Honorary President

Z. P. Bažant (2004-)

Board of Directors (2013-2016)

Position Members
President-Chair V. Saouma
Past-President J. van Mier
President Elect --
Secretary G. Ruiz
Treasurer GL Cusatis

Gianluca Cusatis

Is a faculty member of the CEE Department at Northwestern University that he joined in August 2011. Previously, he worked at Rensselaer Polytechnic Institute for six years (2005-2011). He teaches undergraduate and graduate courses of the civil engineering curriculum. In the last fifteen years, he has been working in the field of computational and applied mechanics, with emphasis on heterogeneous and quasi-brittle materials, concrete and reinforced concrete modeling.

Gianluca's alma mater is the Politecnico di Milano (Milan, Italy) where he worked in the research group of Prof. Luigi Cedolin. He obtained his "Laurea" degree in 1998, with a thesis on the viscoelastic behavior of concrete subjected to variable temperature and humidity, and his PhD degree in 2002, with a dissertation dealing with mesoscale modeling of concrete.

He is member of IA-FramCoS, ASCE, ACI, and USACM and active in several technical committees. He chairs the ACI 446 committee on Fracture Mechanics where he is leading an effort to develop practical guidelines for the calibration and validation of concrete models. web site

Gonzalo Ruiz

Is a Professor of Materials Science and Applied Mechanics at the Civil Engineering School of the University of Castilla-La Mancha (UCLM) in Ciudad Real, Spain. He got his Ph.D. in the Polytechnic University of Madrid (UPM), under the supervision of Manuel Elices and Jaime Planas; he obtained the award to the Best Ph.D. Dissertation in UPM. Before joining UCLM he did a research stay with Michael Ortiz in Caltech, USA. Organizer and Chair of the Local Org. Committee of FraMCoS-8.

He leads the group of Solid Mechanics -Experimental and Computational- at UCLM. His research focuses on the mechanical properties of civil engineering materials, mainly concrete and reinforced concrete. He is currently working on the analysis of the nucleation and propagation of fracture processes in fiber reinforced concrete by means of experimental and numerical techniques. Another of his present research projects deals with the characterization of the fatigue life of high performance concrete at several frequencies. web site

Victor Saouma

is a Professor at the University of Colorado in Boulder. He has multiple areas of research interests: fracture mechanics, deterioration of concrete, numerical modeling of concrete dams and nuclear reactors, real time hybrid simulation, innovative testing procedures.

His research has been primarily funded by industry, the Electric Power Research Institute (EPRI), and then the Tokyo Electric Power Company (TEPCO) through which he developed over more than 20 years a finite element code Merlin. He has taught (and had research collaboration) with France, Switzerland, Spain, Italy, and Japan.

He has been a consultant on the nonlinear dynamic analysis of very high arch dams in seismic zones, on the fracture mechanics analysis of the delamination of a nuclear power plant, on the prognosis for a massive reinforced concrete structures suffering from AAR, and most recently on the development of Performance based Earthquake Engineering for concrete dams abroad.

Jan van Mier

navigation Has been involved for more than 30 years in research of fracture of concrete and rock, as professor at Delft University of Technology and the Swiss Federal Institute of Technology in Zurich (ETH Zurich). Focus has been on elucidating the physical nature of softening, the salient characteristic of concrete fracture. Innovative experiments under a variety of loading histories (uniaxial tension, uniaxial compression, multi-axial states of stress) have been instrumental in showing localization of deformations under uniaxial compression (for which I received the 1986 RILEM Robert l'Hermite medal), and have revealed macro-crack growth and crack face bridging as the most important mechanisms explaining the shape of the softening curve. Recently my focus has shifted towards fibre reinforced cementitious materials and the development of a new lattice model based on multi-scale interaction potentials. In my new (2013) book with CRC Press/Taylor & Francis, entitled Concrete Fracture - A Multi-scale Approach an overview of my work can be found.

Board of Advisors

Carmen Andrade

Jan Cervenka

Jan Cervenka is one of the key partners in Cervenka Consulting, where he is involved in the development of ATENA software and various consulting and research projects in the area of computational modeling of reinforced concrete structures. He received his Ph.D. at the University of Colorado in Boulder in U.S.A. He actively applies fracture mechanics of concrete in many consulting projects for international clients such: U.S. Army Corps of Engineers, Ishikawa Harima Heavy Industries, AREVA, Hochtief, Larsson & Toubro and many other.

J. M. Chandra Kishen

Is a Professor in the Department of Civil Engineering at the Indian Institute of Science in Bangalore, India. He joined this institute after obtaining his Ph.D. degree from the University of Colorado, Boulder, USA in the year 1996. Currently, he is involved in analytical and experimental research on the fatigue behavior of quasi-brittle cementitious materials. His experimental research is focused on studies related to the rate of crack propagation in concrete (plain and reinforced) and cold-jointed cementitious interfaces using advanced techniques including digital image analysis, micro-indentation, scanning electron microscopy and acoustic emission. This is complimented by analytical studies related to crack propagation and size effects from first principles through dimensional analysis and scaling laws. Furthermore, the measures of damage indicators during the propagation of fatigue cracks are studied using principles of thermodynamics. He is also involved in field assessment of safety of railway bridges.

