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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 

- Multi-scale modelling of concrete

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 mixture under a natural environment. Work has also been initiated to develop a new variant of ECCs with a built-in damage detection system.


Benny joined the Institute for Infrastructure and Environment at Heriot Watt University as an Assistant Professor in November 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, Japan.  He obtained his PhD from the same university and used to work under the supervision of Prof. Koichi Maekawa and Dr Kohei Nagai.  He received his BEng and MEng from Petra Christian University (Indonesia) and the Asian Institute of Technology (Thailand). 

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) and two prestigious awards from the Japan Concrete Institute (2011 & 2013), along with several others domestic awards.  

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Research Output 2008 2019

Investigating the mechanism of shear fatigue in reinforced concrete beams subjected to pulsating and moving loads using digital image correlation

Suryanto, B., Staniforth, G., Kim, J., Gebreyouhannes, E., Chijiwa, N., Fujiyama, C. & Woodward, P. K., 25 Jan 2019, MATEC Web of Conferences: Proceedings of the International Conference on Sustainable Civil Engineering Structures and Construction Materials. Vol. 258. p. 03015 03015

Research output: Chapter in Book/Report/Conference proceedingConference contribution

Open Access
Reinforced concrete
Fatigue of materials
Crack propagation

Development of engineered cementitious composites with conductive inclusions for use in self-sensing applications

Suryanto, B., Saraireh, D., Walls, S., Kim, J. & McCarter, W. J., Jul 2018, Proceedings of the Sixth International Conference on Durability of Concrete Structures. Basheer, P. A. M. (ed.). Whittles Publishing, p. 549-555

Research output: Chapter in Book/Report/Conference proceedingConference contribution

Composite materials
Acoustic impedance
Pore structure

Enhancing the out-of-plane performance of masonry walls using engineered cementitious composite

Pourfalah Bazkiani, S., Suryanto, B. & Cotsovos, D. M., 1 May 2018, In : Composites Part B: Engineering. 140, p. 108-122

Research output: Contribution to journalArticle

Composite materials
Load limits

Impedance measurements on an engineered cementitious composite: a critical evaluation of testing protocols

Suryanto, B., Takaoka, H., McCarter, W. J., Saraireh, D. & Taha, H. M., Dec 2018, In : Measurement. 129, p. 445-456

Research output: Contribution to journalArticle

impedance measurement
composite materials
electrical resistivity

In-situ dynamic WetSEM imaging and electrical impedance measurements on Portland cement during early hydration

Suryanto, B., Buckman, J., McCarter, W. J. & Taha, H. M., Aug 2018, In : Materials Characterization. 142, p. 86-100 15 p.

Research output: Contribution to journalArticle

scanning electron microscopy
chemical process


Second Best Paper prize

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

Prize: Prize (including medals and awards)

Concrete construction
Composite materials