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    - use of crushed concrete as aggregate - lightweight concrete - concrete/FRP composites

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    1989 …2021

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    Dr Saidani was intrigued by bridges and buildings from a young age, and now he is conducting research into using waste into manufacturing eco-friendly construction materials.


    He successfully completed his first degree in Civil Engineering at the University of Science and Technology in Algeria, where he won the Best Student Award. He then awarded a PhD in Civil Engineering from The University of Nottingham. Dr Saidani then stayed on as a post-doctoral research fellow for four years working on a number of pan-European and UK projects (total value in excess of £4m). In 1995, he jointed Coventry University as a lecturer, where he is currently a Reader in Structural Engineering since 2008.

    Research topics investigated included: steel connection detailing and design; steel framed buildings; structural hollow sections; and e-portfolio for education and training. Current research activities include carrying out an investigation into a novel cement-based material called GEM-Tech. This includes material as well structural testing and modelling.

    Dr Saidani has published over 100 papers and technical documents.

    Dr Saidani is a Chartered Engineer and a Fellow of the Institution of Structural Engineers. He is a member of the editorial board in a number of international journals.


    Area of Expertise:


    Steel and concrete structures; structural connections; novel materials for sustainable construction.


    Research Interests

    Structural engineering ; Construction management ; Novel engineering materials; Steel and concrete structures; Disaster and risk management ; Health and safety in construction ; Sustainability and low carbon construction ; Disaster relief and development engineering

    Vision Statement

    Around half of all non-renewable resources mankind consumes are used in construction, making it one of the least sustainable industries in the world. The application of technology (in general) often results in unavoidable environmental impacts. Engineering designers are increasingly faced with the challenge of designing sustainable and environmentally friendly structures.

    My research includes investigating novel materials that are friendly to the environment and lead to more sustainable designs.

    The key to designing sustainable structures is to use materials that produce less carbon emissions as well as designs that respond to the demands of flexibility and adaptability.

    My vision is to contribute to solving some of the challenges faced by the construction industry in designing more sustainable material and designs.

    Expertise related to UN Sustainable Devlopment Goals

    In 2015, UN member states agreed to 17 global Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs) to end poverty, protect the planet and ensure prosperity for all. This person’s work contributes towards the following SDG(s):

    • SDG 7 - Affordable and Clean Energy
    • SDG 13 - Climate Action

    External positions

    Visiting Professor, University of Sciences and Technology (USTHB), Algiers, Algeria

    2007 → …


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