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Dr Mihaela Anca Ciupala

Senior Lecturer

  • EB 1.72, Docklands Campus
    School of Architecture Computing and Engineering (ACE)
    University of East London
    4-6 University Way
    London
    E16 2RD
  • m.a.ciupala@uel.ac.uk +442082232528
    Dr Mihaela Anca Ciupala is a Senior Lecturer in Civil Engineering with the School of Architecture, Computing and Engineering
      
    She obtained her MEng degree in Civil Engineering in 1991 and her doctoral degree in Earthquake Engineering and Safety of Structures in 1999 from the Technical University “Gh. Asachi” Iasi, Romania. After spending 10 years in the industry and academia in Romania, she was awarded an EU Marie Curie Research Fellowship (FP5) at the University of Sheffield (2001-2003). She joined the University of East London as a Senior Lecturer in Civil Engineering in 2003.

    Dr Ciupala holds an MBA in General Management from the University of East London since 2009. Her MBA dissertation was on the “Business Case of Sustainability in the Construction Industry: A Case Study”.

    She is an European Engineer (Eur Ing) with the European Federation of National Engineering Association (FEANI), Brussels, since 2008 and a Fellow of the Higher Education Academy, UK since 2009. She holds a PgCert in Learning and Teaching in Higher Education since 2005.

    Dr Ciupala’s research interest is in the fields of Structural Engineering and Sustainability in the Built Environment. She participated in research grants and industrial contracts/consultancy.


    Overview




    RESEARCH carried out in two main areas:

    Structural Engineering: Fibre Reinforced Polymer (FRP) confinement and its use in the seismic retrofitting of concrete buildings, base isolation of buildings, energy dissipation in buildings Sustainability in the Built Environment: sustainable design and construction of buildings, green roofs, occupant behaviour in energy efficient retrofitted buildings, waste as a resource in construction


    Co-authored more than 40 peer reviewed journal and conference papers
    Active member of the Sustainability Research Institute (SRI), UEL, conducting research on the environmental and economical aspects of sustainability
    Serves as a reviewer for Bulletin of Earthquake Engineering, Construction and Building Materials, Slovak Journal of Civil Engineering, Journal of Vibration and Control, Environmental Engineering and Management Journal
    Expert Evaluator and Rapporteur for EU research proposals, Brussels, 2012-2015
    Member of “COST Action TU1207” European research network on the development of the Next Generation Design Guidelines for Composites in Construction, 2015



    Research grants and Industrial consultancy

    Seismic Engineering Research Infrastructures for European Strategies (SERIES),
    EU FP7, 2010-2012
    Project title: Seismic strengthening of deficient RC buildings using ductile post-tensioned metal strips (BANDIT)

    Structural Design Manager (Industrial Secondment), Canary Wharf Contractors Ltd, the construction arm of Canary Wharf Group plc, London, 2007-2008

    EU Marie Curie Research Fellowship, EU FP5 (University of Sheffield), Advanced Composites in Strengthening Reinforced Concrete Columns, 2001-2003;

    PhD SUPERVISION, as Director of Studies or Co-supervisor:

    Completed – research on:
    - Hygrothermal performance of hemp based thermal insulation materials in the UK
    (2013)
    - Novel uses of vegetable oil in asphalt mixtures (2011)
    - Influence of macro and micro structure on static and dynamic characteristics of peat soil
    (2011)
    - Moisture movement in prehydrated geosynthetic clay liners (GCLs)
    (2008)

    Ongoing – research on:

    - The relationship between post occupancy behaviour and energy efficiency in retrofitted residential
    buildings
    - The sustainable design of green roofs in relation to their hydrological performance (collaboration with the Sustainability Research Institute, UEL)
    - A novel application for residual wastes in the production of lightweight aggregates (collaboration with the Sustainability Research Institute, UEL)
    - The use of waste paper ash for the production of lightweight aggregates using pelletisation (collaboration with the Sustainability Research Institute, UEL)

    Interested in supervising PhD students in the following research areas:
    -resilience of buildings and people to natural disasters (earthquakes)
    - seismic retrofitting of RC buildings using Fibre Reinforced Polymer (FRP) composite materials
    - sustainable design of green roofs in relation to their hydrological performance
    - sustainability in the Built Environment





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    Research

     SELECTED PUBLICATIONS:

    ·         Loh, E.W.K., Wijeyesekera, D.C., Ciupala, M.A. (2017) A new method for estimating the moisture content and flexibility of polymerised bentonite clay mat, Journal of Engineering Science and Technology, Taylor’s University, School of Engineering, Malaysia, 12(8), in press, ISSN: 1823-4690

    ·         Assadi-Langroudi, A., O’Hara-Dhand, K., Smalley, I., Ciupala, M.A., Theron, E. (2016) Stiffness degradation patterns in loess: lessons for building the High Speed rail 2 on Undisturbed Devensian loams; Serbian Academy of Sciences and Arts, University of Novi Sad,  "Loess2M modelling & mapping" conference proceedings, pp2

