Fin is a Principal Consultant within the Centre for Infrastructure Management (CIM) within the Materials and Engineering Research Institute at Sheffield Hallam University. Within this research centre, Fin uses his wealth of experience to deliver services for businesses operating in the infrastructure and construction sector. Fin offers a range of expertise and services such as structural testing, product development, recycling solutions, insulation testing and many more.
- Chartered Civil Engineer with strong track record in researching repair and maintenance of concrete structures and energy consumption in the built environment
- Sustained record of income generation in research/knowledge transfer/consultancy
- Designed, led and delivered a training course for Bridge Inspectors which meet the requirements of the international 'Bridge Inspectors Training and Competence Scheme', run by the UK Bridges Board, 2014 to date
- Designed and delivered numerous CPD courses in concrete repair and maintenance
Materials and Engineering Research Institute
Science, Technology and Arts
Fin is the Course Leader for the 'Bridge Inspection Training Course', a six-day professional training course designed to equip bridge inspectors with the required knowledge to become certified under the Bridge Inspector Certification Scheme of the UK Bridges Board. The course is delivered in various locations across the UK. It is also available for International delivery or as an in-house option.
- Centre for Infrastructure Management
- Centre for Regional Economic and Social Research, Materials and Engineering Research Institute
- Nationally and Internationally recognised expert in researching the performance of built infrastructure and knowledge exchange with stakeholders
- Outputs in high quality journals, refereed international conferences and non-refereed conferences/workshops
- Established and modelled the interaction between new repair materials and the original concrete substrate in bridges
- Initiated new ways of strengthening and repairing concrete structures to enhance strength and increase service life
- Contributed to all RAE/REF assessments whilst at Sheffield Hallam University (2001, 2008, 2014)
- High impact via training local authority and bridge inspection professionals across the UK and abroad
- Energy performance of buildings/district heating research informs the UK Government on performance
- Currently supervising a number of PhD/MPhil students in the broad area of built infrastructure (corrosion prevention for sustainability, development of low energy construction materials, low energy heated panels)
- PhD examiner
Summary of Interests
- performance of corroding and repaired reinforced concrete elements
- repair and maintenance of concrete infrastructure
- corrosion prevention and strengthening of reinforced concrete
- development and evaluation of construction materials
- development of low energy heated panels for electric vehicles
- performance of low impact buildings for carbon reduction
Nguyen, C., Lambert, P., Mangat, P., O'Flaherty, F., & Jones, G. (2015). Near-surface mounted carbon fibre rod used for combined strengthening and cathodic protection for reinforced concrete structures. Structure and Infrastructure Engineering, 12 (3), 356-365. http://doi.org/10.1080/15732479.2015.1017507
Wu, Y.Y., Lambert, P., Mangat, P., & O'Flaherty, F. (2011). Analysis of stray current induced by cathodic protection on steel-framed masonry structures. Open Corrosion Journal, (4), 34-39. http://www.benthamscience.com/open/tocorrj/articles/V004/34TOCORRJ.pdf
Chidiroglou, I., O'Flaherty, F., & Goodwin, A. (2009). Shear behaviour of crushed concrete and bricks. Proceedings of the Institution of Civil Engineers. Construction Materials, 162 (3), 121-126. http://doi.org/10.1680/coma.2009.162.3.121
Lambert, P., Mangat, P., O'Flaherty, F., & Wu, Y.-.Y. (2008). Cathodic protection of steel framed masonry structures - experimental and numerical studies. Materials and structures, 41 (2), 301-310. http://doi.org/10.1617/s11527-007-9240-2
Jones, G., Mangat, P., Lambert, P., & O'Flaherty, F. (2018). Using alkali-activated smart concrete for enhanced performance of structures. In International Conference on Alkali Activated Materials and Geopolymers 2018, Tomar, Portugal, 27 May 2018. http://www.engconf.org/past-conferences/alkali-activated-materials-and-geopolymers-versatile-materials-offering-high-performance-and-low-emissions/
O'Flaherty, F.J., Mangat, P.S., Lambert, P., & Browne, E.H. (2010). Influence of shear reinforcement corrosion on the performance of underreinforced concrete beams. In Bridge Maintenance, Safety, Management and Life-Cycle Optimization - Proceedings of the 5th International Conference on Bridge Maintenance, Safety and Management, 3448-3452.
