Professor Bijan Samali

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Professor Samali is a senior member of the Centre, appointed to the position in November 2013. Prior to joining Western Sydney University, Professor Samali held a Personal Chair in Structural Engineering at UTS since 1999. He is the author or co-author of over 650 scholarly publications (including over 200 journal publications), on a wide range of topics in the areas of structural engineering, structural dynamics, vibration and motion control, wind and earthquake engineering, bridge engineering, damage detection and health monitoring of structures including keynote addresses and invited papers. More recently he has also focused on concrete technology and cementitious materials with particular emphasis on developing new, green and sustainable concrete with superior properties including geopolymer, self-compacting concrete and concrete using waste by-products. He has also been involved with several major projects as a specialist consultant over the years. He has successfully supervised more than 40 higher degree research candidates at both PhD and MPhil levels.  He has attracter (individually or as part of a team) over 11 million dollars of research funding throughout his academic career. He received his Doctor of Science (DSc) degree in Structures and Dynamics from George Washington University, USA in 1984.

Areas of Research/Teaching Expertise

  • Structural Dynamics, Earthquake Engineering, Wind Engineering
  • Active, semi-active and passive control devices to reduce dynamic response of structures subjected to severe wind and seismic loading using simulation, shake table and wind tunnel testing
  • Smart materials for structural control applications, particularly MR fluids
  • Seismic performance of low cost mud brick and stone buildings, and their strengthening in developing countries
  • In-service conditions and load rating of timber, concrete and steel bridges using dynamic testing techniques
  • Damage detection and health monitoring of bridges, electricity power poles, transmission towers and other structures
  • Soil-Structure Interaction due to seismic loading
  • Retrofitting of under-strength or damaged concrete structures by fiber reinforced composites
  • Impact of blast loads on building façade systems
  • Effect of extreme loads such as blast, wind and earthquake loads on major buildings & bridges
  • New generation of Safe, Secure and Energy Efficient Multi-Skin façade systems
  • Fire Engineering
  • Concrete technology, including geopolymer, green, concrete

Current Grants and Projects

NSW Circular- Repurposing Recovered Organic Materials as Alternative Raw Materials for Brick Production ($460,000) 2022-2023

ARC LIEF - National Facility for Physical Fire Simulation ($1,200,000) 2022

Smartcrete CRC and TrfNSW - Digital twin of reinforced concrete bridges for intelligent asset management ($1,093,000) 2022-2024

Brickworks Building Products - Development of Smart Concrete Tiles and Blocks to Improve Building Energy Ratings ($120,000) 2021-2022

ARC, and Mincka Engineering (as part of an ARC Industrial Transformation Researh Hub) - Resilient Intelligent Infrastructure Systems ($850,000) 2022-2026

Smartcrete CRC and Paintback Ltd - Polymer modified concrete from recycled waste latex paint ($532,000) 2021-2023

B G and E Consulting Engineers - Structural Monitoring of AMP building during its partial demolition and reconstruction ($190,000) 2019-2023

Knauf Company - Development of stud wall height design tables - Using vacuum testing ($184,000) 2020-2023

Mincka Engineering - Quantitative based protection coating assessment using digital imaging and artificial intelligence ($145,000) 2020-2022

Selected Publications - 10 Highest cited by Google Scholar

A review of different strategies for HVAC energy saving
V Vakiloroaya, B Samali, A Fakhar, K Pishghadam
Energy conversion and management 77, 738-754

A novel hysteretic model for magnetorheological fluid dampers and parameter identification using particle swarm optimization
NM Kwok, QP Ha, TH Nguyen, J Li, B Samali
Sensors and Actuators A: Physical 132 (2), 441-451

Benchmark problem for response control of wind-excited tall buildings
JN Yang, AK Agrawal, B Samali, JC Wu
Journal of engineering mechanics 130 (4), 437-446

Wind loading on tall buildings
P Mendis, T Ngo, N Haritos, A Hira, B Samali, J Cheung
Electronic Journal of Structural Engineering

Optimization of tuned liquid column dampers
H Gao, KCS Kwok, B Samali
Engineering structures 19 (6), 476-486

Development and characterization of a magnetorheological elastomer based adaptive seismic isolator
Y Li, J Li, W Li, B Samali
Smart Materials and Structures 22 (3), 035005

Bouc–Wen model parameter identification for a MR fluid damper using computationally efficient GA
NM Kwok, QP Ha, MT Nguyen, J Li, B Samali
ISA transactions 46 (2), 167-179

Performance of tuned mass dampers under wind loads
KCS Kwok, B Samali
Engineering structures 17 (9), 655-667

Control of along-wind response of structures by mass and liquid dampers
YL Xu, B Samali, KCS Kwok
Journal of Engineering Mechanics 118 (1), 20-39

Characteristics of liquid column vibration absorbers (LCVA)—I
PA Hitchcock, KCS Kwok, RD Watkins, B Samali
Engineering Structures 19 (2), 126-134