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Research group coordination

João Ramôa Correia
Full Professor, Co-Founder

João Ramôa Correia, born in 1978, is Full Professor at Instituto Superior Técnico – University of Lisbon, teaching the areas of construction technology, rehabilitation and new materials for civil engineering applications. His areas of expertise are fiber-reinforced polymer (FRP) materials, particularly glass fiber-reinforced polymer (GFRP) pultruded profiles, carbon fiber-reinforced polymer (CFRP) strengthening systems and composite sandwich panels. His most important research topics include the fire and durability behaviour of GFRP pultruded profiles, the development of composite sandwich panels for civil engineering applications and hybrid structures, which combine FRP components with other construction materials, such as steel, concrete or glass.

joao.ramoa.correia@tecnico.ulisboa.pt

Fernando Branco
Full Professor, Co-Founder

Fernando A. Branco is Full Professor of Civil Engineering at IST and Head of the Construction Section. He is President of the Portuguese Association of Structural Engineers (APEE), Past-President of the European Council of Civil Engineers (ECCE) and President of the International Association for Bridge and Structural Engineering (IABSE). He has been involved in several research projects with composites, namely GRC telecommunication towers, the ClickHouse modular GFRP house and the PONTALUMIS pedestrian bridge with FRP beams. Professionally, he has been consultant for major Public Works in Portugal, like the S. João Bridge (world longest railway span in cantilever construction), the Macau-Taipa Bridge (in China) and the Vasco da Gama Bridge (the longest in Europe).

fernando.branco@tecnico.ulisboa.pt

Research fellows

António Duarte
PhD, Research Fellow

António Duarte joined the Composites Research Group in 2019, to participate as a Research Fellow in the FCT-funded project “FireFloor – Fire Behaviour of GFRP Composite Panels for Rehabilitation of Building Floors”. He has a PhD and an MSc in Civil Engineering, from IST-UL, both in the areas of structural and computational mechanics. Previously, he developed his investigation on the experimental characterization and numerical modelling of steel, concrete and steel-concrete composite structures and on the numerical modelling of FRP composite structures.

antonio.duarte@tecnico.ulisboa.pt

Francisco Nunes
PhD, Research Fellow

Francisco’s first contact with FRPs was back in 2010 when he started his MSc thesis with the objective of studying the structural behaviour of FRP pultruded beams and columns, addressing different failure modes and their respective damage evolution models (work that he has pursued later, with his PhD thesis). During that time at CERIS he embraced other challenges in the field of FRP composites, namely the study of eccentrically loaded columns, web crippling of I-section profiles and the behaviour under fire of FRP beams and columns. He is currently a CORE Group civil engineering researcher whose work focuses mainly on the development and analysis of bio-based FRP composites.

francisco.nunes@tecnico.ulisboa.pt

João Pedro Firmo
PhD, Research Fellow

João Pedro Firmo joined the Composites Research Group in 2009 to develop his Master dissertation about the fire behaviour of reinforced concrete structures strengthened with fibre reinforced polymer (FRP) systems, a topic which he pursued in further depth to get his PhD degree in Civil Engineering. He currently focused on topics such as FRP strengthening systems, FRP-reinforced concrete, fire and elevated temperature response, fire protection systems and repair and rehabilitation of concrete structures.

joao.firmo@tecnico.ulisboa.pt

José Gonilha
PhD, Research Fellow

José Gonilha joined the Composites Research Group in 2010 when he started his research work on hybrid GFRP-concrete structures. He received his PhD degree from Lisbon University in 2014 with the thesis “GFRP-concrete hybrid structural systems. Application to the development of a footbridge prototype”. His research interests focus on the structural behaviour of FRP and hybrid GFRP-concrete structures, in particular their static, creep, dynamic and seismic responses.

jose.gonilha@tecnico.ulisboa.pt

Mário Rui Arruda
PhD, Research Fellow

Specialized PhD in the field of theoretical non-linear computational mechanics and damage models from 2008 to 2011. Joined the Composites Research Group in 2012. His mission is to provide support concerning finite element models with ABAQUS. He currently focuses on several topics such as: modelling GFRP 3D-elements using damage mechanics; creep deformation and ULS in GFRP sandwich panels; thermal-mechanical analysis of beams and slabs strengthened with CFRP EBR/NSM systems; thermal-mechanical analysis of beams and slabs reinforced with GFRP; and he is initiating studies in the Carrera Unified Formulation applied to the creep deformation of multilayer sections using MATLAB tools.

