Saturday, 30 December 2017

1st TRUSS Symposium and Workshop along with 2016 memories

Hi everyone!

Shortly before stepping into 2018, I decided to review all my activities so far and talk about the ones I forgot to mention.

Starting from the most recent one, last June I attended the 27th European Safety and Reliability Conference (ESREL2017) in Portoroz, Slovenia where I presented my paper “Reliability assessment of braided BFRP reinforcement for concrete structures” (co-authored by Ciaran McNally).

Presenting my paper in ESREL2017 conference

All TRUSS early stage researchers participated in this conference, as we organised a special session titled “TRUSS, A Marie Skłodowska-Curie Innovative Training Network in Structural Safety”. Actually, this event was our 1st Symposium, chaired by our project coordinator, Arturo Gonzalez, and we all looking forward for the 2nd one in Ghent, Belgium, next October, as part of the 6th International Symposium on Life-Cycle Civil Engineering (IALCCE2018).

On May 2017, the 1st TRUSS Workshop towards Structural Safety and Infrastructure Management, was held successfully in Lloyd’s Register in London, UK. Experts from different backgrounds presented their experiences on the topics of risk assessment, probabilistic analysis and life cycle maintenance of engineering structures and structural health monitoring. All ESRs also had a poster and oral presentation on their research outputs within this event .

Presenting my work progress in 2nd TRUSS Plenary Annual Meeting

Going back on 2016, an important activity for TRUSS project took place in Dublin, Ireland, and more specifically in Ove Arup and Partners on the 1st and 2nd of December. The Mid-Term Review (MTR) meeting was attended by the Project Officer and External Assessor from the EU Commission, and more than 30 participants from the consortium. It was a great opportunity for all of us to present our work progress and get feedback for improvement.

TRUSS people – ARUP, Ireland

Last but not least, I want to mention my attendance to an ABAQUS Training Course in Vienna, Austria from the 5th to the 7th September 2016. This three days course provided by Simulia Services, gave me a better understanding on how to model composite materials using Abaqus finite element software, in order to numerically determine their mechanical behavior and then, calibrate the results with experimental data.

Attending specialised ABAQUS lectures in Vienna

Happy 2018 to all!
See you next year ;))

Wednesday, 31 May 2017

CompTest 2017 Conference in Leuven & TRUSS Outreach Activity in Dublin

Hello everyone!

After a long time, I’m back again with a new post regarding my recent activities within TRUSS project.
It was a busy period for me, with lots of different tasks taking place at the same time, but, since I “survived”, I decided to share with you my experiences!

Early April, I attended the 8th International Conference on Composites Testing and Model Identification (CompTest2017) in Leuven, Belgium where I had both a poster and a mini-oral presentation on the outputs of my work so far.

Attendance in CompTest 2017

This was a 3-day conference, running from the 5th until the 7th of April 2017, organised by KU Leuven. The scope includes model development and validation, advanced experimental techniques and simulation of structural fibre reinforced composites. 
CompTest 2017, with more than 200 delegates, was held in Kasteelpark Arenberg and poster session took place in the “Machine Hall”, where many interesting 19th- century machines are exhibited.

CompTest 2017 conference venue

My presentation focused on the effect of braiding parameters on the performance of braided BFRP composites for concrete reinforcement. Dr. Ciaran McNally and Dr Greg Byrne, my supervisors from UCD and Burgmann Packings respectively, are both co-authors on this work.
This event was an excellent experience for me, as it was mostly addressed to researchers and professionals working with composite materials for aeronautical, automotive and infrastructure applications. Thus, I had the chance to discuss my work and share ideas with other attendees and experts from both industry and academia.

Moreover, on the 13rd of February 2017, I joined my 2nd TRUSS outreach activity “Seeking to encourage girls in civil engineering”, held in Mount Anville Montessori Junior School. 

Outreach activity at Mount Anville Montessori Junior School, Ireland

As part of the activity, Giulia and me talked about our experience in both civil engineering and TRUSS project to approximately 250 amazing girls, aged 7 to 12 years, with the hope to inspire them in becoming engineers. Although it sounded a bit scary at first, it was actually good fun and I would happily do it again!

And to close this post, let's have a look at comic street art in the beautiful city of Brussels!

Walking on the streets of Brussels

That’s all for now!
More posts will follow within the next few months…

See you soon!

Friday, 6 January 2017

Attendance at CICE 2016 Conference in China

Happy New Year everyone!!
I hope 2017 will be full of happiness & success for all of us!
Let’s keep our good holiday memories and try to go on with our work…

In this post, I'll share with you my experience at CICE 2016 conference last month.
This was my second conference within TRUSS where I presented my paper entitled “Development braided basalt FRP rebars for reinforcement of concrete structures” 
(co-authored by Ciaran McNally and Greg Byrne).

Paper & Presentation submitted to CICE 2016

The 8th International Conference on Fibre - Reinforced Polymer (FRP) Composites in Civil Engineering (CICE 2016), with more than 400 delegates, was held in Hong Kong, China from the 14th to the 16th December 2016.

CICE 2016 logo

CICE 2016 is an official conference of the International Institute for FRP in Construction (IIFC) and it was jointly hosted by the Department of Civil & Environmental Engineering (CEE) and the Research Institute for Sustainable Urban Development (RISUD) of The Hong Kong Polytechnic University.

Inside CICE 2016 conference

The general subject of this conference was the structural use of FRP composites in civil engineering applications, including new construction, strengthening of existing structures, performance in seismic and severe loading, as well as aggressive environments, and many other relative areas of research.

My presentation focused on both the manufacturing design of braided BFRP rebars and the development of a numerical approach to predict the elastic properties of braided composites.

Certainly, this event was an excellent opportunity to highlight my work in the international research community and exchange ideas with new people working in fields similar to mine.

At the entrance of Hong Kong Polytechnic University on the 16th December 2016 

Moreover, I must point out that Hong Kong is an amazing city, totally different from European ones, full of people, tall buildings, bridges, tunnels… 
An endless infrastructure “party”!!!

Views of Hong Kong city

Stay tuned for more posts within 2017!!