Wintech’s Brett Banfill published in ACSE Journal of Structural Engineering

We are thrilled to announce the publication of Wintech’s Brett Banfill’s paper titled, “MDOF Modelling and Blast Dynamic Behaviour of Curtain Wall with Variable Damping Approach,” in ACSE’s Journal of Structural Engineering.

Brett’s research represents a significant advancement in the field of blast damping. He has developed a sophisticated Multi-Degree-of-Freedom (MDOF) model to investigate the effectiveness of Magnetorheological (MR) dampers in mitigating blast-induced dynamic loads on curtain walls, as opposed to conventional static systems.

Through his meticulous analysis, Brett has demonstrated that the integration of MR dampers can substantially reduce glass and frame displacement in response to blast loads. This innovative approach not only enhances structural resilience but also offers promising implications for the safety and performance of building façades.


Moreover, Brett astutely points out the need for real-world case studies to fully comprehend the impact of MR dampers on both the aesthetic and operational aspects of façades, which remains an area ripe for exploration.

We anticipate that Brett’s pioneering insights will significantly influence future developments in structural engineering, guiding the integration of responsive technologies to optimise building performance.

If you would like to read more on Brett’s comprehensive research, you can access the paper here (purchase required).