Professor Kypros Pilakoutas
BSc (Eng), ACGI, DIC, PhD, DSc
Department of Civil and Structural Engineering
Professor of Construction Innovation
+44 114 222 5065
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Department of Civil and Structural Engineering
Sir Frederick Mappin Building (Broad Lane Building)
My work aims to make concrete more durable and environmentally friendly. This not only enhances structural performance but also helps to contribute to creating a circular economy.
Professor Kypros Pilakoutas
Kypros Pilakoutas (BSc (Eng), ACGI, DIC, PhD, DSc) is the Professor of Construction Innovation in the Department, the Managing Director of the Centre for Cement and Concrete and the Leader of the Concrete and Earthquake Research Group.
He is also the Director of two technology spin-out companies.
He completed his BSc(Eng) in Civil Engineering (1984) and PhD (1990) in Earthquake Engineering at Imperial College London and worked in construction for two years.
He joined the Department in 1991.
- Research interests
With over 30 years’ research experience and over 400 research publications, he focuses on structural concrete, FRP and fibre reinforcements, structural repair, construction innovation and earthquake engineering.
His research aims to make concrete more durable and environmentally friendly by replacing some of the components used in its manufacture with recycled materials or those that require less energy to produce.
Kypros has developed several new types of concrete reinforcing products, including:
- Fibre Reinforced Polymers (FRPs) made from glass and carbon (also used in sports and aerospace), as well as basalt fibres (made from stone), and metal straps (as used for packaging) for the seismic strengthening of buildings in seismic regions.
- A metal band-based shear reinforcing system for flat slabs.
- Rubber, steel wire and textile fibres from post-consumer tyres.
Kypros has many years’ experience in managing European Research projects and has successfully coordinated/co-investigated 10 EU funded collaborative projects, including:
- EU Marie- Curie ITN projects - Confibrecrete, En-Core and Endure
- FP6 STREP project ‘Economical and sustainable pavement infrastructure for surface Transport’ (EcoLanes - 2006-09: 11 partners from 6 European countries)
- FP7 project ‘Innovative use of all tyre components in concrete’ (Anagennisi – 2013-2017: 17 partners from 7 European countries).
- Fatigue performance of flexible steel fibre reinforced rubberised concrete pavements. Engineering Structures, 193, 170-183. View this article in WRRO
- Performance of geosynthetic-reinforced flexible pavements in full-scale field trials. Geotextiles and Geomembranes, 47(2), 217-229.
- Effects of Recycled Steel and Polymer fibres on Explosive Fire Spalling of Concrete. Fire Technology. View this article in WRRO
- Impact of shrinkage on crack width and deflections of reinforced concrete beams with and without steel fibres. Engineering Structures, 181, 387-396.
- Shrinkage properties of plain and recycled steel–fibre-reinforced rapid hardening mortars for repairs. Construction and Building Materials, 197, 369-384. View this article in WRRO
- Effect of Beam Depth on Shear Behavior of FRP RC Beams. Journal of Composites for Construction, 23(1). View this article in WRRO
- Freeze-thaw resistance of steel fibre reinforced rubberised concrete. Construction and Building Materials, 195, 450-458. View this article in WRRO
- Performance of rapid hardening recycled clean steel fibre materials. Construction and Building Materials, 195, 483-496. View this article in WRRO
- Strengthening of pre-damaged concrete cylinders using post-tensioned steel straps. Proceedings of the Institution of Civil Engineers - Structures and Buildings, 172(10), 703-711.
- Predicting shrinkage induced curvature in plain and reinforced concrete. Engineering Structures, 176, 468-480.
- Postcracking tensile behavior of blended steel fiber-reinforced concrete. Structural Concrete. View this article in WRRO
- Shrinkage and flexural behaviour of free and restrained hybrid steel fibre reinforced concrete. Construction and Building Materials, 189, 1007-1018. View this article in WRRO
- Durability of steel fibre reinforced rubberised concrete exposed to chlorides. Construction and Building Materials, 188, 130-142. View this article in WRRO
- Composites with recycled rubber aggregates: Properties and opportunities in construction. Construction and Building Materials, 188, 884-897.
- Mechanical properties of SFRC using blended Recycled Tyre Steel Cords (RTSC) and Recycled Tyre Steel Fibres (RTSF). Construction and Building Materials, 187, 553-564. View this article in WRRO
- Seismic risk assessment for developing countries: Pakistan as a case study. Earthquake Engineering and Engineering Vibration, 17(4), 787-804. View this article in WRRO
- Bond strength prediction of steel bars in low strength concrete by using ANN. Computers and Concrete, 22(2), 249-259.