    ·         Loh, E.W.K., Wijeyesekera, D.C., Ciupala, M.A. (2016) Moisture desorption studies on polymer hydrated and vacuum extruded bentonite clay mat; Journal of Heat Transfer, vol. 138, issue 12, The American Society of Mechanical Engineers (ASME), ISSN: 

    0022-1481, doi: 10.1115/1.4034150; http://heattransfer.asmedigitalcollection.asme.org/article.aspx?articleid=2534530

    ·         Latif, E., Tucker, S., Ciupala, M.A., Wijeyesekera, D.C., Newport, D., Pruteanu, M. (2016) Quasi steady state and dynamic hygrothermal performance of fibrous Hemp and Stone Wool insulations: Two innovative laboratory based investigations, Building and Environment, vol. 95, 391–404, Elsevier, ISSN: 0360-1323; doi:10.1016/j.buildenv.2015.10.006;

    ·         Garcia, R., Pilakoutas, K.,  Hajirasouliha, I., Guadagnini, M., Kyriakides, N., Ciupala, M.A. (2015) Seismic retrofitting of RC buildings using CFRP and post-tensioned metal strips: shake table tests, Bulletin of Earthquake Engineering, pp. 1-27, Springer, ISSN: 1573-1456

    ·         Latif, E., Ciupala, M.A., Tucker, S., Wijeyesekera, D.C., Newport, D. (2015) Hygrothermal performance of wood-hemp insulation in timber frame wall panels with and without a vapour barrier , Building and Environment, vol. 92, 122-134, Elsevier, ISSN: 0360-1323; doi:10.1016/j.buildenv.2015.04.025

    ·         Nash, C., Clough, J., Gedge, D., Newport, D., Ciupala, M.A., Connop, S. (2015) Initial insights on the biodiversity potential of biosolar roofs: A London Olympic Park green roof case study, Israel Journal of Ecology & Evolution, Taylor & Francis, ISSN: 2224-4662;http://www.tandfonline.com/doi/pdf/10.1080/15659801.2015.1045791

    ·         Latif, E., Ciupala, M.A., Wijeyesekera, D.C. (2014) The comparative in situ hygrothermal performance of hemp and stone wool insulations in vapour open timber frame wall panels, Construction and Building Materials, vol. 73, 205-213. Elsevier, ISSN: 0950-0618


    ·          Latif, E.,Tucker, S., Ciupala, M.A., Wijeyesekera, D.C., Newport, D. (2014) Hygric properties of hemp bio-insulations with differing compositions, Construction and Building Materials, vol. 66, 702-711. Elsevier, ISSN: 0950-0618


    ·         Garcia, R., Hajirasouliha, I., Guadagnini, M., Helal, Y., Jemaa, Y., Pilakoutas, K., Mongabure, P., Chrysostomou, C., Kyriakides, N., Ilki, A., Budescu, M., Taranu, N., Ciupala, M.A., Torres, L., Saiidi, M. (2014) Full scale shaking table tests on a standard RC building repaired and strengthened with post-tensioned metal straps. Journal of Earthquake Engineering, Vol. 18(2), 187-213. Taylor and Francis, ISSN 1363-2469,  doi: 10.1080/13632469.2013.847874 (published on line 4 Oct 2013)


    ·          Garcia, R., Hajirasouliha, I., Pilakoutas, K., Helal, Y., Jemaa, Y., Guadagnini, M., Petkovski, M., Mongabure, P., Ciupala, M.A., Kyriakides, N., Chrysostomou, C., Ilki, A., Saiidi, M. S., Torres, L., Taranu, N., Budescu, M. (2013)  Chapter 11 - Shake table tests on deficient RC buildings strengthened using post-tensioned metal straps, seismic evaluation and rehabilitation of structures , Geotechnical, Geological and Earthquake Engineering, Vol. 26(11) 187-202. Springer, ISBN 978-3-319-0045


    ·          Wijeyesekera, D.C., Loh, E.W., Diman, S.F., Lim, A.J., Zainorabidin, A.B. and Ciupala, M. A. (2012) Sustainability study of the application of geosynthetic clay liners in hostile and aggressive environments, OIDA Ontario International Development Agency (OIDA) International Journal of Sustainable Development, 7(5) Ontario International, ISSN: 1923-6654


    ·          Olariu, C.P, Ciupala, M.A., Wijeyesekera, D.C. (2011) Experimental study on the seismic wave propagation in geo-materials, Proceedings of AC&T Conference “Advances in Computing and Technology”, SCOT, University of East London, pp 7-14, ISBN 978-0-9564747-1-1


    ·          Latif, E., Pruteanu, M., Rhydwen, G.R., Wijeyesekera, D.C., Tucker, S., Ciupala, M.A. (2011) Thermalconductivity of building materials: an overview of its determination, Proceedings of AC&T Conference “Advances in Computing and Technology”, SCOT, University of East London, pp 15-22, ISBN 978-0-9564747-1-1


