Dr Konstantinos Daniel Tsavdaridis

Dr Konstantinos Daniel Tsavdaridis


Dr Tsavdaridis is Associate Professor in the School of Civil Engineering at the University of Leeds (UK). He has studied at City, University of London and Imperial College London obtaining his MEng.Hons and MSc (DIC) degrees. In March 2010, he successfully completed his PhD Degree in Civil/Structural Engineering with Distinction from the School of Engineering and Mathematical Sciences, City, University of London and was appointed as Research Fellow and then a Lecturer in Structural Mechanics and Engineering at City, University of London. In September 2012, he was hired as an Assistant Professor of Structural Engineering in the School of Civil Engineering, University of Leeds and was promoted to Associate Professor of Structural Engineering in December 2015.

Dr Tsavdaridis' research portfolio focuses on large-scale experiments in the field of structural engineering - particularly on the analysis and design perforated steel beams. His results make it possible to calculate the static and dynamic performance of thin-webbed steel profiles with large and closely spaced web openings when subjected to various complex loading scenarios and calculate the fracture behaviours under high-stress conditions. He is actively involved in the development and transfer into the market of new technologies in structural products that embrace resilience and sustainability, through laboratory research. His discoveries combine science and practice. Some of his research outcomes are widely used by the design and construction industry in a number of applications. He has published more than 150 scientific articles, journal publications, technical reports and international conference papers. In 2013, he was core member and co-investigator of the successful EPSRC Strategic Equipment Grant proposal for establishing a Multi-Axial Dynamic Shaking Table testing facility at the University of Leeds EP/L022648/1. In 2019, Dr Tsavdaridis was awarded the Leverhulme Trust Senior Fellowhip from the Royal Academy of Engineering.

Dr Tsavdaridis is also a Chartered Engineer by the Engineering Council (CEng) and a Fellow of the Institution of Civil Engineers (FICE), a Licensed Civil Engineer in Greece and in Europe recognised by the European Federation of National Engineering Associations (FEANI), a Member of the American Society of Civil Engineers, and an ICE Mentor. He acts as a consultant to projects involving the implementation of advanced strengthening and rehabilitation technologies in new and existing structures. Since 2010, he further provides technical consultancy to Pell Frischmann Consultants Ltd. (PF), specialising in Nuclear Power Plant Infrastructures under extreme dynamic loading conditions (e.g., pipe explosion, aircraft impact and sloshing effects from the indoor pools). He has led PF’s in-house team as Principal Structural Stress Specialist.

  • 2016 - now: Associate Professor of Structural Engineering, School of Civil Engineering, University of Leeds, UK  
  • 2012 -­ 2015: Assistant Professor (Lecturer B) in Structural Engineering, School of Civil Engineering, University of Leeds, UK  
  • 2010 - ­2012: Lecturer in Engineering and Structural Mechanics, School of Engineering and Mathematical Sciences, City University London, UK
  • 2011 -­ 2012: Principal Structural Stress Specialist on Nuclear Power Plants, Pell Frischmann Consultants, London, UK
  • 2010: Research Fellow at ESRC, School of Engineering and Mathematical Sciences, City University London, UK
Scientific Committees
Standardisation Committees


  • Leader of Materials and Structures group
  • Chair of Faculty Employability Working Group
  • Industrial Placement School Tutor

Research interests

Core research areas:

1. 'Seismic (and Fire) Resistant-Design of Steel and Composite/Hybrid Structures'
  • Strengthening and Retrofitting Existing Steel Structures 
  • Pre-Engineered (Repairable/Replaceable) Connections
  • Optimum Performance-Based Wind/Seismic Design of Tall Slender Steel Buildings
  • Extreme Loads on Critical Infrastructure (e.g., Nuclear Power Plants, Skyscrapers)
  • Hybrid Semi-Active Tuned-Mass Dampers
  • Fire Resistance of Steel and Composite Members
2. 'Material Flow and Geometry - Structural Topology Optimisation'
  • Design of Novel Perforated (cellular) Structural Beams and Columns
  • Structural Topology Optimisation Techniques on Structural/Non-Structural Elements, Tower Masts, and Exoskeletons of High-Rise Buildings
  • Free-Form Finding Envelopes, Optimisation of Spatial and Shell Structures
  • Innovative Lightweight Precast Composite Flooring Systems
3. 'Digital Design-to-Construction Processes'
  • Digital Design and Systems Interactions (design-socio-economic)
  • Additive Manufacturing, 3D Printing, Smart Structural Products
  • Building Information Modelling and RFID Integration
4. 'Code Drafting | Design Guidelines | Specifications and Standards'
  • CEN Technical Committee 250 (CEN/TC 250) ‘Structural Eurocodes'
  • Steel Construction Institute (SCI)
  • International Association of Shell and Spatial Structures (IASS)
  • British Constructional Steelwork Association (BCSA)
  • The International Federation for Structural Concrete (fib CEB-FIP)

Find examplesof projects here.

