Dr Mohammad Asad

Research Fellow

Role in the Centre

As a structural engineer, Mohammad Asad develops mitigating strategies to protect structures from extreme loading events such as vehicular crashes to buildings, earthquakes, floods, and other types of impact loading. His expertise in finite element modelling, material testing, and structural testing are valuable tools for investigating the behaviour of composite materials under different loading conditions. Using these techniques, Asad is able to gain insights into how different materials and configurations perform and develop optimized solutions for specific applications.

Working with QUT’s Centre for Materials Science provides a valuable opportunity to collaborate with other experts in the field and to contribute to the development of new materials and technologies. By sharing knowledge and resources, the Centre can significantly impact the field of materials science and engineering, and help improve the safety and resilience of our built environment.

Short Biography

Asad is a Research Fellow currently working on an ARC Discovery Project on mitigating vehicular crashes into masonry buildings. The mitigation strategy uses new materials technology to prevent vehicular intrusion into the building and minimise harm to the building and vehicle occupants. He has expertise in the use of new genre materials such as Auxetics and FRP for enhancing structure performance under extreme loadings and dynamic computer modelling. Asad has disseminated his research through several Q1 Journal papers. Prior to joining QUT, he was Assistant Professor in Civil Engineering at AMU Aligarh (India). Asad has published 23 research manuscripts including 20 high impact journal papers and 5 peer reviewed conference proceedings with a H-index of 7 (Google Scholar) and a total of 164 citations which have exponentially increased during the past two year since completing his PhD.

Selected Publications

Asad M, Dhanasekar M, Zahra T, Thambiratnam D. “Characterisation of polymer cement mortar composites containing carbon fibre or auxetic fabric overlays and inserts under flexure”. Construction and Building Materials. 2019;224:863-79.

Asad M, Dhanasekar M, Zahra T, Thambiratnam D. “Impact mitigation of masonry walls with carbon fibre and Auxetic fibre composite renders–A numerical study”.  Structures: Elsevier; 2020. p. 2733-51.

Asad M, Zahra T, Thambiratnam D. “Failure of Masonry Walls under High Velocity Impact – A Numerical Study”. Engineering Structures. 2021.

Asad M, Zahra T, Thambiratnam DP, Chan TH, Zhuge Y. “Geometrically modified auxetic polyurethane foams and their potential application in impact mitigation of masonry structures”. Construction and Building Materials. 2021;311:125170.

Asad M, Zahra T, Thambiratnam DP, Chan TH, Liu X, Zhuge Y, et al. “Innovative impact testing machine for enhancing impact related research in Australia”. International Journal of Protective Structures. 2022:20414196211073502.


Mitigating vehicular crashes into building using new materials technology and advanced modelling techniques