    ·          Papastergiou,  P., Pilakoutas, K., Ciupala, M.A., Chaudat, T. (2008) Enhancement of RC column and joint resistance by using CFRP strengthening”, Advanced Composites in Construction Conference (ACIC 2009), Edinburgh, Scotland


    ·          Ciupala, M.A., Pilakoutas, K., Mortazavi, A.A. (2008) Externally confined concrete columns using FRP tubes”, Proceedings of AC&T Conference “Advances in Computing and Technology”, SCOT, University of East London, pp 14-21, ISBN-10, 0-9550008-5-8


    ·          Ciupala, M.A., Pilakoutas, K., Mortazavi, A.A. (2007) Effectiveness of FRP composites in confined concrete, 8th International Symposium on Fiber-Reinforced Polymer Reinforcement for Concrete Structures (FRPRSC-8), University of Patras, Greece


    ·          Ciupala, M.A., Pilakoutas, K., Mortazavi, A.A. (2007) Behaviour of concrete externally confined by FRP and steel tubes, Advanced Composites in Construction Conference (ACIC 2007), University of Bath, UK


    ·          Chaudat, T., Pilakoutas, K., Papastergiou, P., Ciupala, M.A. (2006) Shaking table tests on RC retroffited frame with FRP, 1st European Conference on Earthquake and Seismology, Geneva, Switzerland, Paper no. 996


    ·          Ciupala, M.A., Pilakoutas, K., Mortazavi, A.A., Taranu, N. (2004) RC Column lateral prestressing with composites, Proceedings International Conference on Advanced Polymer Composites for Structural Applications in Construction (ACIC 2004), Guildford, UK, pp 195-202, ISBN 1-85573-736-1


    ·          Ciupala, M.A., Pilakoutas, K., Waldron, P. (2003) Repair and strengthening of RC members by external lateral tensioning, International Conference on Earthquake Engineering to Mark 40 Years from the Catastrophic 1963 Skopje Earthquake and Successful City Reconstruction, SE-40EEE Skopje Earthquake 40 Years of European Earthquake Engineering, Skopje & Orhid, Republic of Macedonia


    ·          Ciupala, M.A., Pilakoutas, K. (2003) FRP Seismic Strengthening of Columns in Frames.  6th International Symposium on Fibre-Reinforced Polymer (FRP) Reinforcement for Concrete Structures (FRPRCS-6), Singapore, Edited by Kiang Hwee Tan, World Scientific, ISBN 981-238-972-5, pp. 1117-1126  Presentation


    ·         Mortazavi, A.A, Pilakoutas, K., Ciupala, M. A. (2003). Lateral Prestressing of RC Columns with FRP Jackets. 6th International Symposium on Fibre-Reinforced Polymer (FRP) Reinforcement for Concrete Structures (FRPRCS-6), Singapore,  Edited by Kiang Hwee Tan, World Scientific, ISBN 981-238-972-5, pp. 643-652 Presentation


    ·          Ciupala, M.A., Pilakoutas, K., (2003) FRP seismic strengthening of frames, Proceedings of the fib 2003 Symposium “Concrete Structures in Seismic Regions”, Athens, Greece,  published on CD, paper No. 42, abstract in Proceedings pp 364-365 Presentation


    ·          Ciupala, M.A., Budescu, M., Ciongradi, I. (2003) Experimental test of a base-isolated model, Part 2: Swinging bearings, Buletinul Institutului Politehnic Iasi, sectia VI, Constructii si Arhitectura, Tom XLIX (LIII) fasc 1-2, pg 23-29, ISSN 1224-3884, Romania


    ·          Ciupala, M.A., Budescu, M., Ciongradi, I. (2003) Experimental test of a base-isolated model, Part 1: Elastomeric bearings, Buletinul Institutului Politehnic Iasi, sectia VI, Constructii si Arhitectura, Tom XLIX (LIII) fasc 1-2, pg 13-21,  ISSN 1224-3884, Romania


    ·          Ciupala, M.A., Budescu, M., Ciongradi, I. (2002) Experimental study on likely malfunctions of seismic isolation systems, 12th European Conference on Earthquake Engineering (12ECEE), London, published on CD, paper No. 202, ISSN:0080440495



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    Current teaching responsibilities:

    CE7010 Structural Dynamics and Earthquake Engineering
    CE4101 Introduction to Structural Mechanics
    CE4302T Structural Mechanics
    CEM011 Dissertation (MSc project supervision)
    CE3216  Final Project (BEng project supervision)

    Previous teaching responsibilities:

    CE0102  Applied Physics
    CE2205   Engineering Mathematics
    Programmes: Undergraduate and Postgraduate Civil Engineering Programmes

    Programme Leader for:

    - MSc in Environmental Adaptation and Sustainability (EAS) in partnership with The Centre for Alternative Technology (CAT), Wales, 2010-2012

    - MSc in Environmental Adaptation and Sustainable Engineering (EASE) in
    partnership with The Eden Project, Cornwall, 2010-2012

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