- Mechanical performance of steel fibre reinforced rubberised concrete for flexible concrete pavements. Construction and Building Materials, 172, 533-543. View this article in WRRO
- Modeling for assessment of long-term behavior of prestressed concrete box-girder bridges. ASCE's Journal of Bridge Engineering, 23(3). View this article in WRRO
- Mechanical properties of SFRC using blended manufactured and recycled tyre steel fibres. Construction and Building Materials, 163, 376-389. View this article in WRRO
- Strut-and-Tie Modeling of Reinforced Concrete Deep Beams. Journal of Structural Engineering (United States), 144(2). View this article in WRRO
- Effect of section geometry on development of shrinkage-induced deformations in box girder bridges. Materials and Structures, 50(5). View this article in WRRO
- Bond of substandard laps in RC beams retrofitted with post-tensioned metal straps. ACI Structural Journal, 113(6), 1197-1208. View this article in WRRO
- Optimisation of rubberised concrete with high rubber content: An experimental investigation. Construction and Building Materials, 124, 391-404. View this article in WRRO
- Assessment of Post-Restrained Shrinkage Mechanical Properties of Concrete. ACI Materials Journal, 113(3), 267-276. View this article in WRRO
- Tensile stress-strain relaxation as a failure precursor for FRP-strengthened RC beams. Composite Structures, 125, 530-541.
- Mechanical Characterization of Basalt FRP Rebars and Long-Term Strength Predictive Model. Journal of Composites for Construction, 19(2), 04014037-04014037.
- Moisture transport and drying shrinkage properties of steel–fibre-reinforced-concrete. Construction and Building Materials, 73, 41-50.
- A probabilistic analytical seismic vulnerability assessment framework for substandard structures in developing countries. Earthquakes and Structures, 6(6), 665-687.
- Full-scale shaking table tests on a substandard rc building repaired and strengthened with post-tensioned metal straps. Journal of Earthquake Engineering, 18(2), 187-213. View this article in WRRO
- Bond behaviour of substandard splices in RC beams externally confined with CFRP. Construction and Building Materials, 50, 340-351. View this article in WRRO
- Strength prediction model and methods for improving recycled aggregate concrete. Construction and Building Materials, 49, 688-701.
- Fatigue resistance and cracking mechanism of concrete pavements reinforced with recycled steel fibres recovered from post-consumer tyres. Engineering Structures, 45, 385-395.
- Seismic behaviour of deficient RC frames strengthened with CFRP composites. Engineering Structures, 32, 3075-3085. View this article in WRRO
- Shear resistance of FRP RC beams: Experimental study. Journal of Composites for Construction, 10(6), 464-473.
- Modelling of SFRC using inverse finite element analysis. Materials and Structures, 39(2), 221-233. View this article in WRRO
- Flexural analysis and design of reinforced concrete beams with externally bonded FRP reinforcement. Materials and Structures, 38(2), 183-192.
- Failure-mode-hierarchy based design for reinforced concrete structures. Structural Concrete, 6(1), 23-32. View this article in WRRO
- Alternative shear reinforcement for reinforced concrete flat slabs. ASCE Journal of Structural Engineering, 129, 1164-1172.
- Research group
Earthquake Engineering Group
This project aims to develop:
(1) an advanced understanding of the mechanisms behind the fibre-matrix compatibility in controlling cracking/spalling of concrete and (2) a novel, sustainable, cracking/spalling-controlled geopolymer natural FRC and a new technique which modifies the surface properties of natural fibres to enhance their bond with the cementitious matrix.
The aim of the project was to develop, an innovative, integrated and efficient framework for multi-hazard seismic risk assessment and disaster mitigation in developing countries. Earthquake related intelligence were obtained from smart devices in real-time for the first time and integrated in to the framework.
- Professional activities
Kypros has coordinated or was co-investigator in over 40 national and international research projects and contracts for government and industry (of total value ~£20M), and he has supervised over 50 PhD projects.
He sits on or leads numerous international committees in his field, reviews papers for top international journals, contributes to standardisation committees, chairs sessions and is invited to present keynote papers in the main conferences in his field. and advises foreign governments.
He is a scientific assessor for the EU, US, EPSRC, Italian, Swiss, Canadian, Norwegian, Hong Kong, Portuguese, Greek and many other Research Councils and other funding bodies.
As an inventor (with many patents awarded and some pending), Kypros is an expert in Intellectual Property protection and exploitation.
Two of his patents (on punching shear reinforcement and recycled tyre steel fibres) are commercially available worldwide.
Activities and Distinctions
- Doctor Honoris Causa (2003) by the Technical University of Iasi.
- Visiting Professor at the Technical University of Iasi, Romania
- Visiting Professor at the Technical University of Cyprus
- Visiting Professor at the University of Science and Culture in IRAN
- Diploma & Medal (1997) of the Technical University of Iasi
- Medal of the Technical University of Cyprus (2015)
- Potential PhD offerings
Casting of concrete elements is still done manually.
This project will investigate robotic placement of concrete.
The main aim of this research is to develop a safety and design philosophy that accounts for the long-term behaviour of RC structures. This will require use of structural reliability theory as well as uncertainty modelling.
The project will investigate this technique both experimentally and analytically and develop models for its application in vulnerable buildings.