Projects

MPD1Interactions between volumetric units in modular buildings


This project is funded by the Australian Research Council (ARC) as a Discovery Early Career Research Award (DECRA) and develops in-depth understanding of the interactions between volumetric units in modular buildings and specific criteria in relation to the considerations and expectations for the design of modular buildings’ interconnections and fasteners.


Chief Investigator: Dr Pejman Sharafi


MPD2Classification and prequalification of modular steel connections


This project aims to determine specific criteria for the classification of connections for strength, stiffness and ductility and develop in-depth understanding of the factual considerations for the structural design of prefabricated modular steel buildings with regard to the requirements for stability.


Investigators: Mostafa Farajian; Dr Pejman Sharafi


MPD3Improving Flexural Performance of Moment-Resisting Joints in Volumetric Modular Steel Buildings


This project focuses on improving the structural performance of modular interconnections, while addressing the constructional and architectural constraints. It aims to develop innovative solutions to improve the structural performance of modular steel buildings.


Investigators: Parham Mohajerani; Dr Pejman Sharafi; Prof Bijan Samali


MPD4Robustness of corner-supported modular steel buildings


This project studies the minimum requirements for assessment and verification of stability and robustness of prefabricated modular steel buildings through investigation of the collapse capacity and failure mechanisms in a variety of notional removal of elements.


Investigators: Mohammad Alembagheri; Dr Pejman Sharafi; Prof Zhong Tao


MPD5System identification of steel modular buildings


In this project identifies the steel modular buildings characteristics through investigating the natural and dynamic properties of their structures. The investigations involve full scaled experimental and numerical models using system identification techniques under the context of operational modal analysis (OMA).


Investigators: Mohammad Alembagheri; Dr Pejman Sharafi; Dr Maria Rashidi


MPD6Modular sustainable tiny houses


This project is focused on the design of innovative modular sustainable houses, which are adaptable to variety of applications (homelessness, tourism, emergency shelter, etc.) and environments


Investigators: Fariborz Moshfeghinezhad; Dr Pejman Sharafi; Dr Nariman Saeed; Dr Hadi Hoseiniamoli; Dr Ehsan Sorooshnia; Faezeh Shateri


MPD7Modular foam-filled panelised systems for rapidly assembled post-disaster Housing

An innovative deployable modular system for rapid-assembly building construction is developed in this project, which can be quickly-assembled as post-disaster housing or semi-permanent shelters.

Investigators: Dr Saeed Nemati; Dr Pejman Sharafi; Prof Bijan Samali


MPD8Prefabricated hybrid steel wall panels for mid-rise construction


This project investigates an innovative lightweight hybrid steel wall panel system (HWPS) made of a hot-rolled steel panel and a cold-formed steel panel developed in this project; and its applications as a lateral load resisting system for midrise construction in earthquake prone regions are investigated.


Investigators: Dr Mina Mortazavi; Nima Usefi; Prof Hamid Ronagh; Dr Pejman Sharafi; Prof Bijan Samali


MPD9

Protective composite wall panels


This research-consulting project is conducted in collaboration with the university of Wollongong, FlexiRoc Australia, and Stone Security, and focuses on the design of protective wall panels for protection against blast, ballistic, forced entry, impact, weapon effects, fire and seismic loads and can be used to mitigate risk against accidents, natural disasters and direct attacks.


Investigators: Prof Hamid Ronagh; Dr Pejman Sharafi; Prof Alex Remmenikov (UoW), Gary Bullock; Khaled El-Domiaty


MPD10Lightweight composite floor diaphragms


In this research project a new lightweight composite floor is developed for application in LSF construction and mid-rise construction. The performance, with regard to vibration, diaphragm action and the effects on load distribution is investigated through experimental tests and numerical modelling.


Investigators: Soheila Peyrovi, Prof Hamid Ronagh; Dr Pejman Sharafi; Prof Bijan Samali


MPD11Timber frame reinforcement solutions for mid-rise modular construction


Solutions for the enhancement of the compression perpendicular to grain and the effectiveness of some different reinforcement techniques for improving the bearing strength of these members are investigated in this project through extensive experimental tests and numerical modelling. The aim is to enhance the timber frame performance for applications in mid-rise modular construction.


Investigators: Farnaz Alinoori; Dr Fred Moshiri; Dr Pejman Sharafi; Prof Bijan Samali


MPD12Structural performance of permanent modular formwork systems

This research-consulting project is conducted under the ARC Industrial Transformation Research Hub for Nanoscience-based Construction Material Manufacturing (the Nanocomm Hub) for CRS-AFS systems and evaluates and improves the structural performance of permanent formwork systems, Logicwall and Rediwall, through advanced numerical simulations and experimental tests.


Investigators: Dr Kamyar Kildashti; Prof Bijan Samali


MPD13Prefabricated composite LSF wall panels


In collaboration with Kenauf Australia, this research-consulting project is designed to first develop an advanced vacuum testing facility for experiments on panelised wall and floor systems, and then extensive experimental program on the design of composite LSF walls sheated with gypsum boards for various boundary conditions are performed.


Investigators: Prof Hamid Ronagh; Dr Pejman Sharafi; Dr Nariman Saeed


MPD14Innovative joints for modular construction


This project seeks development of innovative connections to facilitate the assembly and disassembly of components such as walls, floors, and volumetric units in modular construction. Conceptual and detailed designs, numerical simulation and experimental verifications of a number of modular connections are being carried out in this project to address the existing shortcomings in the area.


Investigators: Dr Pejman Sharafi; Dr Mina Mortazavi; Dr Saeed Nemati; Reza Bani Ardalan; Fariborz Moshfeghinezhad