Professor Barbara Rossi was born in Liège on February 23, 1980. She joined the University of Oxford in March 2019 as Associate Professor and Tutorial Fellow in Engineering Science (Civil engineering). Prior to being appointed as a tenure-track associate professor at the University of Oxford, she was an associate professor in Engineering Technology at KU Leuven in Belgium, where she led a research group exploring the structural behaviour of metallic structures. Over the last ten years, she has also branched into the research area of life-cycle analysis and sustainability applied to steel construction.
In her free time, Barbara is fond of travelling, especially in Italy given her attachment to her family background. She also likes to design handicrafts incorporating various fabrics, precious metals and ceramics.
The research topics that I pursued up to now concern the behaviour of steel and stainless steel structures under different kind of loads or environment. For example, during the past year, my team developed new design guidance for the lateral-torsional buckling of duplex beams. It was an exciting research project during which we designed a completely new test set-up and tested large welded beams up to failure. Today, we are studying the behaviour of hybrid carbon-to-stainless steel welded joints under fatigue. This kind of material combination is occasionally used in bridges where some parts of the structure are exposed to corrosive environments and, there, stainless steel appears to be a suitable alternative to carbon steel equivalents.
One of the research topics I also really enjoy concerns the lifecycle assessment of steel structures. A new project, currently ongoing, deals with the evaluation of the corrosion rate of duplex welded connections submitted to highly corrosive environment. The particular applications are nuclear waste storage (geological disposal) units. So, maintaining an acceptable level of reliability over the whole lifecycle, considering the possible material deterioration, is here of paramount interest!
A list of Barbara's publications can be found on Limo.