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Dr Ana Armada Bras

Dr Ana Armada Bras

Telephone: 0151 231 2729



Ana Bras is a Civil Engineer, CEng FICE, with 15 years of experience in R&D and Consultancy on bio-based composites for durability and hygrothermal risks minimisation of retrofitting solutions for buildings and RC structures. She is a Senior Lecturer (Associate Professor) at the Department of Built Environment at Liverpool John Moores University (UK).

She graduated in 2004 with a MEng of a 5 years degree university programme in Civil Engineering, at NOVA University of Lisbon. In 2011, she completed the PhD studies in Civil Engineering at NOVA (specialty in Building Rehabilitation). She is a researcher and research project manager, with an active participation in several R&D projects and consultancy for institutions including: NOVA University of Lisbon (Portugal), University of Bath (UK), University of Campinas (UNICAMP, Brazil), Polytechnic Institute of Setúbal (IPS, Portugal), Institute of Welding and Quality (ISQ, Portugal) and more recently, at LJMU. Concurrently, she is taking part in HORIZON 2020 task groups to evaluate EU projects.

Ana develops research work in the field of performance based design (laboratory and computational-based) for the selection of the best retrofitting solutions using probabilistic approaches to increase the effectiveness of sustainable solutions in terms of their service life, and to estimate energy savings and hygrothermal risks.

Some Measures of Esteem:
 2018- present: Member of the RILEM (International Union of Laboratories and Experts in Construction Materials, Systems and Structures). Technical function: Active member of the Technical Committee HDB Hygrothermal behaviour; Durability of Bio-aggregate based building materials;SHE : Self-healing concrete – Its efficiency and evaluation
 2018- present: Active member of the CA COST Action CA15202 - Self-healing As preventive Repair of COncrete Structures.
 2017 - present: Member of the Editorial Board of the Proceedings of the ICE - Engineering Sustainability journal, published by the Institution of Civil Engineers.
 2015- present: Expert, Evaluator and Reviewer at HORIZON 2020 - Framework Programme for Research and Innovation (
 2013 - present: Member of the Editorial Board of “The Scientific World Journal”, Hindawi Publishing Corporation – speciality of Civil Engineering.
 2013 - present: Regular reviewer of journals (Energy and Buildings (Elsevier); Building and Environment (Elsevier); Construction and Building Materials (Elsevier); Proceedings of ICE - Engineering Sustainability (ICE); Energy Efficiency (Springer).
 2016- present: Member of the European Materials Modeling Council (EMMC) - working groups: Open Simulation Platform Concept and Validation
 2016- present: Contribution to the FPS COST Action FP1303: Performance of Biobased building materials
 2015-2016: Member of the Building Research Establishment (BRE) Centre for Innovative Construction Materials, UK (
 2015-2016: Member of the GW4 community - an alliance of Bath, Bristol, Cardiff and Exeter Universities.
 2015: Member of the Sustainable Innovation Centre of ISQ
 2013 – 2015: Member of the Executive board of the Research Centre in Construction Science of Coimbra University- CICC, PT (
 2011 – 2015: Member of the Scientific board of the Research Centre in Construction Science of Coimbra University- CICC, PT (
 2014 –present: Worked as a member of Ordem dos Engenheiros belonging to the Advisory board of the SouthZEB European project (
 2009 –present: Member of the RILEM (International Union of Laboratories and Experts in Construction Materials, Systems and Structures). Technical function: Member of the TC 222-SCF: Simulation of fresh concrete flow, Chairman: Dr. Nicolas ROUSSEL (
 2011 and 2012: Charing and organization of national/regional workshops: 2012: Dissemination of Building Rehabilitation Actions, Polytechnic Institute of Setúbal, Barreiro, Portugal, 11 July; 2011: Conference of Conservation and Rehabilitation, Polytechnic Institute of Setúbal, Barreiro, Portugal, 20 Oct


Journal article

Riley M, Armada Bras A, antunesb A, Ralegaonkard R, Shaw A, fariae P. 2019. Optimisation of bio-based building materials using image analysis method Construction and Building Materials, DOI Author Url

Romano A, Bras A, Grammatikos S, Shaw A, Riley M. 2019. Dynamic behaviour of bio-based and recycled materials for indoor environmental comfort CONSTRUCTION AND BUILDING MATERIALS, 211 :730-743 DOI Author Url

