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Structures Department Structures Department

Manuel Loureiro Pipa

Manuel Loureiro Pipa
Phone: 218 443 761

Professional Situation

Senior Researcher, Head of the Structures Monitoring Unit

Academic and Scientific Degrees

  • 1994 - PhD in Civil Engineering, by the Technical University of Lisbon, with the thesis "Ductility of reinforced concrete elements subjected to cyclic and alternated actions. Influence of the mechanical characteristic of the reinforcing steel”.
  • 1980 - Graduated in Civil Engineering (Structures), by the Technical University of Lisbon.

Functions and Relevant Public Offices

Present situation

  • Member of WP 1.1.5 Management of Prestressed Concrete Bridges of the Commission 1 of fib Féderation Internationale du Béton – since 2017
  • President of Sub commission 1- Actions (SC1), of the Portuguese Technical Commission of Standardization, CT 115 – Structural Eurocodes – since 2017
  • Member of the Technical Committee TC D.3 Bridges of the World Road Association (AIPCR) – since 2016
  • Member of the board of administration of the Portuguese Journal of Structural Engineering (RPEE) – since 2016
  • Member of the Structures Specialization Commission of Order of Engineers – since 2016
  • Head of the Structures Monitoring Unit of the Structures Department of the National Laboratory for Civil Engineering (LNEC) – since 2013
  • President of the GPBE - Portuguese Group for Structural Concrete (fib National member) – since 2013
  • Portuguese Delegate to CEN/TC250 – Structural Eurocodes – since 2010
  • Member of the Portuguese Commission for Structural Eurocodes – since 2010
  • Portuguese Delegate to Eurocodes National Correspondents Group (ENC Group) of the European Commission – since 2007
  • Member of the Portuguese Commission for Cement and Concrete regulations – since 2005
  • Portuguese Delegate to fib Féderation Internationale du Béton – since 2003
  • Principal Researcher of LNEC - since 1999
  • Member of the Portuguese Technical Commission of Standardization, CT 115 – Structural Eurocodes – since 1991

Previous situation

  • Associate Professor at ULHT - Universidade Lusófona de Humanidades e Tecnologias, responsible for the Structural Concrete subject (1995-2015).
  • Vice-President of the GPBE - Portuguese Group for Structural Concrete (fib National member) (2007-2013).
  • Member of the Advisory Board of QSP-Qualidade Siderúrgica Portuguesa, Associação (2004 – 2012)
  • Member of the Commission of Coordination of the Technical Approval of Construction Products (2004 – 2014).
  • Treasurer of the GPBE - Portuguese Group for Structural Concrete (fib National member) (2003-2007).
  • Head of the Structural Behaviour Unit of the Structures Department of the National Laboratory for Civil Engineering (LNEC) – 2002-2013
  • Member of the Technical Commission for Certification of Prestressing Steel (1998 – 2014).
  • Member of the Technical Commission for Certification of Reinforcing Steel (1996 – 2014).
  • Auditor for Marca de Qualidade LNEC (1996 – 2002)..
  • Member of CT90-SC2/GT10 – Strutural Design of Tubes (1995-1999)
  • Reseach Officer of LNEC (1994 – 1999)
  • Technical Auditor of IPQ - Instituto Português da Qualidade (1992-1999).
  • Founding Partner and Technical Director of P&V-Consultoria e Projetos de Engenharia (1990-2009)
  • Member of the Portuguese Technical Commission of Standardization, CT 12 - Aços e Ferros Fundidos (1990 – 2014)
  • Secretary of the GPPE - Portuguese Group for Prestressing Concrete (FIP National member) (1988 -2003).
  • Research Assistant of LNEC (1985 - 1994)
  • Military Obligatory Service (1981 - 1982)
  • Design Engineer at ENARCO (1980 - 1988)
  • Research Trainee of LNEC (1980 - 1985)
  • Grant Holder of the Centre for Mechanics and Structural Engineering of the Technical University of Lisbon (1980)

Areas of Research / Interest

  • Behaviour of reinforces and prestressed concrete structures
  • Monitoring of structures
  • Pathology of structures
  • Structural standardization and regulations

Research and Professional Activity

At Laboratório Nacional de Engenharia Civil:

  • Scientific and technical training in the fields of Structural Analysis, Structural Safety, Structural Concrete, Structural Dynamics, Pathology, Structural Repair and Reinforcement, Experimental Analysis and Structural Monitoring
  • Experimental activity - implementation and interpretation of tests on materials and construction elements
  • Certification and Standardization activity and development at LNEC of Classification and Homologation processes of reinforcing and prestressing steel
  • Advisory activity on issues related to National and International Regulation, pathological behavior of structures and structural safety
  • Participation in the scientific activities of Féderation Internationale du Béton.
  • Participation in the planned research projects of LNEC in the field of behavior of reinforced concrete, steel and masonry structures
  • Coordination of the participation in the activities of two European research projects in the field of steel reinforcement for concrete
  • Coordination of activities leading to the publication of the Portuguese versions of the Structural Eurocodes

At Universidade Lusófona de Humanidades e Tecnologias (until 2015):

  • Responsible for the chair of Structural Concrete, of the Graduation and Master Courses in Civil Engineering, teaching theoretical, practical and laboratory classes.

As practicing engineer (until 2002):

  • Structural design of buildings (residential, office and industrial) and bridges
  • Structural design consulting
  • Quality auditor

Scientific Orientation

  • Supervision of 1 PhD Thesis and 4 Master Thesis
  • Supervision of several research fellows
  • Jury Member of 4 PhD, 8 Master
  • Innumerable scientific commissions of congresses

Relevant Publications

Author of more than 900 publications: 1 PhD thesis, 4 books or book chapters, 375 LNEC reports, 10 LNEC Specifications, 38 LNEC Homologation Documents, 345 LNEC, 60 LNEC Technical advices, over 50 papers in national and international conference proceedings, 12 papers at national and international peer-reviewed, 10 product certification procedures

Other scientific and technical Activities

  • Member of Permanent Commission 7 of Comité Euro-International du Béton (CEB) - Reinforcement - Technology and Quality Control (1988 - 1991)
  • Member of Working Group of CEB - TG3/2: Seismic Design of Concrete Structures (1991-1999).
  • Member of Working Group of CEB - TG2/2: Ductility Requirements for Structural Concrete: Reinforcement (1993-1999).
  • Member of Working Groups WG1 - Revision of ENV10080 e WG2 - Seismic Grade Steel da ECISS/TC 19/SC1 - Reinforcing Steels (1995-1998).
  • Member of Working Group of EC 2 responsible for the Portuguese versions of Eurocódigo 2: Projecto de estruturas de betão – since 2001.
  • Peer review of 4 journals.
  • Member of the Organizing Committees of innumerable scientific and technical events
  • Responsible for the organization of 6 Seminars about the Portuguese versions of the Eurocodes
  • Organizer of 5 contests for young engineers in the field of structural concrete
  • Conducted several courses and lectures in Portugal and abroad in the fields of structural pathology and concrete reinforcement.

Other Information

Senior member of Order of Engineers with the degree of Specialist in Structures.

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