Prof. Kypros Pilakoutas

Professor of Construction Innovation

Professor Kypros Pilakoutas

Address:
Department of Civil and Structural Engineering
Sir Frederick Mappin Building
Mappin Street, Sheffield, S1 3JD

Telephone: +44 (0) 114 222 5065
Fax: +44 (0) 114 222 5700
Email: k.pilakoutas@sheffield.ac.uk
Room: D103a

Qualifications

BSc(Eng) University of London, ACGI Imperial College, DIC Imperial College, PhD University of London, DSc(Eng)

Profile

Prof. Kypros Pilakoutas is the Professor of Construction Innovation in the Department, the Manager of the Centre for Cement and Concrete and the Chairman of the Concrete Research Group. Prof Pilakoutas is the Departmental Commercialisation Champion and is a Director of two technology spin-out companies. His research is in the fields of structural concrete, FRP and fibre reinforcement, repair, construction innovation and earthquake engineering.

He has vast experience in managing European Research Networks and has had more than 10 EU grants. He has a large number of international contacts and leads or participates in several international committees in his research fields. He is currently co-ordinating the EU Marie Curie Network for Composites in Construction, En-Core (since 2005). The network includes 11 partners from 9 EU countries and works closely with Task Group 9.3 of the International Concrete Federation (fib) for the development of international design guidelines.

Prof Pilakoutas was recently awarded an EU FP6 grant of €1,700,000 to investigate "Economical and Sustainable Pavement Infrastructure for Surface Transport". This research project will develop infrastructure for surface transport using slip forming and roller compaction techniques based on existing asphalt laying equipment and steel fibre reinforced concrete. The benefits of the new construction concept will be manifold, such as to reduce construction costs by 10-20%, reduce construction time by 15%, reduce the energy consumption in road construction by 40%, minimise maintenance, use waste materials in road construction and make tyre recycling more economically attractive.

Prof Pilakoutas has experience in IP protection and exploitation. He has over 30 patents awarded worldwide. Two of his patents are commercially exploited worldwide. Two more patents applications have been made in the field of using wire from recycled tyres as reinforcement.

Activities and Distinctions

  • In 2003, was awarded the title of Doctor Honoris Causa by the Technical University of Iasi.
  • Visiting Professor at the Technical University of Iasi, Romania.
  • In 1999, Prof. Pilakoutas was awarded the Diploma & Medal of the Technical University of Iasi.
  • Scientific assessor for funding proposals for the EU 6&7FP, Italian Ministry of Science, Norway, USA and Hong Kong RGC.
  • Invited member of several UK and International technical committees and networks, including several Fibre Reinforced Polymer (FRP) networks, the EU TRA EFCT, EU thematic network E-CORE and the TG 4.2 Bond Modelling of Concrete of fib (International Federation of Concrete).
  • Convener of the FRP reinforcement group of TG 9.3 of fib.
  • Coordinator of the EU TMR research network ConFibreCrete (10 institutions from 8 countries) and leader of International Round Robin Tests on FRP reinforcement.

Grants

  • 2006-2009: "EU STREP project EcoLanes" funded by European Union FP6. Investigator: K Pilakoutas. Value: €1,700,000.
  • 2006-2009: "Concrete Centre Lectureship" funded by Concrete Centre. Investigators: K Pilakoutas and M Guadagnini. Value: £75,000.
  • 2005-2008: "EU Marie Curie RTN Network En-Core" funded by European Union FP6. Investigator: K Pilakoutas. Value: €1,700,000.
  • 2005: "HEIF Proof of Concept" funded by The University of Sheffield. Investigator: K Pilakoutas. Value: £10,000.
  • 2006: "Post-Doc Fellowship on Roller Compacted Concrete Pavements" funded by Aggregate Industries UK. Investigator: K Pilakoutas and P Waldron. Value: £25,000.
  • 2004: "HEIF Development of a detailed business plan for commercialising University IPR in non-ferrous reinforcement through a manufacturing spin-off in South Yorkshire" funded by The University of Sheffield. Investigator: K Pilakoutas. Value: £9,000.
  • 2004: "HEIF Knowledge Map of the Departments Commercial Activities" funded by The University of Sheffield. Investigator: K Pilakoutas. Value: £9,000.
  • 2003-2005: "EU Craft Project Curved FRP" funded by European Union FP 5 GROWTH Programme. Investigators: K Pilakoutas. Value: €240,000.
  • 2002-2004: "Shake table tests under the Ecoleader project" funded by European Union. Investigator: K Pilakoutas. Value: €300,000.
  • 2002-2004: "EU Marie Curie Fellowship Cat 30" funded by European Union FP5. Investigators: K Pilakoutas and K Neocleous. Value: €107,472.
  • 2002-2003: "EU Marie Curie Fellowship Cat 40" funded by European Union FP5. Investigators: K Pilakoutas and N Taranu. Value: €91,872.
  • 2001-2003: "Demonstrating the use of tyre fibre in concrete" funded by DTI Partners in Innovation. Invesitgators: K Pilakoutas. Value: £144,000.
  • 2001-2003: "EU Marie Curie Fellowship Cat 30" funded by European Union FP5. Investigator: K Pilakoutas and A Ciupala. Value: £66,997.

Teaching

  • Staff Member Responsible (SMR) for MSc Advanced Concrete Design module.
  • SMR for MSc FRP Composites for Construction module.

Selected Publications

Journal articles