fibUK lecture: advancing sustainable construction with basalt fibre reinforcement
Date & Time

27 June 2024
18:00 - 19:30 BST

Location

Online

Price
Free
fibUK lecture: advancing sustainable construction with basalt fibre reinforcement

fibUK lecture: advancing sustainable construction with basalt fibre reinforcement

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Date & Time

27 June 2024
18:00 - 19:30 BST

Location

Online

Price
Free

Hear from three industry experts as they explore the potential of basalt fibre as an alternative reinforcement material for concrete, from its engineering properties, manufacturing processes, and economics, to the myriad applications of Basalt Fibre Reinforced Polymer (BFRP) in sustainable construction.

Experts cover on the following: 

Chandan Gowda, Engineer at AtkinsRéalis

  • Explores the potential of basalt as an alternative reinforcement for concrete beams, comparing its performance directly to steel

  • Indicates that basalt-reinforced concrete matches steel in both moment of resistance and deflection, while significantly reducing embodied carbon emissions

  • Highlights the need for increased adoption of basalt to drive down overall construction expenses and environmental impact, despite its higher manufacturing costs

Ana Pavlovic, Senior R&D Engineer at Laing O’Rourke

  • Gain insights into various facets of Basalt Fibre Reinforced Polymer (BFRP) as a reinforcing material, encompassing technical, regulatory, commercial, and sustainability considerations

  • Explore the potential contributions of BFRP in sustainable construction illustrated through application examples

  • Engage in discussions surrounding the obstacles hindering widespread deployment

Rabee Shamass, Senior Lecturer in Structural Engineering at Brunel University London

  • Explore the production process of basalt fibres and reinforcement

  • Analyse the mechanical and durability properties of BFRP through material characterisation

  • Examine the environmental advantages of basalt fibre, including its sustainability impact

Speakers

Chandan Gowda

Engineer at AtkinsRéalis

Chandan, a bridge engineer at AtkinsRéalis in Epsom, UK, specialises in assessing and strengthening bridges using Fiber-Reinforced Polymer (FRP) materials. Currently, he leads assessments for the M48 Severn Suspension Bridge and the M4 Prince of Wales Bridge. Chandan is actively involved in professional groups including fib Task Group 5.1 and COST Action 1406. He also contributes to AtkinsRéalis' Bridge Engineering Working Group and Digital Image Correlation projects. Chandan's accomplishments include being named the 2023 UK entrant to the fib Achievement Award for Young Engineers and receiving the AtkinsRéalis Presidential Award.

Ana Pavlovic

Senior R&D Engineer at Laing O’Rourke

Ana is a Senior R&D Engineer for Laing O’Rourke, who joined Laing O’Rourke as part of the Structures and Sustainability R&D team; currently leading the concrete decarbonisation workstream. Ana is an active member of the fib Task Group 5.1 for FRP as Internal Reinforcement, fib UK Early Careers Group, as well as a corresponding Editorial Board member for ICE Magazine of Concrete Research. Previously, Ana has led life cycle assessment (LCA) and life cycle costing (LCC) work on a EU-funded research project developing intelligent bulk materials for transport industries. Coming from a Structural Engineering background, Ana holds a PhD on the topic of basalt FRP reinforcement for prestressed concrete application, which has received industry awards and grants.

Rabee Shamass

Senior Lecturer in Structural Engineering at Brunel University London

Dr. Shamass is a Senior Lecturer in Structural Engineering at Brunel University London, Department of Civil and Environmental Engineering. Since 2018, he has focused on the utilisation of fibre reinforced polymers (FRP), particularly Basalt fibre reinforced polymers (BFRP), as substitutes for steel reinforcements in concrete infrastructures. Additionally, he has conducted extensive testing on various BFRP reinforcements, including fibres, macro-bars, stirrups, and dowels. Integrating BFRP reinforcements into low-carbon concrete technologies is a recent attempt aimed at achieving environmentally friendly reinforced concrete (RC) members.

Corin Walford

Chair

Corin is a Chartered Civil Engineer, specialising in the management and construction of reinforced concrete structures within the buildings and infrastructure sectors. He has worked for the contractor Laing O’Rourke for over 15 years, on projects including the Leadenhall Building, Hinkley Point C, and Old Oak Common HS2 Station. He is the current Deputy Chair of fibUK. His professional interests include construction simulation, DfMA and modular engineering, sustainable concrete design, construction methods and temporary works.

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Email - [email protected]

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