Moray undertook both undergraduate and postgraduate level degrees at the University of Dundee and continued as a research student within the Concrete Technology Unit for his PhD under the guidance of Professor Ravindra Dhir and Rod Jones. He is currently a Senior Lecturer in Civil Engineering with a remit as employability and industry liaison, having been the recent Chair for UG programmes in Civil Engineering.
His research expertise lies in concrete and cementitious materials, recycling and sustainability and the development of test methods for physical modelling the mechanical and durability performance of concrete. In addition, he is also working in the area of renewable energy with a focus on using concrete as a primary construction material for marine energy devices and novel construction methods including additive manufacturing as a means of reducing construction costs
This research has been supported by funding from the UK Research Councils, European Regional Development Fund (ERDF), and various industry partners and bodies including Wave Energy Scotland and the Energy Technology Partnership.
Since 2007 he has been secretary and member of a Technical Working Group in European Standards Committee (CEN TC51/WG12/TG5), to define reference test methods for assessing concrete chloride and carbonation resistance. The work, involving academic and industry experts from 10 EU countries, has allowed interaction which has fed directly into concrete technology research at the University and has ensured that research work at Dundee is being discussed at a European level.
In addition, he has been Secretary for the Dundee Concrete Conference, a triennial event which has been running since 1990 as well as organising and running numerous international symposia held in Dundee.
Moray is also involved in internationalisation with the University, travelling to countries including India, to develop links for research and teaching.
2001 PhD Concrete Technology, University of Dundee
Thesis title: Development of a Simulated Natural Carbonation Test and Durability of CEM II Concretes
1996 MSc in Concrete Technology, Construction and Management, University of Dundee
1995 BEng (Hons) Civil Engineering
2014- Senior Lecturer in Civil Engineering, University of Dundee
2008-2012 Lecturer in Civil Engineering and Academic Business Development Manager, University of Dundee
2005-2008 Lecturer in Civil Engineering, University of Dundee
2001-2005 Research/Teaching Fellow and CPD/Consultancy Manager, Division of Civil Engineering, University of Dundee
- Institution of Civil Engineers (Graduate Member)
- Secretary to CEN TC51/WG12/TG5: Corrosion of reinforcement – Performance-related test methods (since 2007)
(i) Recycling and Sustainability of Concrete and Blacktop
Research in this area has focussed on examining a range of cementitious materials and their use in concrete as well as determining the suitability of other waste streams to reduce primary resource consumption and enhance structural and durability performance. Particular areas of interest are:
- Use of innovative cement combinations (fly ash, ggbs, metakaolin, silica fume) for concrete performance
- Utilising recovered toner powder as an integral pigment to enhance solar reflectance and as a water proofing agent in concrete.
- Early age heat and shrinkage performance of sustainable concretes.
- Examining Hydrophobicity of Concrete with Waste Toner (Moock Environmental and Scottish Environmental Technology Network)
- Collaborative Research: Sustainable High Performance Concrete Infrastructure (UK India Education Research Initiative)
- Development of Cold Mix Bituminous Mixtures (Knowledge Transfer Partnership/Tayside Contracts)
(ii) Physical Modelling of Concrete for Mechanical and Durability Performance
Research here focusses on physical modelling and developing test methods to assess performance of new concrete materials. Work also examines durability in terms of chloride and carbonation resistance as well as freeze/thaw performance.
- Freeze Thaw Performance of Concrete for Renewable Energy Infrastructure (Energy Technology Partnership/Mineral Products Association)
- Creep Testing of High Performance Concrete (Laing O’Rourke / Bouyges)
- Modelling of Carbonation Resistance (EPRSC Dorothy Hodgkin Award /industry partners)
(iii) Concrete for Marine Renewable Energy Devices
Research here is focussed on the material performance and construction methods associated with concrete as the primary material for marine renewable energy devices. The work examines key issues such as concrete/concrete joint mechanical performance, durability modelling and the use of additive manufacturing to reduce manufacturing time and costs. This work utilised the SMART Lab at the University of Dundee with a focus on micro computed tomography to examine joint performance.
- Digital Design and 3D Additive Manufacture of UHMWPE-Reinforced Concrete Composite Structures (AD-CON), (SuperGen/EPSRC/UKCMER)
- Advanced Concrete Engineering – WEC: ACE-WEC (Wave Energy Scotland with Quoceant, Black and Veatch, Innosea Ltd, David Kerr)
- Design, Implementation and Production of Concrete Offshore Wave Energy Machines (Knowledge Transfer Partnership / Pelamis Wave Power)
A full list of publications can be found at:
Newlands, M D, Paine, K A, Vemuri, N A, Dhir, R K, “A linear test method for determining early age shrinkage of concrete”, Magazine of Concrete Research, 60, 10 December 2008, pp747-757
Folagbade, S, Newlands, M D, Suitability of cement combinations for carbonation resistance of structural concrete, Journal of Engineering, Design and Technology, Vol. 12, No. 4, 2014, p. 523-539.
Newlands, M D, Csetenyi, L J, Moock, K, Utilising Waste Toner as a Pigment for Sustainable Precast Concrete Elements, Proceedings of the UKIERI Concrete Congress, Innovations in Concrete Construction, Jalandhar, India, March 2013, pp 654 - 665
Harrison, T A, Jones, M R, Newlands, M D, Kandasami, S, Khanna, G, Experience of using the prTS 12390-12 accelerated carbonation test to assess the relative performance of concrete, Magazine of Concrete Research, 64, 8, July 2012 pp 737-747
Newlands, M D, Jones, M R, Kandasami, S, Harrison, T A, ‘Sensitivity of electrode contact solutions and contact pressure in assessing electrical resistivity of concrete’, Materials and Structures, 41, 2008, pp621-631