Tiago Morgado
PhD (2012 to 2018)

Tiago Morgado started studying the fire behaviour of GFRP pultruded profiles (beams and columns) when exposed to fire in his MSc Dissertation, having joined the Composites Research Group in 2012. In order to achieve his PhD degree in Civil Engineering he carried out experimental, numerical, and analytical investigations on that research topic. Currently, he is finishing his PhD Thesis about the thermal and structural response of GFRP profiles under fire.

João Sousa
PhD (2012 to 2018)

João Sousa joined the Composites Research Group in 2012 after obtaining his Master degree in Civil Engineering (specialization Construction Technology) from Instituto Superior Técnico, University of Lisbon. After one year as a research assistant, he started his PhD studies in 2013, focusing in depth on the durability of GFRP profiles and their adhesively bonded connections, in collaboration with the Portuguese National Civil Engineering Laboratory (LNEC). His main topics of interest are predictive degradation modelling, synergistic effects, durability of pultruded components and structural adhesives.

Luís Valarinho
PhD (2011 to 2017)

Luís Valarinho joined the Composites Research Group in 2011, when he started his research on hybrid glass structures. He received his PhD degree from Lisbon University in 2016 with the thesis “Construction in Structural Glass. Flexural Behaviour of Laminated Glass Members and Development of Glass-GFRP Composite Beams”. His main topics of interest are the structural behaviour of adhesively bonded joints, traditional structures of glass and hybrid/reinforced/composite glass elements, including their structural design, long-term response and post-cracking behaviour.

Cristina López Sánchez
PhD student (2012 to 2016)

Cristina pursued her PhD studies in the CORE Group developing a FE code to evaluate the thermomechanical response of GFRP beams and columns subjected to fire.  The developed program combined the thermal distribution computation in the cross-section of profiles (modelled as 2D elements) with the calculation of the mechanical behaviour along their length (1D elements). Currently, she is working in an international company as a structural engineer in the field of offshore and heavy lift engineering.

José Sampaio
MSc, Research Assistant (2012 to 2013)

José Sampaio collaborated with the CORE Group in the Carbofire research project, developing numerical models for the fire resistance behaviour fracture of CFRP-strengthened reinforced concrete members, in particular, their fracture response. He currently works in IT management, namely in the development and management of information systems in the aerospace industry.