Professor Tommy Chan

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Professor in Civil Engineering

Role in the Centre

As a structural engineer, Prof Tommy Chan’s research involves using new materials technology along with innovative designs to deliver safe and efficient infrastructure (bridges, transport tunnels, vulnerable buildings, pipelines, railway tracks, etc.) Prof Chan is also an internationally renowned expert in the field of structural health monitoring (SHM). SHM refers to a non-destructive structural evaluation process for tracking and assessing the safety and performance of the structure using an on-structure and/or on-site sensing system. As a result, it will help to ensure the safety and efficiency of structures as well as extend their life spans by monitoring their health condition and consequently adopting appropriate maintenance actions. Because of this, the latest Australian Bridge Design Standards, AS5100, which was released in March 2017 included a section on SHM, which was drafted by Prof Chan. SHM installed widely on various structures could also help to provide testbeds for the studies of the performance of new materials for construction to improve future designs as well as the repair and rehabilitation of existing structures. As the President of Australian Network of Structural Health Monitoring (ANSHM), Prof Chan could also help the Centre to collaborate with the national experts in various areas of research within the field of SHM in the research areas related to the QUT Centre of Materials Science.

Short Biography

Prof Tommy Chan is a Full Professor of Civil Engineering in the School of Civil and Environmental Engineering at QUT. Prof Chan has been actively involved in carrying out research on bridges including constructive materials for structures. He has published over 300 technical articles and has over a quarter of century experience in Structural Health Monitoring (SHM) of various significant long span bridges in Hong Kong and mainland China. His research and consultancy work on the four cable supported bridges in Hong Kong could be dated back as early as their construction. He is also a professional engineer and Fellow of the Hong Kong Institute of Engineers. He is the founding Chair and President of ANSHM (the Australian Network of Structural Health Monitoring). Besides SHM, bridge engineering and innovative constructive materials, his research interests also include structural dynamics, Moving Force Identification, optical fiber sensors, and Weigh-in-Motion Studies. He has been successful in securing four HK RGC CER Grants (equivalent to ARC grants), five ARC Grants and three CRC Grants.

Selected Publications

“Durability of CFRP strengthened circular hollow steel members under cold weather: Experimental and numerical investigation” Kabir, M.H.; Fawzia, S.; Chan, T.H.T. Construction and Building Materials 2016, 123, 372-383.

“Durability of CFRP strengthened steel circular hollow section member exposed to sea water” Kabir, M.H.; Fawzia, S.; Chan, T.H.T.; Badawi, M. Construction and Building Materials 2016, 118, 216-225.

“Numerical studies on CFRP strengthened steel circular members under marine environment” Kabir, M.H.; Fawzia, S.; Chan, T.H.T.; Badawi, M. Materials and Structures 2016, 49(10), 4201–4216.

“Comparative durability study of CFRP strengthened tubular steel members under cold weather” Kabir, M.H.; Fawzia, S.; Chan, T.H.T.; Gamage, J.C.P.H. Materials and Structures 2016, 49(5), 1761-1774.

“Modelling of masonry walls rendered with auxetic foam layers against vehicular impacts” Dhanasekar, M.; Thambiratnam, D.P.; Chan, T.H.T.; Sarkar, N.E.K.; Zahra, T. Proceedings of the 16th International Brick and Block Masonry Conference (IBMAC 2016), In Modena, C.; da Porto, F.; and Valluzzi, M.R. (ed), Padova, Italy, 2016, 977-983.