David Martins joined the CORE Group in 2013 as a research assistant on the ClickHouse project. In 2017 he would join the FRP-Quake project and start his PhD studies on the mechanical behaviour of GFRP frame structures, focusing on the development of beam-to-column connection technology and their influence in the frames’ structural behaviour. He completed his PhD in 2022 with the thesis titled “Monotonic, cyclic and seismic behaviour of pultruded structures: from connections to full-scale frames”.
Mateus Hofmann joined the CORE Group in 2017, where he worked in the EcoComposite project and developed bio-based unsaturated polyester resins for structural applications in FRP composite materials. He completed his PhD in 2022 with the thesis titled “Sustainable bio-based resins and fibre-polymer composites for civil engineering structural applications”.
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’s degree in architecture and construction engineering at University of Calabria, he went on to develop his PhD studies on the fire resistance behaviour of sandwich panels composed of GFRP face sheets and longitudinal webs, and two different core materials, namely polyurethane (PUR) foam and polyethylene terephthalate (PET) foam. He completed his PhD in 2022 with the thesis titled “Fire behaviour of GFRP sandwich panels for the rehabilitation of building floors”.
Wallace Maia joined the Composites Research Group in 2017 to develop his PhD studies on the behaviour of concrete columns reinforced with GFRP rebars subjected to different loading conditions, including monotonic and cyclic lateral loads. This research included a comprehensive experimental campaign, comprising tests on 16 real-scale concrete columns (with footings), complemented with analytical and numerical studies. He completed his PhD in 2021 with the thesis titled “Comportamento de colunas de betão armado com varões de GFRP sob diferentes condições de carregamento”.