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Biography

Vahid works as a Research Associate in the Resilient Materials 4 Life (RM4L) project with an aim to develop and characterize resilient multifunctional cementitious composites with the ability to self-diagnose damages and self-repair themselves when damages occur.

Before joining the University of Cambridge, Vahid worked as a Postdoctoral Fellow in Department of Civil & Mineral Engineering at University of Toronto, where investigated the properties of concrete weight coating to understand its performance including crack development. Vahid completed his PhD degree with honour at Politecnico di Milano University, Italy in March 2018. During his PhD study, he established collaboration with national and international universities and had the privilege to work at Prof. Paulo Monteiro’s research group at UC, Berkeley. Prior to his PhD study, Vahid worked as a research associate at Nanyang Technological University, Singapore on the project of “Underwater Infrastructures & Underwater City of the Future”.

Vahid’s research in the past 10 years has focused on concrete technology with a particular focus on fiber-reinforced concrete (FRC) and sustainable construction materials, beginning with development and characterization of FRC but with a current primary focus on development of smart multifunctional cementitious composites. Vahid research interests are including but not limited to smart infrastructure materials, fiber-reinforced concrete, concrete durability, innovative binders, and reuse of waste in construction materials.

Research

Self-sensing self-healing cementitious composite

High performance fiber-reinforced concrete

Calcium sulfoaluminate cement-based concrete

Concrete durability

Sustainable construction materials

Publications

Key publications: 

 

Peer-Reviewed Journal Papers:

 

  1. Afroughsabet, V., Biolzi, L., Monteiro, P. J. M., Gastaldi, M. M., (2021) “Investigation of the Mechanical and Durability Properties of Sustainable Concrete Based on Calcium Sulfoaluminate Cement.” Journal of Building Engineering43, 102656.

 

  1. Afroughsabet, V., Zhao, P., Peterson, K., Shvarzman, A., Gitarts, A., (2021) “Evaluation of Mortar Produced with Boiler Blowdown Brine.” Journal of Construction and Building Materials, 278, 122459.

 

  1. Afroughsabet, V., Teng, S., (2020) “Experiments on drying shrinkage and creep of high performance hybrid-fiber-reinforced concrete.” Journal of Cement and Concrete Composites, 106, 103481.

 

  1. Biolzi, L., Cattaneo, S., Guerrini, G., & Afroughsabet, V. (2020). Sustainable Concretes for Structural Applications. In Regeneration of the Built Environment from a Circular Economy Perspective (pp. 249-261). Springer, Cham.

 

  1. Afroughsabet, V., Biolzi, L., Cattaneo, S., (2019) “Evaluation of engineering properties of calcium sulfoaluminate cement-based concretes reinforced with different types of fibers.” Journal of Materials, 12(13), 2151.

 

  1. Afroughsabet, V., Guoqing, G., Lin, Alexander., Biolzi, L., Ostertag, C. P., Monteiro, P. J. M., (2019) “The influence of expansive cement on the mechanical, physical, and microstructural properties of hybrid-fiber-reinforced concrete.” Journal of Cement and Concrete Composites, 96, 21-32.

 

  1. Teng, S., Afroughsabet, V., Ostertag, C., (2018) “Flexural behavior and durability properties of high performance hybrid-fiber-reinforced concrete.” Journal of Construction and Building Materials, 182, 504-515.

 

  1. Afroughsabet, V., Biolzi, L., Monteiro, P. J. M., (2018) “The effect of steel and polypropylene fibers on the chloride diffusivity and drying shrinkage of high-strength concrete.” Journal of Composite Part B: Engineering, 139, 84-96.

 

  1. Afroughsabet, V., Biolzi, L., Ozbakkaloglu, T., (2017) “Influence of double hooked-end steel fibers and slag on mechanical and durability properties of high performance recycled aggregate concrete.” Journal of Composite Structures, 181, 273-284.

 

  1. Afroughsabet, V., Biolzi, L., Ozbakkaloglu, T., (2016) “High-performance fiber-reinforced concrete: a review.” Journal of Materials Science, 51(14), 6517-6551.

 

  1. Afroughsabet, V., Ozbakkaloglu, T., (2015) “Mechanical and durability properties of high-strength concrete containing steel and polypropylene fibers.” Journal of Construction and Building Materials, 94, 73-82.

 

  1. Nili, M., Afroughsabet, V., (2012) “Property assessment of steel fiber-reinforced concrete made with silica fume.” Journal of Construction and Building Materials, 28(1), 664-669.

 

  1. Nili, M., Afroughsabet, V., (2012) “The long-term compressive strength and durability properties of silica fume fiber-reinforced concrete.” Journal of Material Science and Engineering (A), 531, 107-111.

 

  1. Alavi Nia, A., Hedayatian, M., Nili, M., Afroughsabet, V., (2010) “An experimental and numerical study on how steel and polypropylene fibers affect the impact resistance in fiber-reinforced concrete.” International Journal of Impact Engineering, 2012, 46, 62-73.

 

  1. Nili, M., Afroughsabet, V., (2010) “The effects of silica fume and polypropylene fibers on the impact resistance and mechanical properties of concrete.” Journal of Construction and Building Materials, 24(6), 927-933.

 

  1. Nili, M., Afroughsabet, V., (2010) “Combined effects of silica fume and steel fibers on the impact resistance and mechanical properties of concrete.” International Journal of Impact Engineering, 2010, 37(8), 879-886.

 

Conference Papers:

 

  1. Sherzer, G. L., Fadakar, Y. A., Zhao, P., Afroughsabet, V., Coutinho, N., Shah, S., Peterson, K., & Grasselli, G. (2020, March 31). Comparison and Linking Between LDPM and FDEM Modeling for Fracturing in Concrete. 15th Pipeline Technology Conference, Berlin, Germany.

 

  1. Afroughsabet, V., Cattaneo, S., Guerrini, G.L., Tortelli, S., (2018) “The effect of calcium sulfoaluminate cement on the engineering properties of high performance concretes with and without fibers.” Proc. of Italian Concrete Days 2018, June 13-15, Milan, Italy.

 

  1. Faramarzi zarini, A., Nili, M., Afroughsabet, V., (2015) “The effect of increased mass of dropped hammer on the impact resistance of concrete reinforced with steel fibers.” Second National Congress of Applied Research on Civil, Architecture & Urban Management, March 4-6, Tehran, Iran.

 

  1. Faramarzi zarini, A., Nili, M., Afroughsabet, V., Khodadi, K., (2014) “The effect of increased mass of dropped hammer on the impact resistance of concrete containing steel fibers and silica fume.” Second International Congress on Structure, Architecture & Urban Development, December 16-18, Tabriz, Iran.

 

  1. Nili, M., Zolfaghari Sadegh E., Afroughsabet, V., (2013) “The effect of aggressive environment on the mechanical behavior of concrete strengthened with FRP sheets.” Proc. of the 11th International Symposiam of Fiber Reinforced Concrete Structures (FRPRCS-11), Guimarães, Portugal, June 26-28, 2013.

 

  1. Afroughsabet, V., Nili, M., (2011) “The effect of silica fume and polypropylene fibers on the water absorption capacity of concrete.” First International Conference on Non Osmosis Concrete, Guilan, Iran.

 

  1. Nili, M., Afroughsabet, V., (2009) “The effects of silica fume and polypropylene fibers on impact resistance and mechanical properties of concrete.” Proc. Ninth ACI International Conference on Superplasticizers and Other Chemical Admixtures in Concrete, Seville, Spain, pp. 545-560.
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