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Andreea Serbescu

Dr Andreea Serbescu

Lecturer in Building Surveying


Andreea is a Lecturer in the Department of the Natural and Built Environment. Prior to joining Sheffield Hallam University, Andreea worked as a structural engineer for the AMEY plc. consulting, following her Marie Curie Fellow research role at The University of Sheffield.

  • About

    Andreea holds a PhD in Civil and Structural Engineering from The University of Sheffield. Her main interest is in the field of rehabilitation of concrete structures using innovative materials. She is particularly interested in limiting the impact of strengthening strategies on the natural environment whilst ensuring a safe and economic implementation. During her years in Industry, she was involved in surveys, structural analysis, design checks and feasibility studies for a variety of structures for private clients as well as Local Authorities.

  • Teaching

    Andreea teaches across all levels in the Department of the Natural and Built Environment, as well as supervising research projects. Her main teaching involvement is in the areas of 'Structural Appraisal of Existing Buildings', 'Pathology', 'Structural Strengthening', 'Evaluation of Construction Technology' and 'Non-destructive Testing and Evaluation'.

  • Research

    Andreea has had extensive involvement in international research networks such as:  the "European Network for Composite Reinforcement" En-Core and the European COST Action TU1207 “Next Generation Design Guidelines for Composites in Construction”. She is a member of Task Group 5.1 “FRP Reinforcement for concrete structures” of the International Federation for Structural Concrete (fib). 

    Her current key research interests include:

    • the durability prediction of FRP-to- concrete bond
    • the enhanced performance of bamboo as reinforcement in temporary concrete structures
    • the use of FRP stitches for masonry/concrete crack control
  • Publications

    Journal articles

    Serbescu, A., Guadagnini, M., & Pilakoutas, K. (2015). Mechanical characterization of basalt FRP rebars and long-term strength predictive model. Journal of Composites for Construction, 19 (2).

    Serbescu, A., Guadagnini, M., & Pilakoutas, K. (2013). Standardised double-shear test for determining Bond of FRP to concrete and corresponding model development. Composites Part B: Engineering, 55, 277-297.

    Conference papers

    Serbescu, A., Pilakoutas, K., & Guadagnini, M. (2017). Basalt fibres for concrete strengthening. In Seismic Loss, Rehabilitation and Post-earthquake Crisis Management of Critical Infrastructure 2017, Istanbul, Turkey, 20 November 2017 - 24 November 2017.

    Serbescu, A., Guadagnini, M., & Pilakoutas, G. (2017). Test standardisation for FRP-to-concrete bond characterisation. In ACIC - 8th Biennial Conference on Advanced Composites in Construction, University of Sheffield, UK, 5 September 2017 - 7 September 2017.

    Guadagnini, M., Serbescu, A., Ceroni, F., Palmieri, A., Matthys, S., Czaderski, C., ... Tamuzs, V. (2012). Bond of FRP strengthening systems for concrete structures: A Round Robin Test. Bridge Maintenance, Safety, Management, Resilience and Sustainability - Proceedings of the Sixth International Conference on Bridge Maintenance, Safety and Management, 1179-1186.

    Serbescu, A., Guadagnini, M., Pilakoutas, K., Palmieri, A., & Matthys, S. (2011). Basalt FRPs for strengthening of RC members. Advances in FRP Composites in Civil Engineering - Proceedings of the 5th International Conference on FRP Composites in Civil Engineering, CICE 2010, 691-694.

    Serbescu, A., Guadagnini, M., & Pilakoutas, K. (2008). Applicability of basalt FRP in strengthening of RC beams. Proceedings of the 4th International Conference on FRP Composites in Civil Engineering, CICE 2008.

    Book chapters

    Burgoyne, C.J., Pilakoutas, K., Serbescu, A., Taranu, N., Tamuzs, V., & Weber, A. (2007). Material characteristics. In FRP Reinforcement in RC Structures. (pp. 7-30). Lausanne, Switzerland: International Federation for Structural Concrete:


    Serbescu, A., Guadagnini, M., & Pilakoutas, K. (2017). FRP Strengthening of RC Beams - Research overview. Presented at: Institution of Structural Engineers - Linking Academia and Research, Diamond Building, University of Sheffield, 2017

  • Other activities

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