Emmanuel Denarié

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Most recently, Emmanuel Denarié is the one at the origin of the development of next generation ultra high-performance fiber-reinforced concretes (UHPFRC) with synthetic UHWM PE fibers, adapted for structural applications (project within SNSF NRP 70 and supervision doctoral thesis Amir Hajiesmaeili - 2019). These new materials dramatically decrease CO2 emissions and Embodied Energy footprints and open a wide field of new opportunities for the rehabilitation of existing structures and construction of new ones.

Note that extreme care has to be taken to avoid the dissemination of synthetic "plastic" fibers in the environment. Norway banned in 2015 discontinuous polymer fibers used in FRC, in road tunnels, see:
Myren, Synnøve, Per Hagelia, and Øyvind Bjøntegaard. "The Ban of Polymer Fibre in Frsc in Norwegian Road Tunnels." Paper presented at the 8th International Symposium on Sprayed Concrete, Trondheim, Norway, 2018.



First UHPFRC application for bridge rehabilitation

Reinforcement of lighthouses with UHPFRC

GC B3 435 (Bâtiment GC)
Station 18
1015 Lausanne

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Administrative data

Fields of expertise

Discontinuous Fiber Reinforced Cementitious Composites
Time dependent response of cementitious materials
Engineering of existing concrete structures
Conservation of lighthouses at sea
Tensile response and inverse analyses (UHPFRC)
In-situ characterization of the permeability of cover concrete

Teaching & PhD


Civil Engineering


Statics I

Developing an understanding for static systems. Solution of isostatic systems in terms of reaction forces and internal forces (NVM diagrams)

Engineering of existing structures

The engineering of existing structures encompasses the examination of condition and load-carrying capacity, decision criteria, and methods for rehabilitation or strengthening. This course presents the bases necessary for this approach at the level of materials and structural response.

Materials and structures

Starting from the basic knowledge of concrete technology, this course provides the relationships between the composition, processing, microstructure and structural properties of "new concretes", with a special emphasis on Ultra High Performance Fiber Reinforced Concretes (UHPFC).

UHPFRC for structures - Fundamentals & Properties

This course aims at giving students the fundamental knowledge necessary to design, model, and apply Ultra High Performance Fiber Reinforced Concretes (UHPFRC) in structures, in a sustainable way. It provides an extended and comprehensive insight into engineering and science of these materials.