“SMART BRIDGES: UNLOCKING THE POTENTIAL OF SELF-SENSING AND LIGHTWEIGHT CONCRETE”
The structural health of existing infrastructure is of great importance for contemporary engineering structures since the aftermath of extreme events such as earthquakes or blast loading could seriously undermine their ability to perform their intended functions. Therefore, monitoring of their structural health is deemed as necessary, and typically is performed by installing sensors in specific locations and periodically collecting and evaluating their measurements. In this presentation another possibility of Structural Health Monitoring will be presented, that of self- sensing concrete. A holistic approach was followed for the development of this product, according to the capabilities offered by LighCoce ecosystem and this new product development model will be outlined in this presentation. The product started from lab development and proceeded to large scale pilot trials (almost real scale), was fully characterized according to the critical material properties and a new test method for correlating the mechanical characteristics with electrical measurements was attempted to be established. Furthermore, for a deeper understanding of the product self-sensing capacities, the modelling of its self-sensing performance in various conditions was studied while the route to the market though compliance with standards, market analysis and business planning was also thoroughly investigated.
Dr. Eng., Associate Professor in Concrete Technology and Durability at the National Technical University of Athens (NTUA), School of Civil Engineering. He is a chemical engineer, with a PhD in the field of concrete technology and durability and post graduate studies on engineering-economical systems (MBA). The main part of his research work is related to the subject “Chemistry of Cement and Concrete Technology – Durability of Concrete”. He is currently leading the civil engineering research team under the frame of the funded program LightCoce (Horizon 2020) and coordinates a Horizon MSCA Postdoctoral Fellowships 2021 program as well as 2 national research programs. He has also participated in 5 national and 2 international research programs (FP7) in the last 16 years. He is a member of the Technical Chamber of Greece, Pan-Hellenic Association of Chemical Engineers and American Concrete Institute. He is a reviewer for many international journals. His published record is made up of 30 journal papers, 56 conference publications and concentrates approx. 1600 citations, with an h-index of 17.