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Dr Finian McCann

Dr Finian McCann

mccannf@lsbu.ac.uk

Civil and Building Services Engineering

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I specialise in analytical, numerical and experimental investigations of a wide range of structural engineering systems and materials. I have numerous years' experience conducting research both in academic and industrial contexts, having also worked as a subsea pipeline analyst in the offshore industry and a structural engineering consultant in the private sector. I currently manage a number of commercial partnerships between LSBU and engineering firms and construction manufacturers, developing innovative real-world solutions.

My research interests include 3D-printed structural components, steel structural mechanics, glass-polymer structural composites, timber engineering, structural fire safety and design, metallic foams and structural reliability. To date, I have published articles in leading high-impact journals and presented at a variety of international conferences on structural mechanics, stability, computational analysis and composite structures.

I regularly conduct a range of commercial testing activities with clients from the construction and building materials industries, raising revenue for LSBU; these activities include a variety of structural qualification testing in addition to fire safety certification testing. I hold a patent on an innovation currently under development at LSBU for a fire safety system for ventilated cladding panels.

I manage a portfolio of SME partnerships within the Sustainable Innovation funding scheme at LSBU, helping local entrepreneurs to bring their local carbon solutions for the built environment to market-readiness.

Postgraduate Research Supervision
Current
Mr Shahzada Danyal SultanDoctoral Research ProjectPhD
Mr Faisal Ahmed AbdulleBehaviour of High Performance Fibre Reinforced Concrete Under Ambient and Elevated TemperaturesPhD
Shirin GhaneiPhD

Awarded in the last 5 years
LSBU Panel Review TrainingPhD
PhD

Imperial College London

2008
2012
MSc in Structural Steel Design and Sustainable Development

Imperial College London

2007
2008
BE in Civil Engineering

National University of Ireland, Galway

2003
2007
Chartered Engineer

Engineering Council

2015
Member of the Institution of Civil Engineers

Institution of Civil Engineers

2020
Member of the Institute of Mathematics and its Applications

Institute of Mathematics and its Applications

2014
Member of the Institution of Mechanical Engineers

Institution of Mechanical Engineers

2015
Fellow of the Higher Education Academy

Higher Education Academy

2017
Engineer
Heerema Marine Contractors

Finite element analysis of subsea pipelines; overview and supervision of experimental campaigns; site engineer at spoolbases in Louisiana and Indonesia.

2012
2015
Commercial/industry
Research Associate
Imperial College London

Oversaw and designed experimental campaign as part of EU-funded FRISCC project regarding concrete-filled steel elliptical hollow section columns.

Elevated temperature testing of cold-formed steel.

Project meetings with partners.

Workshop to disseminate findings

2013
2015
Education
FunderYear wonProjectRole
UCL2022Experimental tests for UCLPrincipal Investigator
METSA WOOD LIMITED2022FJI Testing ConcultancyPrincipal Investigator
UK Manufacturing Symbiosis Network Plus2021SCRAM – Sustainable Construction through Robotic Additive ManufacturingCo-Investigator
The Institute of Structural Engineers2021Fuel load contributions of engineered timber structural componentsPrincipal Investigator
University College London2018SCi136_BEA_letting of facilities_UCL_beam testingPrincipal Investigator
TopHat Labs Limited2017SCi087_BEA_letting of facilities_TopHat_product testingPrincipal Investigator
ProposalProjectRoleFunderStatusStatus last updated
AKTP- Finnian McCann and Ottavia RispoliAKTP- Finnian McCann and Ottavia RispoliPrincipal InvestigatorInnovate UK OPEN In preparationSep 2022
Finian and Abdul new Innovate UK/UsmanFinnian new Innovate UKPrincipal InvestigatorInnovate UK OPEN In preparationMay 2022
Fuel load contributions of engineered timber structural componentsFuel load contributions of engineered timber structural componentsPrincipal InvestigatorThe Institute of Structural EngineersOPEN Approved for submissionFeb 2021
Institution of Civil Engineers
2020
Institution of Mechanical Engineers
2015
Institute of Mathematics and its Applications
2014

Investigating local buckling in highly slender elliptical hollow sections through analysis of 3D-printed analogues
McCann, F. and Rossi, F. (2020). Investigating local buckling in highly slender elliptical hollow sections through analysis of 3D-printed analogues. Proceedings of the 8th International Conference on Coupled Instabilities in Metal Structures. Lodz University of Technology, Poland 13 - 15 Jul 2020

Analysis and design of recycled glass bead sandwich panels in bending
McCann, F. (2021). Analysis and design of recycled glass bead sandwich panels in bending. Composite Structures. https://doi.org/10.1016/j.compstruct.2021.113730

Fire performance of connections between high-strength steel tubular members
McCann, F. and Wang, D. (2021). Fire performance of connections between high-strength steel tubular members. Eurosteel 2020. Sheffield Sep - Oct 2020

