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Department of Engineering

Dr Pieter Desnerck


Pieter Desnerck

Senior Research Associate

Academic Division: Civil Engineering

Research group: Structures

Telephone: +44 1223 3 32673



Research interests

  • 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 activity

  • Demonstrator: 1A Structural Design
  • Assitant: 1B Integrated Coursework
  • Assistant: 4D7 Concrete Structures


Pieter 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) providing services to industry.  

In May 2013 he joined 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).

He has been a member of the organizing committee of the 5th International RILEM conference on SCC (2007, Ghent - Belgium) and the 6thInternational RILEM conference on SCC (2010, Montreal - Canada). Besides that he was member of the scientific committee of several international conferences and symposia.

Currently Pieter holds a position as Research Associate at the University of Cambridge, UK and Post-Doctoral Researcher at the Magnel Laboratory for Concrete Research, Ghent University, Belgium. His research at the University of Cambridge is funded by the Engineering Physical Sciences & Research Council and focusses on the assessment of existing half-joint structures (with an emphasis on bridge details). 

Department role and responsibilities

Pieter is the current Chair of the Engineering Department Postdoc Committee ( and Vice-Chair of the Departmental Postdoc Committee Chair Network ( He respresents postdocs in the Athena Swan SAT of CUED and in the Operations Committee of the department.