Dr. Katerina Varveri


Dr. Aikaterini Varveri is an Assistant Professor of Future Pavement Materials at the section of Pavement Engineering at Delft University of Technology. She holds a MEng. degree in Environmental Engineering from Democritus University of Thrace, Greece. She also holds a MSc. in Hydraulics Engineering and a MSc. in Environmental Protection & Sustainable Development from Aristotle University of Thessaloniki, Greece. She completed her PhD research in Civil Engineering on the topic of coupled physical-mechanical moisture damage in asphalt mixtures in 2017. 

Her research mainly focuses on the areas of advance characterization and finite element modelling of physicochemical induced damage processes (moisture damage, oxidative ageing and freeze-thaw) that affect the durability of (porous) asphalt pavements. Currently, she is working on establishing a relationship between the chemo-rheological properties and the mechanical properties and performance of bituminous materials, and in what way this can change due to interactions with the environment. She also participates as work package leader and project manager in national and international research projects (funded by RWS, CEDR, EPSRC, Wetterskip Fryslan etc) aimed to improve the long-term performance of bituminous materials and asphalt pavements, while minimizing their impact on the environment.

Aikaterini is the Research Coordinator for the Netherlands in the European National Highway Research Laboratories (FEHRL) group. She is a member of the International Society for Asphalt Pavements (ISAP) and she also serves as a committee member in the RILEM 252-CMB committee on chemo-mechanical characterization of bituminous materials.

Academic Background

  • PhD in Civil Engineering. Delft University of Technology, the Netherlands, 2017.
  • MSc in Environmental Protection & Sustainable Development. Aristotle University of Thessaloniki, Greece, 2009.
  • MSc in Hydraulic Mechanics. Democritus University of Thrace, Greece, 2008.
  • MEng in Environmental Engineering. Democritus University of Thrace, Greece, 2007.

Professional Experience

  • Assistant Professor (Lecturer level 3/Researcher), Delft University of Technology, the Netherlands, Nov 2017-present.
  • Postdoctoral Research Fellow. Delft University of Technology, the Netherlands, Jan 2015-Oct 2017.
  • Ph.D. Candidate. Delft University of Technology, the Netherlands, Dec 2010-Dec 2016.
  • Environmental/Hydraulics Engineer. Maliokas & Associates L.T.D., Thessaloniki, Greece, Nov 2009-May 2010. 
  • Environmental Engineer. Independent Environmental Engineering Professional, Thessaloniki, Greece, Oct 2008-Jun 2010.
  • Research Assistant. Laboratory of Ecological Engineering and Technology, Democritus University of Thrace, Xanthi, Greece, Jan 2006-Jul 2008

Research Interests

  • Chemomechanics of bituminous materials
  • Advanced experimental characterization of bitumen and bituminous mixtures
  • Finite element modelling of physico-chemical damage processes (moisture, ageing and freeze-thaw) in asphalt pavements
  • Low-noise pavements

List of Publications

  • R. Jing, A. Varveri, X. Liu, A. Scarpas, and S. Erkens (2019). Laboratory and Field Aging Effect on Bitumen Chemistry and Rheology in Porous Asphalt Mixture. Transportation Research Record: Journal of Transportation Research Board. DOI: doi.org/10.1177/0361198119833362.
  • A. Varveri, F. Mocetti, A. Scarpas, C. Lantieri, and C. Sangiorgi (2019). An Evaluation of Water Effects on Bitumen. 98th Transportation Research Board Annual Meeting Compendium of Papers, Washington, D.C., Paper no. 19-00116.
  • A. Varveri, and A. Scarpas (2018). Influence of moisture and freeze–thaw cycles on the cohesive properties of asphalt mortars. 97th Transportation Research Board Annual Meeting Compendium of Papers, Washington, D.C., Paper no. 18-00387.
  • G. Tarsi, A. Varveri, C. Lantieri, A. Scarpas and C. Sangiorgi (2017). (2018). Effects of different ageing methods on the chemical and rheological properties of bitumen. Journal of Materials in Civil Engineering, 30 (3), 1-8.
  • A. Varveri, S. Avgerinopoulos and A. Scarpas (2016). Experimental evaluation of long- and short-term moisture damage characteristics of asphalt mixtures. Road Materials and Pavement Design, 17:1, 168-186.
  • K. Anupam, S.K. Srirangam, A. Varveri, C. Kasbergen and A. Scarpas (2016). Microstructural analysis of porous asphalt concrete mix subjected to rolling truck tire loads. Transportation Research Record: Journal of Transportation Research Board, 2575, 113-122. 
  • A. Varveri, J. Zhu and N. Kringos (2015). Moisture Damage in Asphaltic Mixtures in Advances in Asphalt Materials: Road and Pavement Construction (Eds S.-C. Huang and H. Di Benedetto), Woodhead Publishing, Elsevier Science & Technology, Oxford, UK (Print ISBN: 978-0-08-100269-8).
  • A. Varveri, S. Avgerinopoulos, C. Kasbergen, A. Scarpas and A. Collop (2014). Influence of Air Void Content on Moisture Damage Susceptibility of Asphalt Mixtures: Computational Study.  Transportation Research Record: Journal of Transportation Research Board, 2446:3, 8-16.
  • A. Varveri, S. Avgerinopoulos, C. Kasbergen, A. Scarpas and A. Collop (2014). A Constitutive Model for Simulation of Water to Ice Phase Change in Asphalt Mixtures. Proceedings of the 12th ISAP Conference on Asphalt Pavements, pp. 531-539.
  • C. Nicholls, M. Wayman, K. Mollenhauer, C. McNally, A. Tabaković, A. Gibney, A. Varveri, S. Cassidy, R. Shahmohammadi and K. Gilbert (2014). Effects on Availability of Road Network. Proceedings of the Transport Research Arena, Paris, France.
  • A. Pauli, A.J.M.  Schmets, C. Kasbergen, A. Varveri and A. Scarpas (2013). Microstructural self-healing of bituminous materials: combined experimental and numerical study. Proceedings of the 4th International Conference on Self-Healing Materials, Ghent, Belgium. 
  • S.K. Srirangam, A. Varveri, A. Scarpas, C. Kasbergen and K. Anupam (2012). Numerical investigation of the effect of hydroplaning on braking and directional stability of passenger car tires. Proceedings of the ECCOMAS-2012, Vienna, Austria.
  • S.K. Srirangam, A. Varveri, K. Anupam, A. Scarpas, C. Kasbergen and M. Kane (2012). Micromechanical analysis of the effect of asphalt mix characteristics on rubber friction. Proceedings of the 7th Symposium on Pavement Surface Characteristics, Virginia, USA. 

Dr. Aikaterini (Katerina) Varveri