Ali Abbas

Dr Ali Abbas

Senior Lecturer

Numerical and Experimental Modelling of Structural Systems, Behaviour and design of Concrete Structures, Concrete Ground-Floor Slabs (such as Industrial Floors, Road and Airfield Pavements), Fibre-Reinforced Concrete, Seismic and Impact Modelling

Department of Engineering & Construction , School of Architecture Computing and Engineering (ACE)

Senior Lecturer in Structural Engineering and Programme Leader for MSc/PGDip Programmes in Civil and Structural Engineering 

Qualifications

  • PhD in Civil Engineering (Structural Engineering), from Imperial College London

Areas Of Interest

 Numerical and Experimental Modelling of Structural Systems, Behaviour and design of Concrete Structures, Concrete Ground-Floor Slabs (such as Industrial Floors, Road and Airfield Pavements), Fibre-Reinforced Concrete, Seismic and Impact Modelling

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OVERVIEW

Dr Ali Abbas is a Senior Lecturer in Structural Engineering and Programme Leader for MSc/PGDip Programmes in Civil and Structural Engineering. He has a broad interest in structural analysis and design and has led successful research projects in this field.

He joined UEL in September 2010 and prior to that was a Lecturer at the Department of Civil and Environmental Engineering at Imperial College London since 2005. He completed his PhD research project at Imperial College London in 2002 and spent over three years in industry working on a variety of engineering projects with Atkins Consultants.

He is a Fellow of the Higher Education Academy and is also the school's Student Liaison Officer with the Institution of Structural Engineers.

Dr Abbas has been active in publication in highly-regarded journals such as the Proceedings of the ICE (Structures & Buildings), Engineering Structures, Computers & Structures and Magazine of Concrete Research. He has published in proceedings of international peer-reviewed conferences (e.g. Computational Methods in Structural Dynamics COMPDYN). He has also published a book chapter.

CURRENT RESEARCH

 

Dr Abbas has a wide practical experience in the analysis and design of structures, encompassing numerical modelling and experimental work. He has over 20 publications in leading journals and international conference proceedings. The overriding aim is improving current design guidelines. A major current interest is the non-linear finite-element modelling of concrete structures. He also has a special interest in fibre-reinforced concrete structures under monotonic, seismic and impact conditions and is currently investigating its application to pile-supported and suspended slabs as well as studying recycled light-weight aggregate concrete. A further interest is on earthquake engineering. He has also carried out seminal research work on concrete industrial ground-floor slabs.

Areas of Interest and Expertise

  • Numerical and Experimental Modelling of Structural Systems
  • Behaviour and design of Concrete Structures
  • Concrete Ground-Floor Slabs (such as Industrial Floors, Road and Airfield Pavements)
  • Fibre-Reinforced Concrete
  • Seismic and Impact Modelling (of Reinforced-Concrete and Fibre-Reinforced Concrete      

PUBLICATIONS

Peer Reviewed Journal Papers

J1. Abbas, A A, Syed Mohsin, S, Cotsovos, A simplified finite element model for assessing steel fibre reinforced concrete structural performance, Computers and Structures, 2016, DOI: http://dx.doi.org/10.1016/j.compstruc.2016.05.017

J2. Abbas, A A, Syed Mohsin, S, Cotsovos, D M, Ruiz-Teran, A M, Statically-indeterminate SFRC columns under cyclic loads, Advances in Structural Engineering, Oct. 2014, Vol. 17, No. 10, pp. 1403-1417, DOI: http://dx.doi.org/10.1260/1369-4332.17.10.1403

J3. Abbas, A A, Syed Mohsin, S, Cotsovos, D M, Ruiz-Teran, A M, Shear behaviour of SFRC simply-supported beams, ICE Proc Structures and Buildings, Sep. 2014, Vol. 167, No. SB9, pp. 544-558, DOI:10.1680/stbu.12.00068

J4. Abbas, A A, Syed Mohsin, S, Cotsovos, D M, Seismic response of steel fibre reinforced concrete beam-column joints, Engineering Structures, Feb 2014, Vol. 59, pp. 261-283, DOI:10.1016/j.engstruct.2013.10.046

J5. Abbas, A A, Syed Mohsin, S, Cotsovos, D M, Nonlinear analysis of statically-indeterminate SFRC columns, Structural Concrete, Vol 15, No. 1, pp. 1-12, March 2014, DOI: 10.1002/suco.201300004

J6. Abbas, A A, Pullen, A D, Cotsovos, D M, Structural response of RC wide beams under low-rate and impact loading, Magazine of Concrete Research, 2010, Vol. 62, No 10, pp. 723-740. 

