Steel Structures

Department of Civil & Structural Engineering

Dr Jurgen Becque

Lecturer in Structural Engineering

+44 (0) 114 222 0252

Department of Civil and Structural Engineering
Sir Frederick Mappin Building
Mappin Street,
S1 3JD


Dr Becque joined the Department in 2011 after a 3 year period as a lecturer at the University of Sydney, where he also obtained his PhD in 2008. Prior to his PhD studies, he practiced as a design engineer for AECOM, specializing in the design of low-rise steel frame buildings, steel plate girder bridges and concrete tanks and water treatment facilities.

His key research interests include the stability of cold-formed steel and stainless steel structural elements, tri-axial concrete behaviour, connections in structural hollow sections and the application of FRP to strengthen concrete structures.


MEng Ghent University; MSc The University of Manitoba; PhD The University of Sydney


(2017). The capacity of grade C450 cold-formed rectangular hollow section T and X connections: An experimental investigation. Journal of Constructional Steel Research, 133 (5), pp. 345-359. (Full Text)., Abstract: © 2017 Elsevier LtdThe paper presents the results of an experimental program which consists of 15 T and X truss joints fabricated from grade C450 cold-formed rectangular hollow sections (RHS). The aim is to study the effect of the increased yield stress and the somewhat reduced ductility resulting...
(2016). The application of plastic flow theory to inelastic column buckling. International Journal of Mechanical Sciences, 111-112 (2), pp. 116-124. (Full Text).
(2016). A design methodology for side wall failure of RHS truss X-joints accounting for compressive chord pre-load. Engineering Structures, 126 (4), pp. 689-702. (Full Text)., Abstract: This paper presents a design methodology for equal-width RHS X-joints failing by side wall buckling, with a particular focus on the effect of a compressive chord pre-load. A slenderness parameter is thereby defined based on the elastic local buckling stress of the side wall, idealized as an...
(2016). Sidewall Buckling of Equal-Width RHS Truss X-Joints. Journal of Structural Engineering, (Full Text)., Abstract: This paper presents a new design methodology for equal-width rectangular hollow section (RHS) X-joints failing by sidewall buckling. In the new approach, a slenderness parameter is defined based on the elastic local buckling stress of the sidewall, idealized as an infinitely long plate under patch...
(2016). Development of more efficient cold-formed steel channel sections in bending. Thin-Walled Structures, 101 (7), pp. 1-13. (Full Text).