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Concrete Materials

The Concrete Materials Research Group is involved in the study of all properties of concrete from the nanoscale to full size, both in the lab and in the real world.

Current areas of research focus on the development and application of models for predicting the service life and life-cycle costs of reinforced concrete structures.  Research also examines development and application of test methods to evaluate permeability, development and evaluation of multi-component cementitious systems for use in a wide range of severe exposures.

Our group actively participates in the development of CSA, OPSS, ASTM, ACI, AASHTO, and RILEM standards. Our modern facilities can prepare and test chemical, mineralogical, physical, and durability properties of concretes and their constituent materials.

 NameJob Title & DutiesContact Details
hooton_small_1412583Hooton, DouglasProfessor
  • Building Engineering
  • NSERC/CAC Senior Industrial Research Chair in Concrete Durability and Sustainability
  • Concrete Materials
  • Sustainable Infrastructure
Office: GB 230
(416) 978-5912
Daman PanesarPanesar, DamanAssociate Professor
  • Building Engineering
  • Concrete Materials
Office: GB 323
(416) 946-5712
Perebatova, OlgaConcrete Materials Research AssistantOffice: GB 319J
(416) 946-5496
Karl PetersonPeterson, KarlAssistant Professor
  • Building Engineering
  • Concrete Materials
Office: GB 326
(416) 978-4589


Selected PhD Theses

  • McGrath, P.F. (1996) “Development of test methods for predicting chloride penetration into high performance concrete.”
  • El-Dieb, A.S. (1994) “Permeation of fluids through high performance concrete.”
  • H. Zibara (2001), “Binding of External Chlorides by Cement Pastes” (with M.D.A. Thomas)
  • R. Bleszynski (2002), “Mitigation of ASR with Slag-Silica Fume Ternary Systems”,(with M.D.A. Thomas)
  • K. Stanish (2002), “Rapid Assessment of Chloride Resistance” (with M.D.A. Thomas)
  • T. Ramlochan (2003), “Temperature Tolerant, High Early Strength Cement Systems” (with M.D.A. Thomas)
  • M.R. Nokken (2004), “Early Age Development of Transport Properties in Concrete”
  • G. Julio Betancourt (Current),“Effects of De-Icers on Concrete Salts on Concrete”
  • D. Qi (2004), “Cemented Pressure Treated Wood Wastes” (with P. Cooper, Forestry)
  • O. S. Khanna (Current), “Utilization of Cement Kiln Dust”
  • J.H.P. Phillips (1993), “The Effects of Corrosion on the Structural Performance of New and Repaired One-Way Slabs”


Selected MASc Theses

  • Hong, K. (1998) “Cyclic wetting and drying and its effects on chloride ingress in concrete.”
  • Evans, A. (1997) “The optimum sulphate content in portland cement.”
  • Stanish, K. (1997) “Corrosion effects on bond strength in reinforced concrete.”
  • Pun, P.C.H. (1997) “Influence of silica fume on chloride resistance of concrete.”
  • DeSouza, S.J. (1996) “Test methods for the evaluation of the durability of covercrete.”
  • Boyd, A.J. (1995) “Salt scaling resistance of concrete contanining slag and fly ash.”
  • Halamickova, P. (1993) “The influence of sand content on the microstructure development and transport properties of mortar.”
  • M. Titherington (1998),  “Effects of Steam Curing on Chloride Diffusion Properties of Concretes”
  • E. Furtado (1999), “Cement-Admixture Interactions”
  • A. Boddy (2000), “Effect of Product Form of Silica Fume on its Ability to Control Alkali-Aggregate Reaction” (with M. Thomas)
  • J. Pontarollo (2000), “Environmental Life-Cycle Costing of Pavements” (with P. Byer)
  • O. Garces Rodriques (2001), “Influence of Cracks on Chloride Ingress into Concrete”
  • P. Zacarias (2002), “Effects of Fly Ash on Delayed Ettringite Formation” (with M. Thomas)
  • Gustavo Julio-Betancourt (2002), “Effects of Testing Conditions on Chloride Diffusion Measurements”
  • A. Smith (2002), “Sulphate Resistance of Ternary Systems”
  • My Phuong Ha (2003), “Quantification of Curing Effects on Chloride Ingress”
  • H. Lam (2005), “Autogenous and Early-Age Shrinkage Crack Resistance of Concrete”
  • M.E. Robbins, (Current), “Early-Age Thermal Stresses and Cracking in Concrete”
  • A. M. Gonzales, (Current), “Chemical Shrinkage Testing”
  • P. McGrath (1989), “The Influence of Self-Desiccation on Concrete Durability”
  • I. Pashutinski (1990), “Mechanisms Responsible for the Sulphate Resistance of Concretes Containing Supplementary Cementing Materials”
  • W. Elias (1991), “Effects of Corrosion on Flexural Capacity and Bond of  Reinforced Concrete”
  • R. Bin-Ahmad (1991),   “Evaluation of Rates of Absorption Tests for Estimating the Permeability of Concrete”
  • Fu Yan (1992), “Design of Expansive Cement Concretes” (with S.A. Sheikh)
  • R. Herman (1993), “Concrete Surface Treatments: New Methods for Testing Silane and Siloxane Sealers”


Selected MEng Projects

  • T. Sanguliano (1993), “Influence of Curing on Properties of Concretes with Supplementary Cementing Materials”
  • G.B. Chiarelli (1994), “Measurement of Relative Humidity and in Concrete and Its Commercial Application”
  • D. Wannamaker (1996), “Evaluation of Alternative Concretes for Water Retaining Structures”
  • R. Donatelli (2005), “Strength and Durability Properties of Self-Consolidating Concrete”