Dr Matteo Di Benedetti

BSc, MSc, PhD, PGCert.

Multidisciplinary Engineering Education

University Teacher in Aerospace, Civil and Mechanical Engineering

Ethics lead and Departmental Director of Research and Innovation

Matteo Di Benedetti
m.dibenedetti@sheffield.ac.uk
+44 114 222 6142

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Dr Matteo Di Benedetti
Multidisciplinary Engineering Education
The Diamond
32 Leavygreave Road
Sheffield
S3 7RD
Profile

During my academic career, I have worked on projects related to structural health monitoring (SHM) of civil structures and infrastructures. As I graduated from the Politecnico di Milano (Italy) in Mechanical Engineering, I developed an automated algorithm for the continuous modal analysis of the San Siro football stadium. I obtained his Ph.D. in Civil Engineering at the University of Miami (USA),  where I exploited acoustic emission technology in order to identify damage and to assess structural performance in buildings and bridges.

Throughout my interdisciplinary training, I gained experience in structural reliability, fracture mechanics, structural dynamics and corrosion engineering along with hands-on experimental skills such as mechanical and electrochemical testing, nondestructive evaluation techniques, and in situ load testing.

I joined the University of Sheffield as a Teaching Associate in the Civil and Structural Department supporting the teaching of three modules (Structural Dynamic, Advanced Concrete Design, and Fibre Reinforced Polymer Composites in Construction). During this time, my research focused on the application of Digital Image Correlation (DIC) to study shear behaviour of both concrete elements reinforced with FRP bars as well as masonry walls strengthened with natural textile reinforced matrices. I also collaborated with the Budapest University of Technology and Economics to study the bond behaviour between concrete and Glass Fibre Reinforced Polymer bars.

I currently work in the Multidisciplinary Engineering Education department, where I am the academic leader for the activities taking place in the Structures Lab. In my current post, my pedagogical research focuses on Teaching Assistants development. In particular in my latest work I introduced a new methodology to train TAs to the practical sessions taught in the Structures Lab while also supporting the development of their teaching skills.

Qualifications

Professional Achievements:

  • Senior Fellow of the Higher Education Academy (SFHEA)
  • Collaborative Award for Teaching Excellence 2021 (HEA)

Education:

  • BSc - Mechanical Engineering - Politecnico di Milano (Italy)
  • MSc - Mechanical Engineering (major in Robotics and Mechatronic) - Politecnico di Milano (Italy)
  • PhD - Civil Engineering - University of Miami (USA)
  • PGCert - Postgraduate Certificate in learning and Teaching - University of Sheffield
Publications