Structural and acoustical performance of recycled glass bead panels
Aygun, H. and McCann, F (2020). Structural and acoustical performance of recycled glass bead panels. Construction and Building Materials. 258, pp. 119581-119581. https://doi.org/10.1016/j.conbuildmat.2020.119581

Investigation of acoustical and structural parameters of recycled glass bead composite panels
Aygun, H and McCann, F (2019). Investigation of acoustical and structural parameters of recycled glass bead composite panels. Inter.Noise 2019 - the 48th International Congress and Exhibition on Noise Control Engineering. Madrid, Spain 17 - 21 Jun 2019

Numerical analysis and design of slender elliptical hollow sections in bending
McCann, F and Gardner, L (2019). Numerical analysis and design of slender elliptical hollow sections in bending. Thin-Walled Structures. 139, pp. 196-208. https://doi.org/10.1016/j.tws.2019.03.011

Numerical modelling of hot polymer-coated steel pipeline joints in bending
McCann, F, Ridolfi, G, Karjadi, E, Demmink, H and Boyd, H (2018). Numerical modelling of hot polymer-coated steel pipeline joints in bending. Ocean Engineering. 160, pp. 354-367. https://doi.org/10.1016/j.oceaneng.2018.04.057

Improvement of the isolation of the air cavity for ventilated cladding systems for fire safety purposes
Gonzalo, C, Paurine, A and McCann, F (2018). Improvement of the isolation of the air cavity for ventilated cladding systems for fire safety purposes. CIBSE - Technical Symposium 2018. London 12 - 13 Apr 2018

Numerical analysis of hot polymer-coated steel pipeline joints in bending
McCann, F, Ridolfi, G, Karjadi, E, Demmink, H and Boyd, H (2018). Numerical analysis of hot polymer-coated steel pipeline joints in bending. in: Păcurar, R (ed.) Finite Element Method - Simulation, Numerical Analysis and Solution Techniques IntechOpen.

Postbuckling behaviour of beams with discrete nonlinear restraints
McCann, F, Wadee, MA, Pearson, J and Gardner, L (2016). Postbuckling behaviour of beams with discrete nonlinear restraints. 7th International Conference on Coupled Instabilities in Metal Structures. Baltimore 07 - 08 Nov 2016

Numerical analysis and design of concrete-filled elliptical section columns and beam-columns
McCann, F (2016). Numerical analysis and design of concrete-filled elliptical section columns and beam-columns. Engineering Structures. 131, pp. 90-100. https://doi.org/10.1016/j.engstruct.2016.10.024

Postbuckling strength of slender elliptical hollow sections in compression
McCann, F (2016). Postbuckling strength of slender elliptical hollow sections in compression. Proceedings of 6th International Conference on Structural Engineering Mechanics and Computation. Cape Town 05 - 07 Sep 2016 https://doi.org/10.1201/9781315641645-116

Harmonic analysis of elliptical hollow section tubes in blending.
McCann, F and Wadee, MA (2016). Harmonic analysis of elliptical hollow section tubes in blending. Engineering Mechanics Institute Conference 2016. Nashville, USA 22 - 25 May 2016

Elevated temperature material properties of stainless steel reinforcing bar
Gardner, L, Bu, Y, Francis, P, Baddoo, NR, Cashell, KA and McCann, F (2016). Elevated temperature material properties of stainless steel reinforcing bar. Construction and Building Materials. 114, pp. 977-997. https://doi.org/10.1016/j.conbuildmat.2016.04.009

Local buckling and ultimate strength of slender elliptical hollow sections in compression
McCann, F, Fang, C, Gardner, L and Silvestre, N (2016). Local buckling and ultimate strength of slender elliptical hollow sections in compression. Engineering Structures. 111, pp. 104-118. https://doi.org/10.1016/j.engstruct.2015.12.020

Experimental study of slender concrete-filled elliptical hollow section beam-columns
McCann, F, Gardner, L and Qiu, W (2015). Experimental study of slender concrete-filled elliptical hollow section beam-columns. Journal of Constructional Steel Research. 113, pp. 185-194. https://doi.org/10.1016/j.jcsr.2015.06.013

Elevated temperature material properties of cold-formed steel hollow sections
McCann, F, Gardner, L and Kirk, S (2015). Elevated temperature material properties of cold-formed steel hollow sections. Thin-Walled Structures. 90, pp. 84-94. https://doi.org/10.1016/j.tws.2015.01.007

Lateral Stability of Imperfect Discretely Braced Steel Beams
McCann, F, Wadee, MA and Gardner, L (2012). Lateral Stability of Imperfect Discretely Braced Steel Beams. Journal of Engineering Mechanics. 139 (10), pp. 1341-1349. https://doi.org/10.1061/(ASCE)EM.1943-7889.0000586

Design of steel beams with discrete lateral restraints.
McCann, F, Gardner, L and Wadee, A (2012). Design of steel beams with discrete lateral restraints. Journal of Constructional Steel Research. 80, pp. 82-90. https://doi.org/10.1016/j.jcsr.2012.09.011