Wednesday, 1 August 2018

Attendance at MechComp2018 conference

Hello everyone!

Last month, I attended the 4th International Conference on Mechanics of Composites (MechComp 2018) in Madrid, Spain where I presented the recent outputs of my work.

This was one of my last conferences within TRUSS and my presentation focused on fatigue behaviour and micro-structural analysis of braided BFRP rebars for civil engineering applications (co-authored by Ciaran McNally).

This 4-days conference was held in University Carlos III Madrid, from the 9th until the 12th of July 2018, with more than 300 delegates from all over the world. 
The main conference topics include composite structures and durability of composite materials, FRP reinforced concrete structures, design and application of composites, as well as advanced experimental techniques and simulation of FRPs. 

This event was certainly an other excellent opportunity for me to demonstrate my research to the international composite materials community and share ideas with other attendees, researchers and professionals from both industry and academia. 

Enjoy the summer!
See you soon :)

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!