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Research interests

- Nonlinear mechanics of reinforced concrete and fibre reinforced concrete

- Strain-hardening cementitious composites (e.g. engineered cementitious composites)

- The application of electrical property measurements 

- Nonlinear finite element modelling of deteriorated concrete structures

Benny has now developed an ECC mixture using materials local to the UK and focused on exploiting its potential for civil infrastructure.  Work has been initiated to investigate the self-healing performance of the material under a natural environment. A new variant of ECCs with a built-in damage detection system is also being developed.


Benny joined the Institute for Infrastructure and Environment at Heriot-Watt University as an Assistant Professor in late 2012. Prior coming to Heriot-Watt, he was a postdoctoral fellow on a Japanese Society for the Promotion of Science funded project at the University of Tokyo in Japan where he obtained his PhD, under the supervision of Prof. Koichi Maekawa and Dr Kohei Nagai.  He received his BEng from Petra Christian University in Indonesia and and MEng from the Asian Institute of Technology in Thailand, back in 2003.  He was promoted to Associate Professor in 2018.

Benny has won numerous awards for his research in concrete materials and structures, including two best paper awards from the Journal of Advanced Concrete Technology (2010 & 2012), two prestigious awards from the Japan Concrete Institute (2011 & 2013), best paper prize in 2018, along with several others domestic awards.

Benny's current research projects include the development of cementitious systems with multifunctional capabilities, the application of electrical property measurements for studying hydration processes in cementitious systems; moisture movement within the cover-zone of concrete; and durability performance of concrete structures. Other recent projects include the application of a low-cost structural health monitoring system, the modelling of deteriorated concrete structures under combined actions of mechanical loading and enviromental exposure, and the development of a remote online interrogation ssytem.


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  • Second Best Paper prize

    Suryanto, Benny (Recipient), Danah Saraireh (Recipient), Steven Walls (Recipient), Jaehwan Kim (Recipient) & William John McCarter (Recipient), 20 Jul 2018

    Prize: Prize (including medals and awards)

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