Selected Funded Projects

  • Co-Investigator (2019). "Exploring the Resilience of Masonry Arch Bridge Infrastructure: A 3D Multi-Level Modelling Framework" 1,823,900.20 GBP EPSRC (EP/T001348/1) + 130,000 GBP Network Rail + ~145,000 GBP Industrial Partners (Sheffield, Leeds, Imperial)
  • Principal Investigator (2019). "Flexible and Resilient 3D-Printed Metallic Connections for Modular Buildings" 35,699 GBP Royal Academy of Engineering / The Leverhulme Trust Senior Research Fellowships
  • Principal Investigator (2018). "Development of a Learning Tool for Advanced Composite Design" 2,500 GBP School of Civil Engineering (Research Student: Mr Dimitrios Loverdos)
  • Principal Investigator (2017). "Dynamic Properties of Masonry Arch Bridges" 4,500 GBP Network Rail
  • Principal Investigator (2017). "Testing 3D-Printed Aluminium Structural Members with Optimised Cross-Sectional Properties" 800 GBP (IStructE) Undergraduate Research Grant 2017/18
  • Principal Investigator (2017). "Testing the Structural Efficiency of Optimised 3D-Printed Buuling Connection Components" 2,500 GBP EPSRC UG Research Student Intership, University of Leeds
  • Principal Investigator (2017). "Testing the Structural Efficiency of Optimised 3D-Printed Buuling Connection Components" 2,400 GBP Laidlaw UG Research Scholarship, University of Leeds
  • Principal Investigator (2017). "Energy-Efficient Design: Helping Architects Weigh their Options" 74,000 GBP EPSRC CASE Studentship Award EP/L504993/1, University of Leeds + WSP | PB (Industrial Support)
  • Principal Investigator (2016). "Structural Topology Optimisation of Lattice Masts under Dynamic Loads: Exoskeleton Morphology to to Novel Members and Connections" 800 GBP (IStructE) MSc Research Grant 2015/16
  • Principal Investigator (2015). "Aluminium use in Structural Applications through Cross-sectional Design Topology Optimisation" 800 GBP (IStructE) Undergraduate Research Grant 2015/16
  • Principal Investigator (2015). "Experimental Campaign: RWS Connections subjected to Cyclic Loading" 8,000 GBP RDF, University of Leeds
  • Principal Investigator (2014). "Vibration of USFB flooring systems" 1,500 GBP The Association of Commonwealth Universities + 750 GBP RDF University of Leeds + 750 GBP TDF, University of Leeds
  • Co-Investigator (2014). "Preparing the Future of Experimental Dynamics by Blending Two Different Worlds" 15,000 GBP International Research Collaboration Award (IRCA), University of Leeds
  • Principal Investigator (2013). "Vibration response of novel composite floors incorporating perforated beams for sustainable building construction" 500 GBP (IStructE) Undergraduate Research Grant 2013/14
  • Principal Investigator (2013). "Optimisation of column-beam connections using beam web perforation" 800 GBP (IStructE) Undergraduate Research Grant 2013/14, Research Student: Mr T. Papadopoulos
  • Principal Investigator (2013). "Multi-axial dynamic shaking table" 150,000 GBP Pell Frischmann - Industrial Support
  • Co-Investigator (2013)"Multi-axial dynamic shaking table" 375,000 GBP (EPSRC) Strategic Equipment Grant Award EP/L022648/1
  • Co-Investigator (2013). "Multi-axial dynamic shaking table" 700,000 GBP School of Civil Engineering and Faculty of Engineering, University of Leeds
  • Co-Principal Investigator (2013). "Investigation of dynamic response of steel and steel-concrete composite (SCC) frames" 72,214 GBP EPSRC CASE Studentship Award EP/L504993/1, University of Leeds + TATASTEEL (Industrial Support)
  • Co-Investigator (2009-10). "Quantification of Model Uncertainties through Experimental Testing" 26,000 GBP School of Engineering and Mathematical Sciences, City University, London
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  • ULTRA: Teaching and Research Training Course (University of Leeds)
  • PhD, Structural Engineering, City University London
  • Dipl.Eng, Civil Engineering, National Technical University of Athens
  • MSc (DIC), General Structural Engineering, Imperial College London
  • MEng, Civil Engineering, City University London

Professional memberships

  • European Federation of National Engineering Associations (FEANI)
  • Technical Chamber of Greece (TCG)
  • Institution of Civil Engineering (Fellow of ICE)
  • Institution of Structural Engineering (IStructE)
  • American Society of Civil Engineers (ASCE)
  • International Association of Engineers (IAENG)
  • British Standards Institution (BSI Group)
  • British Steel Constructional Steelwork Association (BCSA)
  • Steel Construction Institute (SCI)
  • Structural Engineering Institute (SEI)

Student education

Visiting Appointments

  • Visiting Professor, University of Thessaly, Volos, Greece (2017~)
  • Visiting Professor, School of Civil Engineering, Southwest Jiaotong University, Chengdu, China (2017~)
  • Visiting Professor, Aristotle University of Thessaloniki, Thessaloniki, Greece (2015~)
  • Visiting Professor, University of Transport and Communications, Institute of Construction Engineering, Lang Thuon - Dong Da - Hanoi, Vietnam (2014)

Research groups and institutes

  • Energy Leeds
  • Nuclear Leeds
  • Functional Materials
  • Institute of Design, Robotics and Optimisation
  • Materials and Structures
  • Centre for Computational Engineering

Current postgraduate researchers

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