Tony Martin

School of Planning Architecture and Civil Engineering
David Keir Building, Stranmillis Road, BT9 5AG
Room    0G.036
Tel +44 (0)28 9097 6672


Master’s Degree in General Structural Engineering (Distinction), Imperial College, London

Diploma of the Imperial College, Imperial College, London

Honours Degree in Civil Engineering (1st Class), Queen’s University, Belfast

Honours Degree in Applied Mathematics, Queen’s University, Belfast

Professional qualifications

Chartered Member of the Institution of Structural Engineers (CEng MIStructE)


Awarded the Hugh Turley Prize for best final year dissertation in Civil Engineering at Queen’s University, Belfast

PhD Title

Fibre Polymer Strengthening of In-Plane Restrained Slabs

PhD project Description

With ever increasing demands to strengthen existing reinforced concrete structures to facilitate higher loading due to change of use and to extend service lifetime, the use of fibre reinforced polymers (FRPs) in structural retrofitting offers an opportunity to achieve these aims. To date, most research in this area has focussed on the use of glass fibre reinforced polymer (GFRP) and carbon fibre reinforced polymer (CFRP), with relatively little on the use of basalt fibre reinforced polymer (BFRP) as a suitable strengthening material. In addition, most previous research has been carried out using simply supported elements, which have not considered the beneficial influence of in-plane lateral restraint, as experienced within a framed building structure. Furthermore, by installing FRPs using the near surface mounted (NSM) technique, disturbance to the existing structure can be minimised.

The aim of the project is to investigate the relative influences of compressive membrane action and the strength enhancing effects of retrofitting existing floor slabs with FRP bars using the NSM installation technique.

To date, the research has involved the development of concrete mix designs, materials testing of concrete, steel reinforcement and FRP bars along with microscopy measurements using optical and scanning electron microscopes.

Additionally, seventeen third scale in-plane restrained slab samples have been constructed, tested, analysed and modelled in both ABAQUS and LUSAS nonlinear finite element analysis packages.


Prof. Susan Taylor, Dr Desmond Robinson & Prof. David Cleland


Martin, T., Taylor, S.E., Robinson, D., Cleland, D (2013). Basalt Fibre Reinforced Polymer Strengthening of Normal Strength Reinforced Concrete Floor Slabs Subject to Arching Effects. In Advanced Composites in Construction. Belfast, 10 - 12 September. Chesterfield, United Kingdom Network Group for Composites in Construction. 298 - 310.

Martin, T., Taylor, S.E., Robinson, D., Cleland, D., (2012). Basalt fibre reinforced polymer bar strengthening compared to arching actions within slabs. In 6th International Conference on FRP Composites in Civil Engineering. Rome, 13-15 June. Rome, Italy The International Institute for FRP in Construction.

Martin, T., Taylor, S.E., Robinson, D., Cleland, D., (2012). Experimental Study of Bond Stress for Near Surface Mounted Basalt Fibre Reinforced Polymer Strips on Concrete. In Bond In Concrete. Brescia, 17-20 June. Brescia, Italy Heriot Watt University & University of Brescia.


Retrofitting of existing reinforced concrete structures, Structural design, Structures teaching, Surveying teaching


Fig. 1 BFRP Bars                                                    Fig 2 BFRP Microscopy


Fig 3 Tensile Testing                                            Fig 4 Near Surface Mounting Technique


Fig 5 Slab Underside. FRP bonded               Fig 6 In-plane restrained slab during load testing

Fig 7 Illustration of internal concrete stresses within in-plane restrained concrete slab (ABAQUS)