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). 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).
(2016). Optimum design of cold-formed steel beams using Particle Swarm Optimisation method. Journal of Constructional Steel Research, 122 (9), pp. 80-93. (Full Text).