PhD Student Award 2016

Innovation in Concrete Structures
and Cementitious Materials


The II Edition of the PhD Student Award “Innovation in Concrete Structures and Cementitious Materials” aims at favoring the mutual understanding and cooperation between Building Industry and Professions and young Reasearchers.

The initiative was organized by the ACI Italy Chapter and it was supported by Federbeton. It consisted in the acknoledgment of the best three PhD theses about concrete structures and materials.

The competition was addressed to the PhD and PhD Students who defended their theses in 2014, 2015 and 2016.

Long abstracts were judged by a Scientific Committee and the accepted long abstracts are collected in a volume,

Scientific Committee

  • Prof. Luca Bertolini – Politecnico di Milano
  • Prof. Luigi Coppola – Università di Bergamo – ACI Italy Chapter
  • Prof. Pietro Gambarova – Politecnico di Milano – ACI Italy Chapter
  • Prof.ssa Livia La Mendola – Università di Palermo
  • Prof. Annibale Luigi Materazzi – Università di Perugia
  • Eng. Luca Turri – Federbeton


  • Isabella Colombo(Politecnico di Milano)
  • Irene Finozzi(Università di Firenze e di Braunschweig-D)
  • Forood Torabian(Politecnico di Milano)

Special mentions

  • Matteo Breveglieri (Università di Ferrara e del Minho-P)
  • Thomaz Butignol (Politecnico di Milano)
  • Bruno Dallago (Politecnico di Milano)
  • Iolanda Del Prete (Università di Napoli «Federico II»)
  • Jacopo Donnini (Università Politecnica delle Marche – AN)
  • Fabio Macobatti (Università di Brescia)
  • Andrea Tinini (Università di Brescia)

Partecipants to the 2nd edition of PhD Student Award

Breveglieri Matteo – Università di Ferrara (XXVI)
Shear strengthening of RC beams using the embedded through-section technique

Cefis Nicola – Politecnico di Milano (XXVIII)
Mechanical effects of sulfate attack on concrete: experimental characterization and modeling

Cimmino Maddalena – Università di Napoli Federico II – (XXVIII)
Seismic retrofit of precast structures

Chilwesa Masuzyo – Università di Brescia (XXVIII)
MDrying shrinkage cracking of concrete overlays used for structural repair and rehabilitation

Colombo Isabella – Politecnico di Milano (XXVIII)
Multilayer Precast Façade Panels: Structural Optimization for Energy Retrofitting

Dal Lago Bruno – Politecnico di Milano (XXVI)
Seismic Performance of Precast Structures with Dissipative Cladding-Panel Connections

De Risi Maria Teresa – Università di Napoli Federico II (XXVII)
Seismic performance assessment of R.C. Buildings accounting for structural and non-structural elements

Del Prete Iolanda – Università di Napoli Federico II (XXVII)
NSM FRP strengthening RC beams using high Tg FRPs & cementitious adhesives – Response at ambient and elevated temperature

Del Vecchio Ciro – Università di Napoli fedico II (XXVII)
Seismic behavior of poorly detailed beam-column joints retrofitted with frp systems: experimental investigation and analytical modeling

Donnini Jacopo – Università Politecnica delle Marche (XIV NS)
Study of enhanced fiber reinforced cementitious matrix (FRCM) systems for structural rehabilitation

Fadda Maria Luisa – Univerisità di Cagliari (XXVIII)
Giudizio immediato sullo stato di degrado dei ponti in c.a. basato su indagini low-cost

Fain Elisa – Politecnico di Milano (XXVII)
Comportamento e durabilità delle strutture miste in area archeologica. Il Tempio di Apollo Pizio all’Acropoli di Rodi

Faleschini Flora – Università di Padova (XXVII)
Techniques for sustainable building materials production: Recycling in concrete industry

Fascetti Alessandro – Università di roma (XXVIII)
Random Lattice Particle Modeling of Fracture Processes in Cementitious Materials

Finozzi Irene Barbara Nina – Università di Firenze (XXVII)
Structural response of corrosion damaged RC members: numerical analyses and experimental investigation

Forood Torobian Isfahan – Poliecnico di Milano (XXVIII)
Modification of durability properties of cement composites by nanoparticles

Irico Sara – Università del Piemonte Orientale (XXVIII)
Study and development of multifunctional cement-based materials

Krelani Visar – Politecnico di Milano (XXVI)
Self- Healing Capacity of Cementitious Composites

Macobatti Fabio – Università di Brescia (XXVII)
Experimental and numerical study of early-age cracking in retrofitting of existing RC structures

Messina Francesco – Univeristà di Napoli Parthenope (XXVIII)
Sustainable structural composites: the threefold strategy of waste reuse/stabilization, clinker reduction in high performance concrete and innovation through alkali activated binders/geopolymers

Mobili Alessandra – Università Politecnica delle Marche (XXVIII)
Geopolymeric and cementitious mortars for buildings: comparison at the same strength class

Nardinocchi Alessandro – Università Politecnica delle Marche (XIV NS)
Advanced cement-based composites: study of the synergic effect between fiber-reincorcement and expansive agent

Natali Maria Elena – Università di BOlogna (XXVIII)
A comprehensive study of fly ash based geopolymers activated at room temperature

Nestovito Gianluca – Università di Napoli Parthenope (XXVII)
Seismic response of an existing viaduct in Italy

Passoni Chiara – Università di Bergamo (XXVIII)
Holistic renovation of existing RC buildings: a framework for possible integrated structural interventions

Pepe Marco – Università di Salerno (XXVII)
A Conceptual Model for Designing Recycled Aggregate Concrete for Structural Applications

Spagnuolo Simone – Università di Roma (XXVIII)
Evolution of GFRP rebars: Tunnel applications

Teixeira Buttignol Eduardo – Politecnico di Milano (XXVIII)
On the Load-Induced Thermal Strains in Plain and Steel Fiber-Reinforced Concrete Subjected to Uniaxial Loading

Tinnini Andrea – Università di Brescia (XXVIII)
Investigating Existing Beams and Slabs Experiencing  Flexure and Shear Deficiency