Professor Hamid Ronagh

Contact DetailsHamid Ronagh


Professor Ronagh is the director of the program on "Structures", appointed to the position in October, 2015. Prior to joining Western Sydney University, Professor Ronagh was at the University of Queensland where he led Structural Retrofit, the largest research group in the field of Structural Engineering. This group was active on many projects including FRP strengthening of reinforced concrete joints, overwrap repair of subsea pipelines and strengthening against post-earthquake fire.

Hamid has also been the driving force behind the transfer of light steel framing technology to his home country of Iran following the Bam earthquake in 2003 which killed 26,000 people. Due to his efforts, light steel framing technology has grown considerably in Iran, with over 60 active plants producing over 100,000 sqm of steel frames monthly. There now also exists a published national design code which he has been involved with the development of, and design courses are offered at the doctoral level at universities.

Hamid Ronagh is the author or co-author of over 200 scholarly publications (including over 100 journal publications) on a wide range of topics in the areas of structural engineering, in particular structural retrofit and light steel framing. He has also been involved with several major projects as a specialist consultant over the years. He received his PhD degree in Structures from the University of New South Wales in 1996.

Areas of Research/Teaching Expertise

Professor Ronagh's research interests include:

  • Overwrap Repair of Subsea Pipelines
  • Mitigating the Risk of Post-Earthquake Fire Failure
  • Earthquake Response of Cold-Formed Light Steel Structures
  • Innovative Construction Technologies
  • Hybrid Hot-Rolled/Cold-Formed Systems
  • Response of Composite Cold-Formed Steel-Concrete Floor Systems to Vibration
  • Progressive Collapse of Structures

Grants/Current Projects

Industry supported Research - Overwrap Repair of Oil/Gas Sub-Sea Pipelines

Industry Supported Research - Development of a vacuum testing rig to test dry walls

Selected Publications

Zeynalian, M. and Ronagh, H.R., (2015), "Seismic performance of cold formed steel walls sheathed by fibre-cement board panels", Journal of Constructional Steel Research, 107, 1-11.

Eslami, A., and Ronagh, H.R., (2015), "Numerical Investigation on the Seismic Retrofitting of RC Beam–Column Connections Using Flange-Bonded CFRP Composites." Journal of Composites for Construction,  10.1061/(ASCE)CC.1943-5614.0000590 , 04015032.

Baji, H., Eslami, A., Ronagh, H.R., (2015), "Development of a nonlinear FE modelling approach for FRP-strengthened RC beam-column connections", Structures, doi:10.1016/j.istruc.2015.06.003.

Naderian, H.R., Ronagh, H.R. (2015), "Buckling analysis of thin-walled cold-formed steel structural members using complex finite strip method", Thin-Walled Structures, Vol. 90, 74-83

Behnam, B. and Ronagh, H.R., (2015), "Firewalls and Post-Earthquake Fire Resistance of RC Frames", accepted for publication in the Journal of Structures and Buildings", April 2015

Behnam, B, Ronagh, H.R. and Lim, P.J., (2015), "Numerical Evaluation of the Post-Earthquake Fire Resistance of CFRP-Strengthened Reinforced Concrete Joints based on Experimental Observations", European Journal of Civil and Environmental Engineering, 1(1):1-19. DOI: 10.1080/19648189.2015.1018448

Baji, H. and Ronagh, H.R., (2015), "Probabilistic models for curvature ductility and moment redistribution of RC beams", Computers and Concrete, Vol. 16(2), 191-207

Baji, H. and Ronagh, H.R., (2015), "Reliability-based study on ductility measures of RC beams in ACI318″, Accepted for publication in ACI Structural Journal, August 2015.

Baji, H. and Ronagh, H.R., (2015), "A reliability-based investigation into the ductility measures of RC beams designed based on fib Model Code 2010, Accepted for publication in Structural Concrete Journal, June 2015. DOI: 10.1002/suco.201400116

Hashemi, F, Ronagh, H.R., (2015),"Structural response of a MRF exposed to travelling fire", Structures and Buildings, Vol. 168(9), 619-635.

Hashemi, F., Yousefi, A. and Ronagh, H.R., (2015), "Effect of span length on progressive collapse behaviour of steel moment resisting frames", Structures, 03/2015; 66. DOI: 10.1016/j.istruc.2015.03.004