Concrete and Earthquake Engineering Research Group

Department of Civil & Structural Engineering

Dr Maurizio Guadagnini

Senior Lecturer
Maurizio Guadagnini

+44 (0)114 222 5757

Department of Civil and Structural Engineering
Sir Frederick Mappin Building
Mappin Street,
S1 3JD


Maurizio Guadagnini is a Senior Lecturer in the Department of Civil and Structural Engineering of the University of Sheffield. He has more than 15 years of research experience in the field of experimental mechanics and advanced modelling of concrete elements utilising both conventional and novel reinforcing systems.

He is the secretary and active member of Task Group 9.3 of the International Federation for Structural Concrete (fib), member of the council of the International Institute for FRP in Construction (IIFC) and member of two RILEM Technical Committees on strengthening of masonry and concrete structures. Dr Guadagnini is the chair and manager of COST Action TU1207 (Next Generation Design Guidelines for Composites in Construction), which currently counts more than 150 participants from 33 countries. He is also the coordinator of the MC ITN Network endure for Durable Reinforcement and Rehabilitation Solutions. The Network comprises 13 academic partners, 1 industry partner and 10 industry associated partners and has a total budget of €3.9M.

He has participated in several EU and nationally funded projects and he is currently involved in the the FP7 funded project Anagennisi, which examines the Innovative Use of all Tyre Components in Concrete.

Recent activities and achievements

  • Chair of COST Action TU1207 on ‘Next Generation Design Guidelines for Composites in Construction’. Action TU1207 aims to coordinate the wide FRP community, including research teams, learned groups (fib, RILEM, CEN), manufacturers and distributors. Action TU1207 has officially started on 12 April 2013 and can already count the support of 23 COST countries and more than 100 researchers and manufacturers.
  • Coordinator of MC ITN endure. The endure network started in October 2013 and will operate for four years. It comprises 13 academic partners, 1 industry partner and 10 Industry associated partners. The network investigates issues related to key priority areas, including seismic rehabilitation and strengthening and a new whole-life performance based philosophy of design. The network will deliver 500 months of training and employ 12 Early Stage Researchers and 5 Experienced Researchers.
  • Secretary of Task Group 9.3 on FRP Reinforcement of the International Federation for Structural Concrete (fib). Work within this TG enabled the development of strong International academic and industrial links.


Postgraduate Certificate in Learning & Teaching, The University of Sheffield, UK, 2009
PhD in Civil and Structural Engineering, University of Sheffield, UK, 2002
Laurea in Structural Engineering, Universita` degli Studi di Bologna, Italy, 1997

Research project(s)

COST Action TU1207

Action TU1207 leverages the already large amount of work carried out on the use of composite reinforcement for structural applications by individual research teams and existing learned groups. Action TU1207 was established in 2013 and operated until 2017. During these four years the Action aimed: to coordinate European research in...


Innovative Use of all Tyre Components in Concrete
Anagennisi: Innovative Use of all Tyre Components in Concrete An estimated one billion tyres are discarded each year. Post-Consumer tyre arisings for EU countries (2010) are 3.4M tonnes per year. At the moment nearly 50% of all recycled tyres/components still end up as fuel, in low grade applications or in...

Clean steel

Clean steel: Re-use of steel cord from tyres as reinforcement in sustainable construction Concept: A method has recently been developed for recovering very high strength steel cord (RTSC) from the significant volumes of pre-vulcanised rubber waste generated during the manufacture of car and truck tyres. Preliminary research has shown this...


(2014). Seismic strengthening of severely damaged beam-column RC joints using CFRP. Journal of Composites for Construction, 18 (2), (Full Text).
(2014). Notched Strip Tensile Tests to Determine Yield Characteristics of Stainless Steel. Journal of Engineering Mechanics, 140 (4).
(2013). Seismic Loss Assessment Framework for RC High-rise Wall Buildings: Dubai Case Study. In Second International Conference on Engineering Geophysics , Abstract: A complete Seismic Loss Assessment Framework for code compliant, RC high-rise buildings in medium-seismicity regions exposed to different earthquake scenarios is proposed. Dubai (UAE) is taken as a case study. Studied exposure is represented by reference structures which are categorized based on...
(2013). Bond strength of short lap splices in RC beams confined with steel stirrups or external CFRP. Materials and Structures, pp. 1-17. (Full Text)., Abstract: This paper investigates the bond behaviour of lapped steel bars using fifteen RC beams tested in flexure. Twelve of the beams were designed to fail by bond splitting at midspan, where the main flexural reinforcement was lapped 10 bar diameters. The parameters studied include the amount and type of...
(2013). Shear-induced Deformation of FRP RC Beams. In FRPRCS-11: 11th International Symposium on Fiber Reinforced Polymers for Reinforced Concrete Structures , Abstract: The low stiffness of FRP reinforcement, along with its lack of ductility, yields a deformation and cracking behaviour of the resulting FRP RC elements that is different from that of their steel RC equivalent. The ability of estimating accurately the deformation of structural elements at a given...
(2013). Shake Table Tests on Deficient RC Buildings Strengthened Using Post- Tensioned Metal Straps, Abstract: In terms of sustainability, it is better to retrofit old structures and extend their life instead of destroying and replacing them. This book presents the state-of-the-art in seismic evaluation and retrofitting.
(2013). Standardised double-shear test for determining bond of FRP to concrete and corresponding model development. Composites Part B: Engineering, 55 (1), pp. 277-297, Abstract: Bond stress - slip characteristics play a major role in the behaviour of EBR FRP strengthened RC beams. These characteristics are normally determined by using experimental data from small-scale bond tests. However, the research community is yet to agree on a unified experimental set-up and testing...
(2012). Predicting the shear resistance of RC beams without shear reinforcement using a Bayesian neural network. International Journal of Reliability and Safety, 6 (01-Mar), pp. 82-109.