Postdoctoral fellow receives IIFC Best PhD Thesis Award

Posted on August 01, 2018


Last July, the postdoctoral fellow Dr. Hamzeh Hajiloo received the IIFC Best PhD Thesis Award during the 9th International Conference on Fibre-Reinforced Polymer (FRP) Composites in Civil Engineering. The award was established by the IIFC Council in 2016 and is given to an PhD thesis completed within two years after the nomination by three full IIFC members, the evaluation by the Award Panel, the presentation at a special session at the CICE conference, and the final selection by the IIFC ExCom.

Concern regarding the fire performance of GFRP reinforced concrete structures is one of the major impediments to widespread applications of GFRPs in buildings. Dr. Hajiloo’s PhD thesis made significant contributions to the understanding of the performance of glass fibre reinforced polymer (GFRP) reinforced concrete slabs. He conducted an extensive material testing program to characterize the performance at high temperature of three different types of GFRP bars. This fundamental work was critical to developing an understanding of the performance of GFRP reinforced concrete structures in fire. In addition to the material testing, Dr. Hajiloo conducted full-scale fire tests that demonstrated new knowledge regarding the performance of GFRP reinforced concrete slabs in fire (especially with regard to bond performance). Dr. Hajiloo also developed a new and original numerical model to predict the performance of GFRP reinforced concrete slabs exposed to fire scenarios, and validated the model against his fire tests.