J7. Pullen, A D, Abbas, A A, Experimental investigations of partially-damaged RC beams and columns, Structural Concrete, 2010, Vol. 11, No. 3, pp. 139-148.

J8. Abbas, A A, Pavlovic, M N, Kotsovos, M D, Discussion: Elastic analysis of ground-floor slabs under multiple loads, ICE Proc. Structures and Buildings, 2008, Vol. 161, No. SB1, pp. 41-41

J9. Abbas, A A, Pavlovic, M N, Kotsovos, M D, Post-elastic behaviour of ground-floor slabs Part 1: Plain-concrete slabs, Magazine of Concrete Research, 2007, Vol 59, No. 6, pp. 387-400

J10. Abbas, A A, Pavlovic, M N, Kotsovos, M D, Post-elastic behaviour of ground-floor slabs. Part 2: Fabric-reinforced concrete slabs, Magazine of Concrete Research, 2007, Vol. 59, No. 6, pp. 401-411

J11. Abbas, A A, Pavlovic, M N, Kotsovos, M D, Elastic analysis of ground-floor slabs under multiple loads, ICE Proc Structures and Buildings, 2007, Vol. 160, No. SB3, pp. 151-164

J12. Abbas, A A, Pavlovic, M N, Kotsovos, M D, Aisle-width considerations in ground-floor slabs, Structural Concrete, 2007, Vol. 8, No. 3, pp. 125-131 J13. Abbas, A A, Pavlovic, MN, Kotsovos, MD, Permissible-stress design of ground-floor slabs, ICE Proc. Structures and Buildings, 2004, Vol. 157, No. SB6, pp. 369-384.

Book Chapters

B1. Abbas, A A, Pavlovic, M N, Kotsovos, M D, Recent advances in the design of industrial ground-floor slabs with special emphasis on permissible deformations, Book Chapter 7, in Structural Materials and Engineering, Nova Science Publishers, New York, 2009, pp. 245-279, ISBN: 978-1606929278.

Conference Proceedings

C1. Pegah , Abbas, A A, Cotsovos, D M, FE modelling of SFRC beams under impact loads, ECCOMAS Congress 2016 VII European Congress on Computational Methods in Applied Sciences and Engineering, M. Papadrakakis, V. Papadopoulos, G. Stefanou, V. Plevris (eds.), Crete Island, Greece, 5–10 June 2016.

C2. Abbas, A A, Cotsovos, D M, Numerical investigation of the behaviour of RC wide beams under impact loads, COMPDYN 2015 5th International Conference on Computational Methods in Structural Dynamics and Earthquake Engineering, M. Papadrakakis, V. Papadopoulos, V. Plevris (eds.), Crete Island, Greece, 25–27 May 2015.

C3. Abbas, A A, Syed Mohsin, S, Cotsovos, D M, Steel-fibre-reinforced concrete beams under cyclic loads, 8th RILEM International Symposium on Fibre-Reinforced Concrete BEFIB2012, J. Barros et al. (eds.), Guimarães, Portugal, 19-21 September 2012.

C4. Syed Mohsin, S, Abbas, A A, Cotsovos, D M, Shear Behaviour of Steel- fibre-reinforced concrete beams, 11th International Conference on Concrete Engineering and Technology 2012, Putrajaya, Malaysia, 12-14 June 2012.

C5. Abbas, A A, Cotsovos, D M, Pullen, A D, Wide RC beams under low and high loading rates, 9th HSTAM International Congress on Mechanics, Limassol, Cyprus, 12-14 July 2010.

C6. Abbas, A A, Syed Mohsin, S, Cotsovos, D M, A comparative study on modelling approaches for fibre-reinforced concrete, 9th HSTAM International Congress on Mechanics, Limassol, Cyprus, 12-14 July 2010.

C7. Abbas, A A, Syed Mohsin, S, Cotsovos, D M, Numerical modelling of fibre-reinforced concrete, The International Conference on Computing in Civil and Building Engineering icccbe 2010, University of Nottingham, June 30- July 2 2010.

C8. Cotsovos, D M, Zeris, C A, Abbas, A A, Finite element modelling of structural concrete, Computational Methods in Structural Dynamics COMPDYN 2009, Rhodes, 22-24 June 2009.

C9. Abbas, A A, Analysis and design of industrial ground-floor slabs using the finite element method, Young Researchers Conference, IStructE, 2001. 

TEACHING

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MODULES

  • EG7005 Design in Steel and Concrete
  • EG7006 Advanced Structural Analysis
  • EG7011 MSc Research Dissertations Co-ordinator 
  • EG6101 Analysis and Design of Structures