O'Flaherty, F., Mangat, P., Lambert, P., & Browne, E. (2009). Effect of main steel corrosion on the stiffness of corroded reinforced concrete beams. CRC Press: http://doi.org/10.1201/9781439828434.ch113
O'flaherty, F.J., Pinder, J.A., & Jackson, C. (2009). The role of photovoltaics in reducing carbon emissions in domestic properties. In Sustainability in Energy and Buildings - Proceedings of the International Conference in Sustainability in Energy and Buildings, SEB'09, 107-115.
Mangat, P., & O'Flaherty, F. (1999). Long term performance criteria for concrete repair materials. In Skarendahl, Å., & Petersson, Ö. (Eds.) International Congress, Creating with Concrete - Concrete Durability and Repair Technology, University of Dundee, 31 December 1999(pp. 263-274). RILEM Publications SARL
Mangat, P., & O'Flaherty, F. (1999). Efficacy of different materials and methods of repair in highway bridges. In Concrete Communication Conference '99: The 9th BCA Annual Conference on Higher Education and the Concrete Industry, Cardiff University, 31 December 1999.
Jackson, C., O'Flaherty, F., & Pinder, J. (2009). Managing change in domestic renewable energy schemes. In Howlett, R.J., Jain, L.C., & Lee, S.H. (Eds.) Sustainability in Energy and Buildings (pp. 175-186). Springer: . http://doi.org/10.1007/978-3-642-03454-1
O'Flaherty, F., & Mangat, P. (2003). Recommendations for the European prestandard for concrete repair. In Naus, D.J. (Ed.) 2nd International RILEM Workshop on Life Prediction and Aging Management of Concrete Structures (pp. 237-245). RILEM Publications SARL: . http://doi.org/10.1617/2912143780.023
O'Flaherty, F., Ghassemlooy, Z., Mangat, P., & Dowker, K. (2003). Temperature characterisation of LPG sensors for monitoring deterioration in reinforced concrete. In ILCDES 2003: Integrated Lifetime Engineering of Buildings and Civil Infrastructures (pp. 1001-1006). Rotterdam: In-house: . http://www.irbnet.de/daten/iconda/CIB5365.pdf
Mangat, P., & O'Flaherty, F. (1996). Long term performance of sprayed concrete repair in highway structures. In Austin, S.A. (Ed.) Sprayed concrete technology : the proceedings of the ACI/SCA International Conference on Sprayed Concrete/Shotcrete, "Sprayed concrete technology for the 21st century" held at Edinburgh University Edinburgh University: E & FN Spon
Theses / Dissertations
Nguyen, C.V. (2014). Dual function carbon fibre reinforced anode system for concrete structures. (Doctoral thesis) Supervised by Mangat, P., Lambert, P., & O'Flaherty, F.
Green, L.F. (2005). Development of an expert system for reinforced concrete bridge repair. (Doctoral thesis) Supervised by Mangat, P., & O'Flaherty, F.
O'Flaherty, F., & Kirrane, J. (2013). Impact of Decent Homes upgrade on the performance of a district heating system. Presented at: Young OR conference of the Operational Research Society on "Infrastructure", University of Exeter, 31 December 2013
Fin is a chartered engineer with a background in civil engineering. His main expertise is in the area of repair and maintenance of concrete bridges, development and evaluation of construction materials, testing and assessment of buildings and materials for energy conservation. He is a researcher and consultant in the University's Centre for Infrastructure Management which provides a professional service to the construction and infrastructure sector.