European Network for Durable Reinforcement and Rehabilitation Solutions

Contract Number: MC-ITN-2013-607851


Overview The Magnel Laboratory for Concrete Research (MagnelLab) of Ghent University has developed since 1930 as an important research centre for engineering structures and building materials. With a large central testing hall of about 1000 m² and numerous testing equipment, the Magnel Lab is one of the biggest laboratories internationally. The Magnel Lab has an academic staff of more than 35 professors and researchers and forms part of the Department of Structural Engineering. It also coordinates the technology transfer cluster DuraBUILDmaterials of Ghent University, which focuses on interaction with industry. Research carried out covers concrete technology, self-healing, structural integrity and behaviour, modelling and design, structural repair and monitoring. The Magnel Lab staff offers 16 courses, mainly at master level, related to concrete, materials, structures, fire and statistics. Further, it offers seminars in the framework of the Ghent University doctoral school and is partner in the international master of science in fire safety engineering (EC Erasmus Mundus). In the field of composites for construction, the Magnel Lab is strongly involved in both scientific research and pre-normative work and coordinated an intensive education programme "Design of concrete structures with fibre composite reinforcement" within the Socrates programme (2002).
People Prof. Stijn Matthys; Professor; Technology development manager DuraBUILD materials; structural concrete, FRP, damage diagnostics, rehabilitation and monitoring, fire behaviour.
Prof. Luc Taerwe; Professor, Director Magnel Laboratory, Dean of Faculty of Engineering; structural concrete, FRP, probalistic design aspects and reliability, fire behaviour.
Dr. Ir. Emmanuel Annerel; Post-doctoral research fellow; fire behaviour, damage diagnostics. Ir. Aniello Palmieri; Research Fellow; FRP strengthening, fire behaviour.
Ir. Tim Soetens; Research Fellow; Structural concrete, FRC.
Ing. Brenda Debaut; Research Engineer; FRP strengthening, self compacting concrete.
Key Research Activities

The Magnel Lab has major expertise on the field of material properties, durability and sustainability of cementitious materials, structural behaviour and design aspects of concrete structures, structural testing and material characterization. The team leads or participates in national and international scientific or pre-normative committees among which fib, RILEM and ACI. The Ghent University contribution to this project will be managed by Prof. Stijn Matthys. His major expertise is in the field of structural strengthening of structures and composites for construction, as well as in technology transfer of building materials and techniques. He is convenor of fib Task Group 9.3 on FRP reinforcement for concrete structures. He has received best paper award from ASCE J Composites in Construction and is holder of the SECO Magnel Prize (2003).