Dr Cyril Lynsdale

Lecturer and Royal Academy of Engineering/Leverhulme Senior Research Fellow

Cyril Lynsdale

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

Telephone: +44 (0) 114 222 5720+44 (0) 114 222 5720
Fax: +44 (0) 114 222 5700

Email: c.lynsdale@sheffield.ac.uk
Room: F115


Dr Cyril Lynsdale is a lecturer in cement and concrete materials and technology. Having obtained his MSc from Leeds stayed on and for his work on superplasticisers and concrete performance was awarded a PhD. He stayed in Leeds for a further 2 years as a research fellow to work on pigmented pfa concrete for cooling tower construction before joining Sheffield in 1989. His main research focuses on studying concrete materials and properties at the micro and macro levels bridging the interface between science and engineering, and the use of various cementitious and other materials for the development of durable and environmentally friendly concrete promoting sustainable construction. Recent research interest and work has been in the following areas:

  • Alkali activation of slag, pulverised fuel ash and natural pozzolana as sole binders for concrete
  • The combined effect of sulfate and chloride exposure on the formation of thaumasite in concrete
  • Calcium sulfoaluminate cement as binder for structural concrete
  • Development of high performance concrete incorporating metakaolin and other ternary blended cementitious systems
  • Geotechnical controls on aggregate-cement paste interfacial zone in concrete
  • Deterioration of heat cured mortars due to the combined effect of delayed ettringite formation and freeze-thaw cycling

He was invited in 2000 to co-organise an international conference on sustainable construction, which was organised in collaboration with the Federal University of Paraiba, Brazil. He is a member of the Centre for Cement and Concrete and ACI and is currently course co-ordinator for the Departmental suite of MScs in Structural Engineering. He was recently awarded a Royal Academy of Engineering/ Leverhulme Senior Research Fellowship.

Selected Publications

Journal articles

  • Torres SM, Kirk CA, Lynsdale CJ, Swamy RN & Sharp JH (2004) Thaumasite-ettringite solid solutions in degraded mortars. Cement and Concrete Research, 34(8), 1297-1305.
  • Torres SM, Sharp JH, Swamy RN, Lynsdale CJ & Huntley SA (2003) Long term durability of Portland-limestone cement mortars exposed to magnesium sulfate attack. Cement and Concrete Composites, 25(8), 947-954.
  • Tasong WA, Lynsdale CJ & Cripps JC (1998) Aggregate-cement paste interface Part II: Influence of aggregate physical properties. Cement and Concrete Research, 28(10), 1453-1465.
  • Shao Y, Lynsdale CJ, Lawrence CD & Sharp JH (1997) Deterioration of heat-cured mortars due to the combined effect of delayed ettringite formation and freeze/thaw cycles. Cement and Concrete Research, 27(11), 1761-1771.
  • Cabrera JG & Lynsdale CJ (1988) New gas permeameter for measuring the permeability of mortar and concrete. Magazine of Concrete Research, 40(144), 177-182.