Bras A, Faustino P. 2019. Impact of repairs on embodied carbon dioxide expenditure for a reinforced-concrete quay Proceedings of the Institution of Civil Engineers, 172 :87-97 DOI Author Url Publisher Url Public Url

Brás A, Faria P. 2017. Effectiveness of mortars composition on the embodied carbon long-term impact Energy and Buildings, 154 :523-528 DOI Public Url

González-Kunz RN, Pineda P, Bras A, Morillas L. 2017. Plant biomass ashes in cement-based building materials. Feasibility as eco-efficient structural mortars and grouts Sustainable Cities and Society, 31 :151-172 DOI

Orr J, Armada Bras A, Ibell T. 2017. Effectiveness of design codes for life cycle energy optimisation Energy and Buildings, 140 :61-67 DOI

Faustino P, Brás A, Gonçalves F, Nunes Â. 2017. Probabilistic service life of RC structures under carbonation Magazine of Concrete Research, 69 :280-291 DOI


Brás A, Valença A, Faria P. 2017. Performance-based methods for masonry building rehabilitation using innovative leaching and hygrothermal risk analyses Sustainable Cities and Society, 28 :321-331 DOI

Faustino P, Bras A, Ripper T. 2015. The effect of corrosion inhibitors on the modelling of design lifetime of RC structures MATERIALS AND STRUCTURES, 48 :1303-1319 DOI Author Url

Bras A, Gomes V. 2015. LCA implementation in the selection of thermal enhanced mortars for energetic rehabilitation of school buildings ENERGY AND BUILDINGS, 92 :1-9 DOI Author Url

Bras A, Goncalves F, Faustino P. 2014. Economic evaluation of the energy consumption and thermal passive performance of Portuguese dwellings ENERGY AND BUILDINGS, 76 :304-315 DOI Author Url

Bras A, Goncalves F, Faustino P. 2014. Cork-based mortars for thermal bridges correction in a dwelling: Thermal performance and cost evaluation ENERGY AND BUILDINGS, 72 :296-308 DOI Author Url

Faustino P, Bras A, Ripper T. 2014. Corrosion inhibitors' effect on design service life of RC structures CONSTRUCTION AND BUILDING MATERIALS, 53 :360-369 DOI Author Url

Bras A, Leal M, Faria P. 2013. Cement-cork mortars for thermal bridges correction. Comparison with cement-EPS mortars performance CONSTRUCTION AND BUILDING MATERIALS, 49 :315-327 DOI Author Url

Bras A, Henriques FMA, Cidade MT. 2013. Rheological behaviour of hydraulic lime-based grouts. Shear-time and temperature dependence MECHANICS OF TIME-DEPENDENT MATERIALS, 17 :223-242 DOI Author Url

Bras A, Giao R, Lucio V, Chastre C. 2013. Development of an injectable grout for concrete repair and strengthening CEMENT & CONCRETE COMPOSITES, 37 :185-195 DOI Author Url

Bras A, Henriques FMA. 2012. Natural hydraulic lime based grouts - The selection of grout injection parameters for masonry consolidation CONSTRUCTION AND BUILDING MATERIALS, 26 :135-144 DOI Author Url

Bras A, Henriques FMA, Cidade MT. 2010. Effect of environmental temperature and fly ash addition in hydraulic lime grout behaviour CONSTRUCTION AND BUILDING MATERIALS, 24 :1511-1517 DOI Author Url

Bras A, Henriques FMA. 2009. The influence of the mixing procedures on the optimization of fresh grout properties MATERIALS AND STRUCTURES, 42 :1423-1432 DOI Author Url

Brás A. Embodied carbon minimisation of retrofit solutions for walls Proceedings of the Institution of Civil Engineers - Engineering Sustainability, 170 :141-156 DOI

Faustino P, Chastre C, Nunes Â, Brás A. Lifetime modelling of chloride-induced corrosion in concrete structures with Portland and blended cements Structure and Infrastructure Engineering, 12 :1013-1023 DOI

Brás A, Rocha A, Faustino P. Integrated approach for school buildings rehabilitation in a Portuguese city and analysis of suitable third party financing solutions in EU Journal of Building Engineering, 3 :79-93 DOI

Armada Bras AM, Faustino P. Repair mortars and new concretes with coal bottom and biomass ashes using rheological optimisation International Journal of Environmental Research, Volume 10 :203-216 Publisher Url Public Url