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Dr Katherine Cashell

Dr Katherine Cashell
Senior Lecturer


Katherine Cashell is a Senior Lecturer in Structural Engineering in the Department of Civil and Environmental Engineering at Brunel University.

Dr Cashell is a Chartered Engineer (CEng) and a Member of the Institution of Structural Engineers (MIStructE), the Institution of Civil Engineers (MICE) and Engineers Ireland (MIEI). She is engaged in teaching at both undergraduate and postgraduate level and research in steel and composite structures. Her principal research interests lie in the area of structural testing, numerical modelling and the development of efficient design guidance for steel and composite structures. In particular, she has developed an expertise in the analysis of structural response during extreme loading conditions, such as a fire.  She is also actively engaged in researching the use of novel materials such as stainless steel and high strength steel in building structures.

Dr Cashell is actively involved in the Institution of Civil Engineers and Engineers Ireland. She is the past Chair of the Great Britain region of Engineers Ireland.

Academic/Professional Career

  • Senior structural engineer at the Steel Construction Institute (SCI), Ascot, UK. August 2010 – August 2012.
  • Structural engineer at High Point Rendel (HPR), London, UK. October 2009-August 2010.
  • Research Assistant at Imperial College London, UK. January 2006-January 2009.

Academic/Professional Qualifications

  • PhD in Advanced Structural Engineering, Imperial College London, University of London, 2009
  • Diploma of Imperial College (DIC), 2009
  • MEngSc (Research) in Civil Engineering, University College Dublin (UCD), Ireland, 2006
  • BEng (Hons) in Civil and Environmental Engineering, First Class, University College Cork (UCC), Ireland, 2004
  • Chartered Engineer (CEng)
  • Member of the Institution of Structural Engineers (MIStructE)
  • Member of the Institution of Civil Engineers (MICE)
  • Member of Engineers Ireland (MIEI)
  • Fellow of the Higher Education Academy (FHEA)


  • Full member of the EPSRC College
  • Evaluator for the EU Horizon 2020 and Marie SkÅ‚odowska-Curie Action programmes

Newest selected publications

Rabi, M., Cashell, KA. and Shamass, R. (2019) 'Flexural analysis and design of stainless steel reinforced concrete beams'. Engineering Structures, 198. pp. 1 - 13. ISSN: 0141-0296 Open Access Link

Journal article

Rabi, M., Cashell, KA. and Shamass, R. (2019) 'Analysis of concrete beams reinforced with stainless steel'.fib Symposium. Krakow, Poland. 27 - 29 May. Proceedings of the fib Symposium 2019: Concrete - Innovations in Materials, Design and Structures. pp. 690 - 697.Open Access Link

Conference paper

Al-Isawi, AT., Collins, PEF. and Cashell, KA. (2019) 'Fully Non-Linear Numerical Simulation of a Shaking Table Test of Dynamic Soil-Pile-Structure Interactions in Soft Clay Using ABAQUS'.Eighth International Conference on Case Histories in Geotechnical Engineering. Philadelphia, Pennsylvania. 21 - 27 March. American Society of Civil Engineers. pp. 252 - 265. ISSN: 0895-0563 Open Access Link

Conference paper

Al-Dujele, R., Cashell, KA. and Afshan, S. (2018) 'Flexural behaviour of concrete filled tubular flange girders'. Journal of Constructional Steel Research, 151. pp. 263 - 279. ISSN: 0143-974X Open Access Link

Journal article

Khan, MA., Jiang, L., Cashell, KA. and Usmani, A. (2018) 'Analysis of restrained composite beams exposed to fire using a hybrid simulation approach'. Engineering Structures, 172. pp. 956 - 966. ISSN: 0141-0296 Open Access Link

Journal article
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