Session 1: Properties of composite materials, strengthening techniques, and evidence of strengthening effectiveness
September, 28th, 2022         3-6 pm KSA (UTC+3)

  • Properties of composite materials (Prof. Joaquim Barros, 30 min)
  • Strengthening techniques (Prof. Joaquim Barros, 30 min)
    • Externally bonded reinforcement for flexural and shear
    • Near surface mounted for flexural and shear
    • Embedded through section for shear
    • Seismic
  • Evidence of strengthening effectiveness by experimental research
    • Flexural strengthening (Dr. Inês Costa, 120 min)

Session 2: Evidence of strengthening effectiveness (cont’d)
October, 11th, 2022         3-6 pm KSA (UTC+3)

  • Evidence of strengthening effectiveness by experimental research (cont’d)
    • Shear strengthening (Prof. Joaquim Barros, 90 min)
    • Torsional strengthening (Prof. Joaquim Barros, 30 min)
    • Seismic strengthening (Prof. Joaquim Barros, 60 min) 

Session 3: Design guidelines
October, 25th, 2022         3-6 pm KSA (UTC+3)

  • Design guidelines
    • Flexural (Dr. Inês Costa & Dr. Tiago Valente, 120 min)
    • Shear and torsion (Dr. Inês Costa & Dr. Tiago Valente, 60 min)

Session 4: Design guidelines (cont’d) and case study
November, 1st, 2022         3-6 pm KSA (UTC+3)

  • Design guidelines (cont’d)
    • Confinement (Prof. Joaquim Barros, 60 min)
  • Case study (Dr. Tiago Valente & Dr. Inês Costa, 120 min)





About the Speakers

Joaquim A. O. Barros is Full Professor of the Department of Civil Engineering of Minho University, Director of the PhD in Civil Engineering and coordinator of the Structural Composites Group. He is a Fellow American Concrete Institute (ACI), and voting member of ACI Technical Committees: 440-Fiber-Reinforced Polymer Reinforcement and 544-Fiber-Reinforced Concrete. He is a member of the Technical Committees of the International Federation for Structural Concrete (fib): TG 4.1-Fibre Reinforced Concrete, TG 5.1-FRP Reinforcement for Concrete Structures, TG 4.3-Structural design with flowable concrete, and Convener of the fib TG 2.4.1-Modelling of Fibre Reinforced Concrete Structures. He is a member of the International union of laboratories and experts in Construction materials, systems and Structures – RILEM: TC-234-DUC – Design procedures for the use of composites in strengthening of reinforced concrete structures. He was a member of the RILEM TC 162-TDF and ACI 506 – Shotcreting. He was a council member of the International Institute for FRP in Construction (IIFC). He was member of the Scientific Advisory Committee of the Australian “Design Guideline for RC structures retrofitted with FRP and metal plates: beams and slabs“. His research interests include structural strengthening, composite materials, fiber reinforced concrete and the development of constitutive models for the simulation of the behavior of cement based and polymer based materials, and their implementation in software based on the finite element method (FEM). He his author of more than 800 papers divided by books, chapter of books, journal papers (>200 in ISI journals), conferences, monographs and educational reports. At July 2022 his h-Index-Scopus was 41, while according to the Google scholar the total number of citations was @11500 with an h-index of 52 and an I10-Index of 231, and Researchgate indexes of: RG Score of 42.92, percentile > 97.5%, Citations@8550, Reads@128000. Chairman of 10 international conferences, with special reference to: BEFIB2012- 8th RILEM International Symposium on Fibre Reinforced Concrete: challenges and opportunities; FRPRCS11- Eleven International Symposium on Fibre Reinforced Polymer for Reinforced Concrete Structures, and 4 national conferences, and 7 Seminars/Workshops. He is the co-founder of FEMIX FEM-based computer program for advanced structural analysis. He participates(ed) in 44 research projects (24 as coordinator). Supervisor of 7 Pos-Doc (concluded), 53 PhD (41 concluded) and 38 MSc (37 concluded). He is the founder of the CiviTest Company (, and consultant on the areas of fiber reinforced concrete (FRC) structures, structural rehabilitation and strengthening, and for the development of new materials for innovative structures, most notably the design of affordable houses in FRC for South America Countries, the strengthening of residential/commercial buildings with prestressed carbon fibre laminates, and the structural design of the Centro de Solidariedade de Braga, which was named for the Secil 2005 prize. He is co-inventor of the national patents PT116162, 107111 and 108615, and co-inventor of the international patents 108611 and EP21177011.0.


Tiago Valente holds a PhD in Civil Engineering, graduated by the University of Minho and is a Civil Engineer and technical director of the Design and Advanced Modeling at the company CiviTest – Pesquisa de Novos Materiais para a Engenharia Civil, Lda. He has extensive experience in the design and of structures, as well as in research and development of new materials and structural systems. His research interests include numerical simulation of the behavior of structures, fiber reinforced concrete, composite structures and the development and implementation of software for the analysis and design of structures.


Inês Costa is the Technical Director of CiviTest LDA Laboratory. She has extensive experience in the experimental area, both concerning the execution of standardized tests in cementitious, steel and polymeric materials, as well as the design and execution of non-standardized tests and full-scale tests on strengthened reinforced concrete structural elements in the scope of R&D projects. She has also analytical and numerical research skills, with emphasis on material nonlinear analysis of concrete structures strengthened with composite materials and on the development of analytical formulations to support design guidelines.

By Prof. Joaquim Barros, Dr. Tiago Valente and Dr. Inês Costa

  • CiviTest, Portugal

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