mario.rui.arruda@tecnico.ulisboa.pt

Mário Garrido
PhD, Research Fellow

Mário Garrido joined the Composites Research Group in 2011 to pursue his PhD degree in Civil Engineering. He conducts his research in the fields of FRP sandwich structures and bio-based FRPs. He currently focuses on topics such as design optimization, connection technology, fire and elevated temperature response, creep behaviour, and durability of FRP structures, as well as on the development of eco-efficient FRPs made from bio-based materials as an alternative to current oil-based products.

mario.garrido@tecnico.ulisboa.pt

Mário Sá
PhD, Research Fellow

Mário Sá started his research work in the field of GFRP pultruded beam profiles, having received his MSc degree in Structural Engineering from IST in 2007. He joined the Composite Materials Group in 2010, where he developed his PhD working programme on GFRP pultruded multicellular deck systems and hybrid GFRP-steel girder structures for pedestrian bridge applications (thesis concluded in 2015). His main research topics concern the mechanical and structural behaviour of GFRP beams and deck panels, creep phenomenon, dynamic response and joining techniques between structural pultruded members.

mario.sa@tecnico.ulisboa.pt

PhD students

Adriana Azevedo
MSc, PhD student

Adriana Azevedo joined the Composites Research Group in 2017 after obtaining her Master degree in Civil Engineering (area of expertise – Structures) from Instituto Superior Técnico, University of Lisbon. Currently her goal is to study the fire resistance behaviour of reinforced concrete structures strengthened with advanced FRP systems, such as prestressed CFRP systems.

adriana.azevedo@tecnico.ulisboa.pt

André Castelo
MSc, PhD student

In the Composites Research Group since 2015, which he joined to pursue his PhD degree in Civil Engineering, André Castelo is currently developing an inspection, diagnosis and rehabilitation system for glass fibre reinforced polymer (GFRP) pultruded profiles. He is also developing predictive degradation models for physical properties of GFRP elements (colour, gloss, glass transition temperature and fibre blooming) in elements exposed to different environmental conditions (natural ageing, UV and chemical exposure).

andre.castelo@tecnico.ulisboa.pt

Bruno Lopes
MSc, PhD student

Bruno Lopes is a structural engineer with 16 years of experience in the industry, previously working for the private sector. Taking into account the increasing use of new materials in the civil engineering industry, namely composites, Bruno Lopes found a need to expand his knowledge on this topic. He joined the CORE Group in 2018, and currently his focus is on the study of the constitutive relations of FRP materials using damage mechanics. With these new constitutive relations, it will be possible to numerically simulate beams, columns and connections of FRP structures.

brunojflopes@tecnico.ulisboa.pt

David Martins
MSc, PhD student

David joined the Composites Research Group in 2013, participating in the development and structural design of an emergency housing system made of composite materials within the ADI funded project “CLICKHOUSE”. His main research interests are concerned with structural engineering, namely: structural and connections design, earthquake engineering and numerical modelling (SAP2000 and ABAQUS).

davidjmmartins@tecnico.ulisboa.pt

Eloísa Castilho
MSc, PhD student

Eloísa Castilho joined the Composites Research Group in 2019, within the scope of the FireFloor research project. The FireFloor project addresses the fire behaviour of glass fibre reinforced polymer (GFRP) composite panels, and Eloísa’s goal is to pursue her PhD studies in this area of expertise. Eloísa graduated in 2004 from the University of Coimbra, and worked as a structural engineer for 5 years. In 2013 she obtained her Masters degree in Structural Engineering from Instituto Superior Técnico, University of Lisbon, having developed her MSc Dissertation at the Portuguese National Laboratory for Civil Engineering (LNEC). Afterwards, she worked and carried out her research at LNEC, as a Junior Research Fellow, on the numerical modelling of the thermal-chemo-mechanical behaviour of concrete dams. With the aim of finding new applications for her knowledge, she applied to the FireFloor project and hopes to contribute to its experimental, numerical and analytical studies.