Xiaozhi Hu

was awarded PhD from the University of Sydney in 1989, and did his Postdoc research at ETH-Zurich between 1988 and 1989. He jointed the University of Western Australia in 1992 and now Winthrop Professor in Applied Mechanics and Advanced Materials (

XZH's main research interests at the University of Western Australia cover Fracture Mechanics modeling and fracture of materials, including the following topics:

  • Size effect on concrete fracture, based on the local fracture energy concept and boundary influence or boundary effect, initiated by XZH,
  • Contact damage in layered ceramics, and indentation modeling,
  • Design and processing of delamination-resistant carbon-fiber composites using low-density interleave tissue made from short aramid fibers,
  • Design and processing of load-bearing and fracture-resistant bio-ceramic scaffolds,
  • fatigue in welded metals.

Viktor Mechtcherine

Viktor Mechtcherine is Professor of Construction Materials and Director of the Institute of Construction Materials at the Technical University Dresden, Germany. Before that he was Professor at the TU Kaiserslautern (2003-2006) and Chief Research Engineer with the Institute of Reinforced Concrete Structures and Building materials at the Karlsruhe Institute of Technology - KIT (1998-2003). Having started with "classical" fracture mechanics of concrete (first project was "Formation and propagation of cracks under sudden thermal changes"), now he uses the fracture mechanical approaches also for developing new fibre-reinforced cement-based materials as well as a tool for the understanding the mechanisms of concrete deterioration. His other research interests include concrete technology and new additives

Masayasu Ohtsu

is a professor at the Graduate School of Science and Technology, Kumamoto University, Kumamoto 860-8555, Japan. Currently, he is a chairman of Technical committee in RILE: TC239-MCM "On-site measurement of concrete and masonry structures by visualized NDT". He is also an associate member of Committee 228 on nondestructive testing of concrete in ACI. He has been studying the applications of AE techniques to concrete engineering for more than 20 years.

Frederic Ragueneau

40 years old and Professor of Civil Engineering at Ecole Normale Superieure de Cachan (ENS-Cachan), France, Frederic Ragueneau is the head of the Civil Engineering Department of ENS-Cachan since 4 years (Teaching then Research). Involved in the development of material thermodynamics models for quasi-brittle materials such as concrete, the use of continuum damage mechanics has been emphasized thanks to different application:
  • Cyclic ans seismic response of concrete and reinforced concrete structures
  • Steel-concrete interface degradation due to coupled action: mechanics and corrosion
  • hybrid simulation for pseudo-dynamics tests accounting for damaging degradation
  • Discrete element post-treatment of numerical damage fields for cracks openings determination

Gideon van Zijl

Fracture of masonry and concrete, and more recently fibre concrete has been at the core of my research over the past two decades. My PhD-research on computational modelling of masonry creep and shrinkage at Delft University of Technology in the period 1995-1999 culminated in cracking rate dependence as physical rationale for regularization of fracture modelling in masonry and concrete. Modelling this phenomenon also captures creep fracture. My more recent interest in fibre concrete, pursued with my research team at the Department of Civil Engineering at Stellenbosch University, South Africa, continues to explore time-dependent processes of the various mechanisms involved in these heterogeneous cement-based composites. Time-dependent fibre pull-out and its role in composite fracture remains a central focus in related studies on deterioration processes in fibre concrete, including strain softening and pseudo strain hardening fibre cement-based composites.

Conference organizers

FraMCoS-9 USA V. Saouma J. Bolander E. Landis
FraMCoS-8 Toledo, Spain J.G.M. van Mier C. Andrade G. Ruiz

John Bolander

Is a professor within the Department of Civil and Environmental Engineering at the University of California, Davis. He received his Ph.D. degree in civil engineering from the University of Michigan, Ann Arbor, in 1989. He belonged to the faculty of engineering at Kyushu University, Japan, for five years prior to arriving at UC Davis in 1994. He received the Outstanding Faculty Teaching Award from the College of Engineering in 2006. Bolander has served as the chief editor of the international journal Cement and Concrete Composites for the period of 2006-2012. He received fellowship awards for computational mechanics research from the Japan Society for the Promotion of Science in 1997 and 2008. Bolander’s research and teaching interests involve the effective use of high-performance materials within the civil infrastructure, with emphasis on the life-cycle performance of concrete materials and structures. Web page

Eric Landis

Is the Frank M. Taylor Professor of Civil Engineering at the University of Maine, where his research interests are in experimental mechanics and fracture. He also dabbles in computational modeling, biomimetics, burrowing marine invertebrates, and other things he should probably keep his nose out of. He has particular expertise in x-ray computed tomography, 3D image analysis, and quantitative acoustic emission techniques. He has published numerous scientific papers on the fracture of concrete, wood, and FRP composite materials. Prior to his academic career he spent several years in the civil engineering consulting field. He did his undergraduate studies at the University of Wisconsin, and he earned a PhD in Civil Engineering at Northwestern University. At UMaine he has been honored for both his teaching and research. He is a licensed Professional Engineer in Maine. Web page