Tuesday, 4 October 2016

New experiences within TRUSS

Hi everyone,

Summer is now behind us and winter has already come, at least in Ireland!
But, at the very end of August, I attended my 1st conference within TRUSS along with my co-fellows.

The Civil Engineering Research in Ireland 2016 (CERI2016) Conference, with around 180 delegates, took place in Galway, Ireland on the 29th and 30th of August and was held in the Engineering Building at National University of Ireland (NUI) Galway.
This conference was focused on the subject of civil engineering, including bridge, environmental and structural engineering, concrete technology, geotechnics and other forms of research.

CERI2016 Conference, NUI Galway, Ireland

My paper’s presentation, entitled “Developing braided FRP reinforcement for concrete structures” (co-authored by Ciaran McNally and Greg Byrne), was scheduled on Monday morning, 29th August, in “Materials I” session. I talked mostly about my project’s literature review and my first results from the laboratory and numerical work I conducted so far.

Presenting my work in CERI2016

It was a great opportunity to share ideas with other researchers, talk about my project and meet new people working in the Civil Engineering sector.
Now, I am looking forward for the upcoming CICE2016 conference - 8th International Conference on Fibre-Reinforced Polymer Composites in Civil Engineering - in Hong Kong, China on December 2016, where I’ll highlight my work and interact with the local & international research community in my research field.

Group photo – NUI Galway, Ireland

As you can observe from our “traditional TRUSS family” photo, we really enjoyed this event spending time all together and we will meet again soon enough for the next TRUSS meeting in Dublin on early December!

Finally, our project manager, Loreto Manriquez, came up with the idea of creating short videos for every TRUSS fellow, talking about his/ her individual research project and the benefits of being a Marie Sklodowska-Curie researcher. We filmed my video on August in UCD and here is the result uploaded in YouTube:

My TRUSS interview

I’ll come back soon with fresh posts!

Friday, 8 July 2016

TRUSS network activities

Hi everybody,

I hope you are enjoying your summer holidays in a beautiful, sunny beach!

In this post, I want to share with you my experience regarding TRUSS activities. As I mentioned in my previous posts, TRUSS is a training network, so yearly meetings between all participants, training weeks, workshops and outreach activities are part of the overall project.

Three different events took place so far and I’m going to give you a detailed feedback about my experiences.

On November 10th, 2015, I joined the 1st TRUSS outreach activity, held in Willow Park Junior School, Dublin, along with my co-fellows Rui, Daniel and Siyuan. The aim of “Free-standing Structure Challenge” was to inspire school children and motivate their interest on engineering through an entertaining and interactive way of learning. More than 100 children (9 years old) divided into smaller groups, had to build the tallest freestanding structure using 20 sticks of spaghetti, 1 m of masking tape, 1 m of string and 1 marshmallow.

Willow Park Junior School, Blackrock, Dublin

We had a great time there providing support to the children and I must also highlight the moment we entered the hall along with voices of excitement by all children participating in this event!
Free-standing Structure Challenge

The 1st Training Week organised by TRUSS, was hosted by the University of Nottingham from November 30th, 2015 to December 4th, 2015 in UK. It was an intense week with technical and transferable skills lectures, network activities and presentations of research plan by all ESRs. In addition, each ESR had an individual meeting (Doctoral Studies Panel) with a group of experts, aiming to provide advice and suggestions on their project’s plan. I really enjoyed this first group event, and especially the cultural visit to Chatsworth, because I had the chance to meet all TRUSS co-fellows for the first time.

TRUSS ESRs - Chatsworth, UK

TRUSS participants - UNOTT, UK

Finally, the 1st TRUSS Plenary Annual Meeting, hosted by ENSA, took place in Santander, Spain, on June 16th and 17th, 2016. 

Santander city

All ESRs gave a presentation on their individual project’s progress and Prof. Castillo from University of Cantabria delivered a lecture on “Extreme value statistics”. In addition, the guided tour through ENSA facilities where everybody had the chance to closely observe how nuclear plant components are being manufactured, the boat trip along Santander bay and the cultural visit in Altamira caves were the highlights of this meeting.

Group photo - ENSA, Spain

I’m looking forward to join the next TRUSS meeting in Dublin on December 2016!

In my next post I will describe the experimental work I conducted so far in Burgmann Packings Ltd laboratory, along with photos of my first BFRPs!

See you soon!