Andrew Tyas’ teaching interests include structural analysis, design and blast and impact dynamics. He is particularly interested in helping students develop the confidence and maturity to produce suitable design ideas at the initial concept stage.
As head of the blast and impact research group in the Department of Civil and Structural Engineering, Andrew manages the testing laboratory in Buxton where research into blast physics and the response of structures to rapid dynamic loading is conducted.
He is also a Director of Blastech Ltd, a University spin-out company offering consultancy and commercial testing services to industry in the field of blast and impact loading of structures. In 2015, Andrew acted as the research lead into developing Fly Bag – a bomb-proof lining which can be used to protect an aircraft’s luggage hold (see video below).