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Dr Esmaeel Esmaeeli
Lecturer in Civil and Environmental Engineering

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Esmaeel is a Lecturer in Structural Engineering in the Department of Civil and Environmental Engineering. Before joining Brunel University London, he was a postdoctoral researcher at Queen's University Belfast (QUB) funded by the prestigious Horizon2020 Marie-Curie Individual Fellowship (€183,454). In this project the innovative rapid and reliable post-tensioning solution, SMArtPlate, was developed for strengthening of reinforced concrete (RC) structures, such as bridges.

Thanks to the €48,000 scholarship awarded to his PhD proposal by the Portuguese Foundation for Science and Technology (FCT), the Hybrid Composite Plate (HCP) - another innovative system for retrofitting RC structures - was conceptualized and developed in ISISE (Institute for Sustainability and Innovation in Structural Engineering), Civil Engineering Department, University of Minho. HCP utilises the synergetic advantages of Strain Hardening Cementitious Composite (SHCC) and Carbon Fibre Reinforced Polymer (CFRP) to provide higher durability and connection reliability to structural strengthening practices than that of conventional systems, such as FRP and TRM.

During his MSc, Esmaeel developed a novel seismic strengthening technique, composed of GFRP wet layup and steel profiles, for seismic strengthening of deficient RC beam-column joints. This MSc thesis was developed at K. N. Toosi University of Technology in Tehran and in collaboration with International Institute of Earthquake Engineering and Seismology of Iran.

Esmaeel has several years of consultancy experience. He was a team leader in projects dealing with the vulnerability assessment and strengthening of structures.


  • PhD in Structural Eng., Dept. of Civil Eng., University of Minho (Guimarães, Portugal): “Development of Hybrid Composite Plate (HCP) for the Strengthening and Repair of RC Structures”
  • MSc in Structural Eng., of Civil Eng., K.N. Toosi University of Technology (Tehran, Iran): “Shear Strengthening of 3D Corner Beam-Column Joints of RC Structures Using GFRP and Mechanical Anchors”

Newest selected publications

Esmaeeli, E. and He, Y. (2021) 'Cast-in-situ vs prefabricated solution based on NSM-CFRP reinforced SHCC for seismic retrofitting of severely damaged substandard RC beam-column joints'. Journal of Building Engineering, 43. pp. 103132 - 103132. ISSN: 2352-7102

Journal article

Li, Y-Q., Chen, J-F., Yang, Z-J., Esmaeeli, E., Sha, W. and Huang, Y-J. (2021) 'Effects of concrete heterogeneity on FRP-concrete bond behaviour: Experimental and mesoscale numerical studies'. Composite Structures, 275. pp. 114436 - 114436. ISSN: 0263-8223

Journal article

Li, YQ., Esmaeeli, E., Chen, JF., Sha, W. and Soutsos, M. (2019) 'Single shear pull-off test of FRP-to-concrete and mortar bond'.14th International Symposium on Fiber Reinforced Polymers for Reinforced Concrete Structures (FRPRCS-14). Queen’s University Belfast, Belfast, UK.Open Access Link

Conference paper

Li, Y-Q., Esmaeeli, E., Chen, J-F., Sha, W. and Soutsos, M. (2019) 'Effect of Coarse Aggregates on FRP Strain Distribution in a FRP-to-Concrete Bonded Joint'.Advanced Composites in Construction (ACIC 2019). University of Birmingham, UK. 1 - 5 September. Advanced Composites in Construction, ACIC 2019 - Proceedings of the 9th Biennial Conference on Advanced Composites in Construction 2019. pp. 189 - 194.Open Access Link

Conference paper

Esmaeeli, E., Danesh, F., Tee, KF. and Eshghi, S. (2016) 'A combination of GFRP sheets and steel cage for seismic strengthening of shear-deficient corner RC beam-column joints'. Composite Structures, 159. pp. 206 - 219. ISSN: 0263-8223 Open Access Link

Journal article
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