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Dr Thomas Reynolds MEng PhD CEng MICE

Dr Thomas  Reynolds, MEng PhD CEng MICE

Chancellor's Fellow

Office Phone: +44(0)1316505633


Tom is a Chancellor's Fellow in the School of Engineering at the University of Edinburgh.

Tom graduated from the University of Oxford in 2005, and worked in engineering consultancy with White Young Green and Adams Kara Taylor. He was involved in civil and structural engineering design for projects ranging from a new sea lock in Swansea to the Masdar Institute building with Foster and Partners in Abu Dhabi before deciding to return to study for a PhD at the University of Bath in 2010. He then continued there as a Research Associate on a one-year BRE-sponsored project investigating the serviceability of tall timber buildings under static and dynamic wind load. He was then Postdoctoral Research Associate on the Leverhulme Trust sponsored Natural Material Innovation project, working in Michael Ramage's Natural Materials and Structures research group.

Research Interests

Tom looks for opportunities to use a deeper understanding of natural materials to create better buildings using those materials.

Tom investigates stiffness and damping in connections in timber structures, and the results give an insight into the behaviour of structures such as bridges and multi-storey buildings under dynamic loads like wind and footfall.

Modern multi-storey timber buildings, using engineered wood products such as cross-laminated timber, have been constructed in the past few years and present a serious renewable alternative to conventional construction systems for buildings of ten storeys and more. Tom’s research includes measurement of the lateral vibration of some of these structures to inform the design of the tall timber buildings of the future.

Working with various structural engineering consultants, Tom has been able to apply research on dynamics of structural systems to real projects, assessing and designing for the loads imposed by resonance, pendulum behaviour and impact.

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FLOWER approved by the Interreg VA France (Channel) England Programme

Jun 15, 2018

Development of innovative flax fibre reinforcements for composite applications

A strategy to improve the processing of softwood to sustainable biomaterials and biofuels

Sep 21, 2017

In a paper recently published in Biotechnology for Biofuels we are looking at a possible way to improve the processing of timber derived from conifers to feedstock used for sustainable manufacturing of novel biomaterials and biofuels. Softwood, as any other timber, is predominantly composed of plant secondary cell walls - an intricate matrix of polysaccharides and phenolic compounds which surround wood cells. Due to abundance of trees, plant secondary cell walls are the largest, renewable, resource of bioenergy on the planet.

Green method developed for making technical fibres

Sep 07, 2017

The team at the Centre for Natural Material Innovation has designed a super stretchy, strong and sustainable material that mimics the qualities of spider silk and viscose rayon, and is ‘spun’ from a material that is 98% water.

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