test facilities in the world available for accelerated life testing of full-scale tidal turbine blades, but we also use it for testing other large scale structural systems. In this state-of-the-art testing facility, located in the Alice Perry Engineering building in NUI Galway, we are collaborating with and testing novel structures for world-leading leading marine renewable energy companies, testing large aerospace structures and testing various construction technologies. We also access other laboratories internationally to help deliver our research programme, such as numerous shake table test facilities in Europe for full-scale testing of structures subjected to real earthquake loading.