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Dr Ryan Judge BEng (Hons) PhD

Part Time Academic - Structural Impact & Blast Engineering Civil Engineering and Industrial Design


Personal Statement

Dr Ryan Judge is a part time researcher in blast and structural engineering. Ryan has been actively involved with the university since 2007. Ryan is also a Principal Consultant at Ove Arup & Partners and leads the Resilience, Security and Risk Practice in the North. During his time in industry Ryan has played a key role in a number of major construction projects ranging from new build to restoration and refurbishment and has extensive experience in structural design in the residential, education, healthcare, sport, government and military projects. Ryan's specialisms and research areas lie in the field of numerical simulation of multi-physics problems in engineering, structural dynamics, structural robustness and resilience against blast and impact loading and uncertainty quantification methods in safety critical design. Notable areas of specific expertise lie in the modelling of structural and material response to blast pressure (near and far field); hydrodynamic numerical modelling of high velocity (>1000m/s) impact; assessment and appraisal of hostile vehicle mitigation systems using advanced numerical simulations to inform design classification and certification; and analysis and design of multi-storey structures to resist progressive and disproportionate collapse leading to efficient and protective designs. Notable projects in this area are the design of: Curtis Green (New Scotland HQ), Defence National Rehabilitation Centre (DNRC) for Ministry of Defence, Embassy Buildings for UK and International Governments. Ryan's primary role at the university focuses on fundamental research questions in the area of resilience of systems (in the broadest sense) against extreme hazard shock scenarios. Ryan also leads the Blast & Impact Research Centre under which he is supervising a number of PhD research projects. Ryan has also given talks at a number of UK based workshops (e.g. Group of Experts on Mitigating Systems, GEMS) and international conferences on blast and impact which has led to collaborative research projects with multiple institutions and industry partners. Ryan has also been involved in a number of expert witness investigations related to structural failure, most notable was the recent inquiry into the Hillsborough Disaster in 1989. Ryan obtained his PhD in 2012 on the response of structural cables to blast fragmentation. The study was initiated as a result of his involvement in the design of a number of large cable supported structural systems where the primary concern was sudden cable loss and global un-zipping of the system as a result of fragment impact damage to main back-stay cables initiated by either a person borne or vehicle borne improvised explosive device. This project lead to a number of on-going collaborations with the Defence Science Technology Laboratory (DSTL), Centre for Protection of National Infrastructure for the Home Office (CPNI), Cranfield University/Shrivenham Defence Academy and Bridon International.

Ryan’s proudest achievements are his two daughters Olivia and Alexandra.

Prizes or Honours

  • Learning & Teaching Award in Recognition of Excellence in Teaching (Faculty of Science & Engineering, University of Liverpool, 2015)
  • Institution of Structural Engineers (IStructE) Young Researchers Award (Institution of Structural Engineers, 2011)
  • British Society of Strain Measurement (BSSM) Young Stress Analyst Award (British Society of Strain Measurement, 2010)