School of Engineering

Staff Profile

Dr Amir Mofidi

Lecturer in Structural Engineering

Background

BACKGROUND

Dr Amir Mofidi is a University Lecturer in Structural Engineering in the School of Engineering at Newcastle University. He is a Civil Engineer with MSc and PhD Degrees in Structural Rehabilitation of Concrete Structures. He joined the Geotechnical and Structural Engineering group of the School of Engineering as a Lecturer in 2019, following a short period at Concordia University, Canada working as an Assistant Professor in Structural Engineering. Previously, he was a Lecturer in the Department of Civil Engineering and Applied Mechanics at McGill University, Canada for four years between 2014-2018. He also worked as a Senior Structural Design Engineer for consulting engineers for seven years. Dr Mofidi is a Professional Engineer (P.Eng.) in Canada licensed by the province of Ontario. His expertise and research interests cover areas of Design and Rehabilitation of Structures, Innovative and Sustainable Construction, Advanced Composites in Construction, and Smart Health Monitoring of Structures. Home/EU Postgraduate applicants are encouraged to apply for a studentship under Dr Mofidi's supervision in the aforementioned areas of interest.

QUALIFICATIONS

  • PhD Shear strengthening of reinforced concrete beams using advanced composite materials, University of Quebec, École de technologie supérieure, ÉTS (2012)
  • MSc Strengthening RC T-beams in flexure and shear using new mechanically-anchored FRP and dry fibre systems, Concordia University (2008)
  • BSc Civil Engineering, Iran University of Science and Technology (2000)

ROLES & RESPONSIBILITIES

  • Academic Director of the Heavy Structures Laboratory
  • Geotechnical and Structural Engineering Group Postgraduate Research Selector

MEMBERSHIPS

  • ACI 440 TG3 Anchorage Task Group, 2017 – Present
  • Voting member of ACI 440-0F Subcommittee (FRP Repair and Strengthening) of the ACI 440 Fiber-Reinforced Polymer Reinforcement Committee, 2016 – Present
  • American Concrete Institute (ACI), 2006 – Present
  • Professional Engineer licensed by Professional Engineers Ontario, 2013 – Present 
  • American Society for Engineering Education (ASEE), 2014 – Present
  • International Association of Engineers, 2014 – Present
  • Iranian Institute of Structural Engineers, 2008 – Present
  • Iranian Concrete Institute (ICI), 2003 – Present

    GRANTS, AWARDS & FELLOWSHIPS

    • Mitacs Accelerate Postdoctoral Fellowship, December 2015, McGill University
    • “Prix d'excellence”, Best PhD thesis award of the year university-wide, September 2013, ÉTS 
    • National Science and Engineering Reseach Council (NSERC) Postdoctoral Fellowship, September 2012, McGill University
    • Quebec Funds for Research on Nature and Technologies (FQRNT) Postdoctoral Fellowship B3, September 2012 
    • NSERC Postgraduate Scholarship (PGS) for Doctoral Level, May 2009, ÉTS
    • Transports Québec and FQRNT Research Scholarship, May 2009, ÉTS
    • FQRNT Doctoral Research Scholarship, April 2009
    • Internal Scholarship for Doctoral Level, February 2008, ÉTS 

    JOURNAL REVIEWER

    • Construction and Building Materials (Elsevier)
    • Composites for Construction (ASCE) 
    • Engineering Structures (Elsevier)
    • Structures (Elsevier)
    • Composite Materials (SAGE)
    • Advances in Structural Engineering (SAGE)
    • International Journal of Concrete Structures and Materials (Springer)

    INDUSTRIAL EXPERIENCE

    • Project-based consultations to private sector such as Sika Canada; SNC-Lavalin; Blackwell Structural Engineers; Norman Lee and Associates Ltd.; Haddad, Morgan and Associates Ltd.; DelBove Building Consultants; and Warstone Innovation, LLC; 2013 – 2018
    • Structural design engineer of heavy-duty concrete and steel industrial structures for copper, natural gas and steel production sites, Iran International Engineering Company (Iritec), 2000 – 2005

    For more information please visit Dr Mofidi's pages at Research GateGoogle ScholarScopus 

    ORCID ID: 0000-0001-9739-7208

    Research

    Dr Mofidi's main research interests focus on two main themes: 1) rehabilitation of existing structures using innovative practical solutions with advanced construction materials; 2) development of advanced composites materials from bio-based resources suitable for use in structural engineering. 

    His research proposes sustainable solutions to extend the lifespan of the existing infrastructure. The newly-proposed means of structural rehabilitation are intended to increase the structural resiliency of the existing structures against disastrous loads and effects of earthquakes, fire, blasts, and hurricanes. Moreover, he aims to improve the sustainability aspect of strengthening solutions with advanced composites by introducing bio-based environmental-friendly advanced composite systems to strengthen existing structures.


