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Structures Research Group



Dr Pieter Desnerck graduated from Ghent University as a Master in Civil Engineering in 2006 and obtained his PhD Degree from the same university in 2011. His PhD research focused on the mechanical behaviour of self-compacting concrete, including bond, shear and compressive behaviour.

From 2011 till 2013, he worked part-time for industry focussing on the design and application of external reinforcement (FRP and steel) for buildings, part-time as leading member of the concrete inspection and assessment group of the Magnel Laboratory for Concrete Research (Ghent - Belgium). 

Before joining the University of Cambridge, he worked at the Center for Infrastructure Engineering Studies (CIES) of the Missouri University of Sciences and Technology (Rolla, MO – United States of America), where he assisted in the development of the new Engineering Research Laboratory and performed research into RCC (Roller-Compacted Concrete). In 2018, he was a Lecturer in Civil Engineering at Brunel University London.

Currently, Pieter holds a position as Senior Technical Manager of the Civil Engineering Building and National Research Facility for Infrastructure Sensing (NRFIS) at the University of Cambridge, UK.


  • Self-Compacting Concrete (SCC) including the mechanical properties such as bond, shear and compressive behaviour
  • Behaviour of half-joint elements
  • Concrete inspections and assessments, including NDT techniques
  • Remaining bearing capacity of reinforced concrete structures. 
  • Remaining life time predictions of RC structures.

Teaching and Supervisions


Lecturer: 4D7 Concrete Structures

Senior Technical Manager
Dr Pieter  Desnerck
Not available for consultancy