Professor Kypros Pilakoutas

BSc (Eng), ACGI, DIC, PhD, DSc

Department of Civil and Structural Engineering

Professor of Construction Innovation

CIV Kypros Pilakoutas
k.pilakoutas@sheffield.ac.uk
+44 114 222 5056

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Professor Kypros Pilakoutas
Department of Civil and Structural Engineering
Room F111a
Sir Frederick Mappin Building
Mappin Street
Sheffield
S1 3JD
Profile

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 Themes

Hazards

Infrastructure

Materials

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).
Publications

Journal articles

Research group

Concrete Structures 

Earthquake Engineering Group

Grants

FRGeo-Crete

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.


RCUK-TUBITAK Research Partnerships

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

Automated Concrete Casting

Casting of concrete elements is still done manually.
This project will investigate robotic placement of concrete.


Design And Safety Philosophy For Reinforced 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.


Seismic Strengthening Of RC Using External Lateral Post-tensioning

The project will investigate this technique both experimentally and analytically and develop models for its application in vulnerable buildings.