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 Geotechnics & Structures (GEST) 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 interest cover areas of Advanced Composites for Construction, Innovative Construction Materials, Design and Rehabilitation of Structures, and Smart Health Monitoring of Structures.

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

  • GEST Postgraduate PGR Selector
  • Member of Application Committee for PhD students of DRSR (Équipe de développement et recherche en structures et rehabilitation), University of Quebec (ÉTS), 2014 – 2018

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 the strengthening solutions with advanced composites by introducing bio-based environmental-friendly advanced composite systems to strengthen existing structures.


    PREVIOUS RESEARCH SUPERVISION

    • 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, 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

    SELECTED INVITED LECTURES

    • 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 1303 (10 Credits)

    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

    • Mofidi A, Cheng L, Chaallal O, Shao Y. Shear strengthening of RC beams with NSM FRP—Influencing parameters and a theoretical model. American Concrete Institute Special Publication 2018, 327, 31.1-31.16.
    • Mofidi A, Chaallal O, Cheng L, Shao Y. Investigation of Near Surface–Mounted Method for Shear Rehabilitation of Reinforced Concrete Beams Using Fiber Reinforced–Polymer Composites. Journal of Composites for Construction 2016, 20(2), 04015048.
    • Mofidi A, Chaallal O. Tests and design provisions for reinforced-concrete beams strengthened in shear using FRP sheets and strips. International Journal of Concrete Structures and Materials 2014, 8(2), 60.
    • Mofidi A, Chaallal O. Effect of Steel Stirrups on Shear Resistance Gain Due to Externally Bonded Fiber-Reinforced Polymer Strips and Sheets. American Concrete Institute Structural Journal 2014, 111(2), 353-362.
    • Mofidi A, Chaallal O, Shao Y. Analytical Design Model for Reinforced-Concrete Beams Strengthened in Shear Using L-Shaped CFRP Plates. Journal of Composites for Construction 2014, 18(1).
    • Mofidi A, Thivierge S, Chaallal O, Shao Y. Behavior of reinforced concrete beams strengthened in shear using L-shaped CFRP plates: Experimental investigation. Journal of Composites for Construction 2014, 18(2).
    • Mofidi A, Chaallal O. Reinforced-Concrete Beams Retrofitted in Shear With Externally-Bonded Fibre-Reinforced Polymer: Development of a Design Model. Australian Journal of Structural Engineering 2014, 15(4), 407-417.
    • Mofidi A, Chaallal O, Benmokrane B, Neale K. Experimental Tests and Design Model for RC Beams Strengthened in Shear Using the Embedded Through-Section FRP Method. Journal of Composites for Construction 2012, 16(5), 540-550.
    • Mofidi A, Chaallal O, Benmokrane B, Neale K. Performance of end-anchorage systems for RC beams strengthened in shear with epoxy-bonded FRP. Journal of Composites for Construction 2012, 16(3), 322-331.
    • Mofidi A, Chaallal O. Renforcement à l’effort tranchant des poutres en béton armé à l’aide de matériaux composites collés en surface: Avancées et perspectives pour la norme CSA-S806. Canadian Journal of Civil Engineering 2011, 38(5), 556-569.
    • Mofidi A, Chaallal O. Shear strengthening of RC beams with EB FRP: Influencing factors and conceptual debonding model. Journal of Composites for Construction 2011, 15(1), 62-74.
    • Mofidi A, Chaallal O. Shear strengthening of RC beams with externally bonded FRP composites: Effect of strip-width-to-strip-spacing ratio. Journal of Composites for Construction 2011, 15(5), 732-742.
    • Galal K, Mofidi A. Shear Strengthening of RC T-Beams Using Mechanically Anchored Unbonded Dry Carbon Fiber Sheets. Journal of Performance of Constructed Facilities 2010, 24(1), 31-39.
    • Rahmatian A, Roy T.B, Mofidi A, Bagchi A, Nokken M. Long Term Performance Monitoring of GFRP-Reinforced Concrete Beams using Sensor-Mounted Supplemental Rebars under Harsh Environmental Conditions. Journal of Civil Structural Health Monitoring 2019. In Press.