eloisa.castilho@tecnico.ulisboa.pt

Inês Rosa
MSc, PhD student

Inês Rosa started her research work in the field of FRP materials in 2015, during her MSc Dissertation “Mechanical Behaviour of FRP Composites at Elevated Temperatures”, where she developed experimental and analytical studies on GFRP pultruded profiles. In January 2017, after obtaining her Master Degree in Civil Engineering (area of expertise – Construction), she joined the Composites Research Group, were she currently focuses on the bond performance at elevated temperature and fire resistance behaviour of concrete structures reinforced with FRP rebar.

ines.rosa@tecnico.ulisboa.pt

Lourenço Almeida Fernandes
MSc, PhD student

Lourenço Almeida Fernandes joined the Composites Research Group in 2013, having developed a MSc Dissertation focused on studying web-crippling phenomena in GFRP pultruded beams. After completing his MSc degree in structural engineering, he took internships in design and inspection engineering companies, from 2014 to 2016, participating in a diverse range of projects. Currently, and since February 2016, he is developing a PhD thesis to further understand the problem of web-crippling in pultruded beams, including experimental, numerical and analytical studies.

lourenco.a.fernandes@gmail.com

Marina Machado Santos
MSc, PhD student

Marina Machado joined the Composites Research Group in 2020 to develop her PhD studies. She obtained her Master’s degree in Civil Engineering (Structures) from the Federal University of Pernambuco, Brazil (2018), with a sandwich year in University of Nantes, France. She developed numerical and experimental analyses of cold-formed steel columns with fire protection in fire situation.  Before joining the CORE Group, she was teaching the Soil Mechanics and Construction Technology disciplines in Brazil. Now she is focused on the development of timber derived eco-efficient bio-composites for structural applications in Civil Engineering.

marina.leal.santos@tecnico.ulisboa.pt

Mateus Hofmann
MSc, PhD student

Mateus Hofmann joined the Composites Research Group in 2017 to develop his PhD studies in Civil Engineering. In Brazil, he worked as Professor in the field of Structures after obtaining his Master’s degree in Civil Engineering (specialization in Structures, by the Federal University of Santa Catarina in 2015). Currently, his focus is on the development of eco-efficient biocomposites for structural applications in Civil Engineering.

mateus.hofmann@tecnico.ulisboa.pt

Md Abu Toyob Shahid
MSc, PhD student

Md Abu Toyob Shahid joined the CORE Group in 2019. He is from Bangladesh and completed the KIC double degree Masters from IST, Portugal, in Energy Engineering and Management specialized in Renewable Energy and from AGH-UST, Poland, in Clean Fossil and Alternative Fuel Energy. He did his MSc thesis on regeneration of catalyst used for carbon capture. Currently he is focusing his research on the development of thermoset resins derived from renewable feedstock for use in FRPs.

toyobshahid@tecnico.ulisboa.pt

Miguel Proença
MSc, PhD student

Miguel Proença joined the Composites Research Group in 2014 during his MSc thesis about the behaviour of beam-to-column GFRP bolted connections. He is currently developing a PhD thesis focused on the development of 2nd generation GFRP pultruded sandwich panels. His main topics of interest are numerical modelling, connection technology, structural, thermal, acoustic and fire behaviour of sandwich panel systems.

miguel.m.proenca@tecnico.ulisboa.pt

Pietro Mazzuca
MSc, PhD student

Pietro Mazzuca joined the Composites Research Group in 2018, as an exchange student, to develop his MSc thesis about the bond behaviour between GFRP rebars and concrete at elevated temperature. After obtaining his master degree in architecture and construction engineering at University of Calabria, he is currently focusing his study on the fire behaviour of GFRP composite panels.

pietro.mazzuca@tecnico.ulisboa.pt

Wallace Maia
MSc, PhD student

Wallace Maia joined the Composites Research Group in 2017. In Brazil, he is Assistant Professor in the Federal University of Maranhão. He received his Master Degree from the Federal University of Pará, where he studied the shear strength of reinforced concrete one-way ribbed slabs. Currently, his goal is to study the structural behaviour of concrete columns reinforced with GFRP rebar.

wallace.souza@tecnico.ulisboa.pt