Professor Bijan Samali

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Professor Samali is the Centre Director, 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 500 scholarly publications (including over 150 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 pavement engineering with particular emphasis on developing new, green and sustainable concrete and pavements with superior properties including geopolymer and self compacting concrete. He has also been involved with several major projects as a specialist consultant over the years. 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
  • Analytical and experimental investigation of active, semi-active and passive control devices to reduce dynamic response of structures subjected to severe wind and seismic loading using computer simulation, shake table and wind tunnel testing
  • Use of smart materials in structural control applications, particularly MR and ER fluids
  • Study of seismic performance of low cost mud brick and stone buildings, and their strengthening in developing countries
  • Determining 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 – buildings with either raft or pile foundations
  • Cost effective assessment techniques for management of timber bridges
  • 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 cable-stayed bridges
  • Development of a new generation of Safe, Secure and Energy Efficient Multi-Skin façade system
  • Sustainable pavements
  • Concrete technology, including geopolymer, green, and self compacting concrete.

Current Grants and Projects

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

James Hardie Construction Materials - Lightweight Backfill for composite building panels - $109,000

ARC and CSR NanoComm Research Hub - NanoComm Research Hub for Nanoscience based Construction Material Manufacturing "Structural Performance of AFS Panels with Permanent Formwork" - $535,000

ARC - Discovery Scheme - Development of a Novel Motion Sensory system for Bridge Health Monitoring - $225,000

Selected Publications (with over 100 citations)

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

Use of viscoelastic dampers in reducing wind-and earthquake-induced motion of building structures
B Samali, KCS Kwok
Engineering Structures 17 (9), 639-654

Characteristics of liquid column vibration absorbers (LCVA)—II
PA Hitchcock, KCS Kwok, RD Watkins, B Samali
Engineering Structures 19 (2), 135-144