    • Mofidi A, Cheng L, Chaallal O, Shao Y. Near-Surface Mounted FRP Reinforcement for Shear Strengthening of RC Beams: Key Parameters and Theoretical Design Model. 2019. In Preparation.
    • Mofidi A. Advanced Composites for Shear-Strengthening of Concrete Beams : New Design Models and Rehabilitation Methods. LAP LAMBERT Academic Publishing, 2015.
    • Mofidi A. Reinforced Concrete Beams Retrofitting in Flexure and Shear with FRP: New Anchorage Systems to Prevent FRP Debonding. LAP LAMBERT Academic Publishing, 2014.
    • Mofidi A, Cheng L, Chaallal O, Shao Y. Analytical Model for Shear Rehabilitation of R.C. Beams using Near-Surface Mounted Method CFRP Composites. In: Structural Faults and Repair. 2016, Edinburgh, UK.
    • Mofidi A, Thivierge S, Chaallal O, Shao Y. Effect of Embedment Length on the Performance of Shear-Strengthened RC Beams with L-Shaped CFRP Plates. In: The 19th International Conference on Composite Materials. 2013.
    • Mofidi A, Thivierge S, Chaallal O, Shao Y. The Embedment Length Effect on Reinforced Concrete Beams Strengthened in Shear using L-Shaped CFRP Plates. In: The 2nd Conference on Smart Monitoring, Assessment and Rehabilitation of Civil Structures. 2013.
    • Mofidi A, Chaallal O, Benmokrane B, Neale K. End-Anchorage Systems to Prevent EB FRP Sheets Debonding in Shear Strengthened RC Beams. In: The 11th International Symposium on Fiber Reinforced Polymer for Reinforced Concrete Structures. 2013.
    • Mofidi A, Chaallal O, Benmokrane E, Neale K. An Investigation on RC Beams Strengthened in Shear Using the Embedded Through-Section FRP Method. In: The 6th International Conference on Advanced Composite Materials in Bridges and Structures. 2012.
    • Mofidi A, Chaallal O. Behaviour and Capacity of RC Beams Strengthened in Shear using Embedded Through-Section FRP Rod Method. In: The 19th McGill Civil Engineering Graduate Students Society Conference. 2012.
    • Mofidi A, Chaallal O, Benmokrane E, Neale K. Performance and Comparison of End-Anchorage Systems for RC Beams Strengthened in Shear with U-Wrap EB FRP. In: The 6th International Conference on FRP Composites in Civil Engineering. 2012, Rome, Italy.
    • Mofidi A, Chaallal O. Shear Strengthening of RC Beams with EB FRP: Evolutive Model versus Code. In: The 10th International Symposium on Fiber Reinforced Polymer Reinforcement for Reinforced Concrete Structures. 2011.
    • Mofidi A, Chaallal O. Tests and Design Equations for RC Beams Strengthened in Shear with FRP Composites Using Embedded Through-Section Method. In: The 26th ASC Annual Technical Conference / The Second Joint US-Canada Conference on Composites. 2011.
    • Chaallal O, Mofidi A, Benmokrane B, Neale K. Embedded through-section FRP rod method for shear strengthening of RC beams: Performance and comparison with existing techniques. Journal of Composites for Construction 2011, 15(3), 374-383.
    • Mofidi A, Chaallal O. A New Theoretical FRP Debonding Model in Shear Strengthening of Reinforced Concrete Beams with Externally Bonded FRP Sheets. In: Seminar on Strengthening of Structures by Iranian Society of Structural Engineers and Iranian Concrete Institute. 2010.
    • Mofidi A, Chaallal O. Performance of RC Beams Strengthened in Shear with Embedded Through-Section FRP Rods. In: First Middle East Conference on Smart Monitoring, Assessment and Rehabilitation of Civil Structures. 2010.
    • Galal K, Mofidi A. Strengthening RC beams in flexure using new hybrid FRP sheet/ductile anchor system. Journal of Composites for Construction 2009, 13(3), 217–225.
    • Galal K, Mofidi A. Increasing Shear Capacity of RC T-Beams using Mechanically-Anchored Unbonded FRP Sheets. In: The Canadian Society for Civil Engineering Annual Conference. 2008.
    • Mofidi A, Galal K. New Optimized Application of CFRP Sheets for Strengthening RC T-beams in Shear and Flexure using hybrid FRP Sheet/Anchor System. In: The Canadian Conference of Effective Design of Structures. 2008. In Preparation.
    • Galal K, Mofidi A. Use of Hybrid FRP Sheet/Ductile Anchor System for Increasing the Flexural Capacity and Ductility of RC Beams. In: The Canadian Society for Civil Engineering Annual Conference. 2008.