Masonry and Cementitious Materials

The focus of this group is on cementitious materials science, structural design and behaviour of Masonry, and structural efficiency of Masonry and Reinforced Concrete structures.

Concrete and cementitious material research focus is on analyzing deterioration of concrete infrastructure under combined damage mechanisms (chemical, physical and structural), developing advanced cement-based composites/concretes for sensitive construction applications and severe exposures, performance testing of concrete, and applications of information technology in cementitious materials research.

Masonry research encompasses new masonry design and existing masonry structure rehabilitation. This research includes study of materials, design and construction of masonry members and structures.  Research in new masonry design focuses on verifying and advancing various aspects of design and construction such as cold and hot weather masonry construction, determining effective modulus of elasticity, masonry firewall and effective building enclosures for load bearing and non-load bearing masonry systems. Research in existing masonry structure rehabilitation concentrates on the most effective methods and repair materials for restoration of existing masonry heritage structures such as Canadian Parliament Building.

The structural efficiency and structural optimization area focuses on discovering the most efficient path for stresses in structural members that would result in the reduction of materials and reduction of Carbon footprint of the structure. This field of research further advances the understanding of structural analysis and design to optimize the structural shape and function for a general or specific loading condition.

Professors in Concrete and Masonry Engineering:
Dr. Mohamed T. Bassuoni, P.Eng.