    PREVIOUS RESEARCH SUPERVISION

    • MSc student Cameron Richardson (MSc awarded in 2020), Numerical Modelling of Sustainable Construction Materials Made of Bamboo Culms And Bio-Based Matrices, supervised, Newcastle University
    • MSc student Sébastien Thivierge (MSc awarded in 2012), Use of L-Shaped FRP Plates to Rehabilitate Concrete Beams, co-supervised, ÉTS
    • MSc student Amar L'hady (MSc awarded in 2012), Bond Behaviour of Embedded CFRP Rods Adhesively-bonded to Concrete Blocks, co-supervised, ÉTS
    • MSc student Matthieu Langnel (MSc awarded in 2011), Reinforced Concrete Beams Strengthened in Shear using Three Different Methods with Advanced Composites, co-supervised, ÉTS
    • MEng student Andrew Kevin Kenneth Doyle (MEng awarded 2020), The Shear Strengthening of Reinforced Concrete Beams by Embedded Through-Section of FRP Bars: An Analytical Bond-Slip Model, supervised, Newcastle University
    • MEng student Mirko Russo (MEng awarded 2020), Mechanical Behaviour of Novel Bamboo Composites in a Bio-based Matrix under Compressive Load, supervised, Newcastle University
    • MEng student Lowri Swygart (MEng awarded 2020), Investigation on the Compressive Properties of Bamboo Bio-based Composite Structural Members, Newcastle University
    • MEng student Oliver Spalton (MEng awarded 2020), Bio-based Structural Members for Construction, Newcastle University
    • MEng student Samuel Froggatt (MEng awarded 2020), Experimental Study on the Potential of Advanced Bio-based Composite Bamboo Elements, Newcastle University
    • BEng student Kareem Elaser (BEng awarded 2020), Experimental Study of the Optimal Curing Conditions of a Furan-Based Resin under Conventional Oven Heating, Newcastle University
    • BEng student Dominykas Talandis (BEng awarded 2020), Temperature Influence of Furfuryl Alcohol with p-Toluenesulfonic Acid, Newcastle University
    • BEng student Chloe Anne Robson (BEng awarded 2020), An Investigation into the Feasibility of Increasing the Use of Timber in the UK Construction, Newcastle University
    • BEng student Jackson Tsz Ming Ng (BEng awarded 2019), Fabrication of Innovative Advanced Composite Bamboo for Structural Applications, Newcastle University
    • BEng student Judith Abila (BEng awarded 2019), Experimental Study on Advanced Composite Bamboo Specimens, Newcastle University

    SELECTED INVITED LECTURES

    • Possible interaction between the existing transverse steel and the rehabilitating FRP shear reinforcement in RC beams strengthened with EB, NSM, ETS and L-Shaped FRP methods. International Symposium on Fiber Reinforced Polymer Reinforcement for Reinforced Concrete Structures. Belfast, UK, 2019.
    • Shear strengthening of RC beams with NSM FRP — Influencing parameters and a theoretical model. International Symposium on Fiber Reinforced Polymer Reinforcement for Reinforced Concrete Structures. Anaheim, CA, 2017.
    • An analytical model for shear rehabilitation of RC beams using near-surface mounted method CFRP composites, Structural Faults and Repair, Edinburgh, UK, 2016. 
    • How to be successful in FQRNT scholarship/fellowship applications?SKILLSETS scholarship application workshop series, McGill University, Canada, 2015.
    • End-anchorage systems to prevent EB FRP sheets debonding in shear strengthened RC beams, International Symposium on Fiber Reinforced Polymer for Reinforced Concrete Structures, Guimarães, Portugal, 2013.
    • Effect of embedment length on the performance of shear-strengthened RC beams with L-shaped CFRP plates, International Conference on Composite Materials, Montreal, Canada, 2013.
    • An investigation on RC beams strengthened in shear using the embedded through-section FRP method, International Conference on Advanced Composite Materials in Bridges and Structures, Kingstone, Canada, 2012.
    • Tests and design equations for RC beams strengthened in shear with FRP composites using embedded through-section method, American Society for Composites Technical Conference, Montreal, Canada, 2011. 
    • Performance of RC Beams strengthened in shear with embedded through-section FRP rods, Middle East Conference on Smart Monitoring, Assessment and Rehabilitation of Civil Structures, Dubai, UAE, 2010.
    • Anchorage systems to prevent debonding of externally-bonded FRP fabrics in strengthened concrete structures, Monthly Expert Talks, Iranian Concrete Institute, Tehran, Iran, 2009.

    Teaching

    UNDERGRADUATE TEACHING

    • CEG1303 - Engineering Materials (Linear Module,10 Credits), 2019 – 2020
    • CEG2301 - Structural Analysis (Linear Module,10 Credits), 2020 
    • CEG3301 - Design of Building Systems (Linear Module,10 Credits), 2020

    PREVIOUS TEACHING EXPERIENCES

    • Structural Design I, Undergraduate module for the Department of Building, Civil and Environmental Engineering, Concordia University, 2018 – 2019
    • Fundamentals of Finite Element Analysis, Cross-listed graduate and undergraduate module for the Department of Building, Civil and Environmental Engineering, Concordia University, 2018 – 2019
    • Planning and Design of BridgesCross-listed graduate and undergraduate module for the Department of Building, Civil and Environmental Engineering, Concordia University, 2018 – 2019
    • Structural Steel and Timber Design, Undergraduate module for the School of Architecture, McGill University, 2015 – 2019
    • Foundation and Concrete Design, Undergraduate module for the School of Architecture, McGill University, 2016 – 2018
    • Structures (an integrated studio-based design module), Undergraduate Course for the School of Architecture, McGill University, 2016 – 2017
    • Matrix Analysis of Structures, Cross-listed graduate and undergraduate module for the Department of Building, Civil and Environmental Engineering, Concordia University, 2016 – 2017
    • Civil Engineering Drawing and Introduction to DesignUndergraduate module for the Department of Building, Civil and Environmental Engineering, Concordia University, 2012 – 2013

    Publications