Journal articles

Conference proceedings papers

  • Trochoutsou N, Di Benedetti M, Pilakoutas K & Guadagnini M (2022) Bond Between Flax-TRM and Masonry: Effect of Bond Length. Lecture Notes in Civil Engineering, Vol. 198 LNCE (pp 1949-1959) RIS download Bibtex download
  • Di Benedetti M, Garrard A & Beck SBM (2021) BUILD IT AND THEY WILL COME: MAINTAINING STUDENTS ACCESS TO FABRICATION AND TESTING DURING A PANDEMIC. Proceedings - SEFI 49th Annual Conference: Blended Learning in Engineering Education: Challenging, Enlightening - and Lasting? (pp 1382-1386) RIS download Bibtex download
  • Trochoutsou N, Di Benedetti M, Pilakoutas K & Guadagnini M (2019) Tensile behaviour of natural fibre textile-reinforced mortar. Proceedings of the International Conference on Sustainable Materials Systems and Structures (SMSS2019) Durability, Monitoring and Repair of Structures (pp 111-118) RIS download Bibtex download
  • Trochoutsou N, Di Benedetti M, Pilakoutas K & Guadagnini M (2019) Tensile performance of lime-based natural-fibre composites as strengthening systems for masonry. 3rd International Conference on Bio-Based Building Materials ICBBM 2019 (pp 314-320) RIS download Bibtex download
  • Escolano-Margarit, D, Garcia R, Raffoul, S, Di Benedetti M, Hajirasouliha I, Guadagnini M & Pilakoutas K (2017) Seismic performance evaluation of coupled walls using innovative highly deformable coupling beams. 16WCEE, 9 January 2017 - 13 January 2017. RIS download Bibtex download
  • Sólyom S, Di Benedetti M & Balézs GL (2017) Effect of surface characteristics of FRP bars on bond behavior in concrete. American Concrete Institute, ACI Special Publication, Vol. 2017-October(SP 327) (pp 649-668) RIS download Bibtex download
  • Cholostiakow S, Di Benedetti M, Guadagnini M & Zappa E (2017) Size effect in FRP RC beams with and without shear reinforcement. American Concrete Institute, ACI Special Publication, Vol. 2017-October(SP 327) (pp 433-451) RIS download Bibtex download
  • Di Benedetti M, Guadagnini M, Gómez J, Barris C & Torres L (2017) Experimental study on the DIC setup for the analysis of FRP RC members. Advanced Composites in Construction, ACIC 2017 - Proceedings of the 8th Biennial Conference on Advanced Composites in Construction (pp 289-295) RIS download Bibtex download
  • Sólyom S, Balázs GL, Di Benedetti M, Guadagnini M & Zappa E (2017) Bond strength of GFRP rebars in concrete at elevated temperature. Advanced Composites in Construction, ACIC 2017 - Proceedings of the 8th Biennial Conference on Advanced Composites in Construction (pp 337-343) RIS download Bibtex download
  • Cholostiakow S, Di Benedetti M, Guadagnini M & Zappa E (2017) Shear behaviour of FRP RC beams: Does size matter?. Advanced Composites in Construction, ACIC 2017 - Proceedings of the 8th Biennial Conference on Advanced Composites in Construction (pp 310-316) RIS download Bibtex download
  • Fergani H, Di Benedetti M, Lynsdale C, Guadagnini M & Mias C (2017) Experimental investigation of tension stiffening in GFRP RC tensile members exposed to severe environments under sustained load. Advanced Composites in Construction, ACIC 2017 - Proceedings of the 8th Biennial Conference on Advanced Composites in Construction (pp 91-96) RIS download Bibtex download
  • Cholostiakow S, Di Benedetti M, Guadagnini M, Gowda C, Barros J & Zappa E (2016) Experimental and numerical study on the shear behaviour of geometrically similar FRP RC beams. Proceedings of the 8th International Conference on Fibre-Reinforced Polymer (FRP) Composites in Civil Engineering, CICE 2016 (pp 575-580) RIS download Bibtex download
  • Fergani H, Benedetti MD, Guadagnini M, Lynsdale C & Mias C (2016) Long term performance of GFRP bars under the combined effects of sustained load and severe environments. Proceedings of the 8th International Conference on Fibre-Reinforced Polymer (FRP) Composites in Civil Engineering, CICE 2016 (pp 828-834) RIS download Bibtex download
  • Cholostiakow S, Di Benedetti M & Guadagnini M (2016) Shear strength and size effect in FRP RC beams. Proceedings of the 11th fib International PhD Symposium in Civil Engineering, FIB 2016 (pp 711-718) RIS download Bibtex download
  • Cholostiakow S, Di Benedetti M & Guadagnini M (2016) Shear strength and size effect in frp rc beams. fib Symposium (pp 711-718) RIS download Bibtex download
  • Yang F, Guadagnini M & Di Benedetti M (2015) Truss analogy and shear-induced deformation of FRP RC beams. FRPRCS-12/APFIS-2015 - Joint Conference of the 12th International Symposium on Fiber Reinforced Polymers for Reinforced Concrete Structures, FRPRCS 2015 and the 5th Asia-Pacific Conference on Fiber Reinforced Polymers in Structures, APFIS 2015 RIS download Bibtex download
  • Di Benedetti M, Cholostiakow S, Fergani H, Zappa E, Cigada A & Guadagnini M (2015) 3D-DIC for strain measurement in small scale GFRP RC specimens. SMAR – Third Conference on smart Monitoring, Assessment and Rehabilitation of Civil structures RIS download Bibtex download
  • Yang F, Guadagnini M & Di Benedetti M (2015) Truss analogy and shear-induced deformation of FRP RC beams. FRPRCS-12/APFIS-2015 - Joint Conference of the 12th International Symposium on Fiber Reinforced Polymers for Reinforced Concrete Structures, FRPRCS 2015 and the 5th Asia-Pacific Conference on Fiber Reinforced Polymers in Structures, APFIS 2015 RIS download Bibtex download
  • Mela D, Karim Z, Di Benedetti M & Nanni A (2014) Durability evaluation of shear bond strength of carbon and glass FRP laminates using small plain concrete beams. CAMX 2014 - Composites and Advanced Materials Expo: Combined Strength. Unsurpassed Innovation. RIS download Bibtex download
  • Loreto G, Di Benedetti M & Nanni A (2012) Test assessment of RC structures in marine environment: the Geiger Key Bridge. Nondestructive Characterization for Composite Materials, Aerospace Engineering, Civil Infrastructure, and Homeland Security 2012 RIS download Bibtex download
  • Di Benedetti M, De Cais E, Karim Z, Loreto G, Presuel F & Nanni A (2012) Acoustic emission characterization of the onset of corrosion in reinforced concrete. Sensors and Smart Structures Technologies for Civil, Mechanical, and Aerospace Systems 2012 RIS download Bibtex download
  • Loreto G, Di Benedetti M, Iovino R, Nanni A & Gonzalez MA (2011) Evaluation of corrosion effect in reinforced concrete by chloride exposure. Nondestructive Characterization for Composite Materials, Aerospace Engineering, Civil Infrastructure, and Homeland Security 2011 RIS download Bibtex download
  • Di Benedetti M, Loreto G, Nanni A, Matta F & Gonzalez-Nunez MA (2011) Continuous acoustic emission monitoring of reinforced concrete under accelerated corrosion. Nondestructive Characterization for Composite Materials, Aerospace Engineering, Civil Infrastructure, and Homeland Security 2011 RIS download Bibtex download

Reports

  • Di Benedetti M, Papastergiou P, Garcia, R & Pilakoutas K (2014) Report on FRP rebars and fibre types for the manufacturing of FRP shells RIS download Bibtex download

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