Gianluca Ranzi is currently an ARC Future Fellow, Professor and Director of the Centre for Advanced Structural Engineering at the University of Sydney. His research interests range from the field of structural engineering, with focus on computational mechanics, behaviour and design of steel, concrete, and composite steel-concrete structures, to architectural science, heritage conservation and high-performance buildings.
Composite Steel-Concrete Structures, Steel Structures, Concrete and Prefabricated Structures, Structural Engineering, Civil Engineering
Dr. Daniel Dias-da-Costa received a BS in Civil Engineering from the University of Porto and an MSc and PhD in Civil Engineering, from the University of Coimbra in Portugal. His current research interests include both numerical and experimental topics of structural engineering and material mechanics. In the first case, he addresses the development of finite element enrichment techniques and solution finding algorithms for highly non-linear problems in the simulation of fracture. The experimental research is focused on image processing techniques for structural assessment and monitoring, including the identification of strain localisation and cracking propagation.
With ongoing advances in the construction industry involving the introduction of new building materials and technologies, our ability to predict the structural behaviour and safety of these innovations is critical. Dr Daniel Dias-da-Costa's research into advanced computational simulation techniques aims to enhance the safety of our built environment by addressing a wide range of building materials, including concrete, masonry and glass. "My research in structural engineering and material mechanics aims to introduce a new computational framework that will have a strong impact on practice engineering. This framework will effectively bridge high-end simulation and monitoring approaches, such that structural designers can explore the full potential of challenging construction designs. "I develop computational techniques that can be used to simulate real-life structural failure. This allows us to efficiently predict the behaviour and response of structures in such situations; for instance, when concrete starts crushing or cracking, or when reinforcing steel yields and slips against the concrete. "This is a very complex and computationally demanding task, and even high-end commercial software often fails to deliver reliable solutions. Therefore, I have been developing new programs to address this need. This approach has already shown good performance with a wide range of problems and materials. "I really enjoy performing experimental tests of large-scale structures, where I have the chance of pushing the materials to the limit. In this way I can deeply understand the structural response. I then bring this knowledge to my numerical models and am able to run simulations of different situations that cannot be tested otherwise. This combined approach is crucial to achieve safer design solutions. "I am passionate about my research because it can be applied to a wide range of different areas. This gives me the opportunity to deal with people from very different backgrounds, which in fact is what I find most enriching and rewarding about my work."
Dr Mohotti has developed expertise in many interrelated areas in structural and materials engineering including extreme loadings on structures (blast and impact), wind loadings on buildings and development of smart materials. He is considered as an expert in advanced numerical simulations with his immense contribution to the development of this sector. In addition to his expertise as a researcher he has gained worthy of experience working as a structural engineer and a consultant.Roles and responsivities
Dr. Damith is currently working as a lecturer in the School of Civil Engineering at the Faculty of Engineering and IT at University of Sydney. He currently works as a member of the industrial engagement committee of the school and hold the responsibility of delivering three key units of studies on design of concrete and prestressed concrete structures.
- International Association of Protective Structures (IAPS)
- Concrete Institute of Australia (CIA)
- Engineers Australia (EA)
Honours and awards
- Project contribution award Defence Materials Technology Centre (DMTC), 2014
- Thomas Ewing Scholarship Award, best Civil Engineering PhD researcher, University of Melbourne
The materials and methods used in the design and construction of built structures determines their capacity to withstand extreme loading, including strong winds, blasts and impacts. Designing such structures to withstand these natural and human-caused hazards, and thus protecting our critical infrastructure against them, is a particularly demanding area of today's research environment. Dr Damith Mohotti's work aims to advance this challenging and increasingly important area of structural engineering.