Concrete and Earthquake Engineering Research Group

Department of Civil & Structural Engineering

Prof. Kypros Pilakoutas

Professor of Construction Innovation

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


Prof. Kypros Pilakoutas is the Professor of Construction Innovation in the Department, the Manager of the Centre for Cement and Concrete and the Chairman of the Concrete Research Group. Prof Pilakoutas is the Departmental Commercialisation Champion and is a Director of two technology spin-out companies. His research is in the fields of structural concrete, FRP and fibre reinforcement, repair, construction innovation and earthquake engineering.

He has vast experience in managing European Research Networks and has had more than 10 EU grants. He has a large number of international contacts and leads or participates in several international committees in his research fields. He is currently co-ordinating the EU Marie Curie Network for Composites in Construction, En-Core (since 2005). The network includes 11 partners from 9 EU countries and works closely with Task Group 9.3 of the International Concrete Federation (fib) for the development of international design guidelines.

Prof Pilakoutas was recently awarded an EU FP6 grant of €1,700,000 to investigate "Economical and Sustainable Pavement Infrastructure for Surface Transport". This research project will develop infrastructure for surface transport using slip forming and roller compaction techniques based on existing asphalt laying equipment and steel fibre reinforced concrete. The benefits of the new construction concept will be manifold, such as to reduce construction costs by 10-20%, reduce construction time by 15%, reduce the energy consumption in road construction by 40%, minimise maintenance, use waste materials in road construction and make tyre recycling more economically attractive.

Prof Pilakoutas has experience in IP protection and exploitation. He has over 30 patents awarded worldwide. Two of his patents are commercially exploited worldwide. Two more patents applications have been made in the field of using wire from recycled tyres as reinforcement.


BSc(Eng) University of London, ACGI Imperial College, DIC Imperial College, PhD University of London, DSc(Eng)

Research project(s)


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...

Reuse of Tyre Fibres for Fire-Spalling-Proof Concrete (IGNIS)

Reuse of Tyre Fibres for Fire-Spalling-Proof Concrete (IGNIS) is a research project funded by H2020 through the Marie Slodovska Curie Programme. Fire-induced explosive spalling (violent peeling-off of concrete surface) is a major drawback of modern high-performance and high-strength concrete. Tunnels and buildings have been seen to experience catastrophic failure due...


(2012). Design procedure and simplified equations for the flexural capacity of concrete members reinforced with fibre-reinforced polymer bars. Structural Concrete, 13 (2), pp. 119-129, Abstract: The predominant failure mode of concrete members reinforced with fibre-reinforced polymer (FRP) bars is flexural, due to either concrete crushing or FRP rupture. Many design tools have been developed for the flexural design of FRP-reinforced concrete. These tools are sufficiently accurate, but an...
(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.
(2012). Novel cold-formed steel elements for seismic applications. 21st International Specialty Conference on Cold-Formed Steel Structures - Recent Research and Developments in Cold-Formed Steel Design and Construction, pp. 771-784, Abstract: Novel cold-formed steel (CFS) elements are investigated in this paper for seismic resistant multi-storey moment frames. Premature local buckling and low out-of-plane stiffness are known as the main structural deficiencies of CFS sections with thin-walled elements. These lead to low energy...
(2012). Serviceability limit state of FRP RC beams. Advances in Structural Engineering, 15 (4), pp. 653-664.
(2012). Development of cold-formed steel elements for earthquake resistant moment frame buildings. Thin-Walled Structures, 53 (3), pp. 99-108, Abstract: The development of thin-walled cold-formed steel (CFS) sections as energy dissipative elements for seismic moment-resisting multi-storey frame buildings is presented through FE analysis and experimental work. Studies on different structural levels are undertaken. At the element level, increasing...
(2012). An efficient Performance-Based Seismic Design of Reinforced Concrete Frames. Earthquake Engineering and Structural Dynamics, 40 (4), (Full Text).