Dr Shahab Ramhormozian

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Lecturer in Structural and Earthquake Engineering

Phone: +64 9 921 9999 ext 7631

Email: shahab.ramhormozian@aut.ac.nz

Physical Address:

Auckland University of Technology
Department of Built Environment Engineering
School of Engineering, Computer and Mathematical Sciences
WZ Building, Level 8, WZ801

Postal Address:

Auckland University of Technology
School of Engineering, Computer and Mathematical Sciences
Private Bag 92006
Auckland 1142

Qualifications:

  • PhD (Structural and Earthquake Engineering), The University of Auckland, NZ.
  • MSc (Structural Engineering), Sharif University of Technology, Iran.
  • BSc (Hons) (Civil Engineering), Kashan, Iran.

Memberships and Affiliations:

Member of

  • New Zealand Society for Earthquake Engineering (NZSEE)
  • Structural Engineering Society New Zealand (SESOC)
  • Engineering New Zealand (IPENZ)
  • Steel Construction New Zealand (SCNZ)
  • Auckland Structural Group (ASG)

Associate Investigator (AI) of:

  • NZ Center for Earthquake Resilience (QuakeCoRE)
  • International Joint Research Laboratory of Earthquake Engineering (ILEE) Robust Building Systems (ROBUST) project.

Reviewer for (all by invitation):

  • Journal of Constructional Steel Research (JCSR) (ELSEVIER)
  • Journal of Engineering structures (ELSEVIER)
  • Journal of Soil Dynamics and Earthquake Engineering (ELSEVIER)
  • Steel and Composite Structures, An International Journal
  • The Open Construction & Building Technology Journal
  • Periodica Polytechnica Mechanical Engineering
  • Journal of Zhejiang University-SCIENCE A (Springer)

Editorial Board Member of (by invitation):

  • Journal(s) Frontiers in Built Environment as the Review Editor in Earthquake Engineering

Biography:

Born to his medical doctor parents in the city of Tehran, Iran, Shahab was admitted to the Alborz High School where he received his diploma in mathematics and physics with highest distinction. He obtained his BSc (Hons) in Civil Engineering and MSc in Structural Engineering, both with highest distinction, in his home country, before coming to New Zealand in 2012, where he obtained his PhD in Structural and Earthquake Engineering.

Shahab joined AUT in 2017, where he developed the Steel Structures (ENBU706) paper. He also developed the Structural Dynamics (ENBU801) and Engineering Structures Design (ENBU800) papers in 2018, all of which were part of the successful accreditation assessment of AUT by Engineering New Zealand. Shahab also delivered the Strength of Materials (ENME610) paper as a collaboration with the Mechanical Engineering Department in 2019 and has proposed and developed the Mechanics of Construction Materials (ENBU613) paper for the Bachelor of Engineering Technology degree to be delivered from 2020. Shahab has been heavily involved in developing the new AUT labs for structural and earthquake engineering experiments. He is the Academic Health and Safety lead of these labs.

Shahab obtained his PhD from the University of Auckland (UoA), where he was also widely involved in research, teaching, and supervision for several years. His PhD was on the Sliding Hinge joint (SHJ), a successful and widely used low damage seismic resisting system for multi-storey structural steel buildings initially developed by his PhD supervisor and ongoing mentor, Associate Professor Charles Clifton. Shahab’s PhD shifted the SHJ from a successful low damage system to a no-damage system through a practical and cost effective solution to be widely implemented in practice. Shahab is acknowledged as “an exceptionally promising researcher in the field of earthquake engineering who is able to manage high quality and efficient research to reach solid practical solutions” by Professor Vincenzo Piluso, one of his PhD examiners and full Professor of Structural Engineering, Director of Department of Civil Engineering, University of Salerno, Italy. Professor Emad Gad, Professor of Structural Engineering and Dean of the School of Engineering of Swinburne University of Technology, in Melbourne, Shahab’s other PhD examiner, acknowledged his PhD thesis as “covering a broad range of topics with significant breadth and depth for each area, utilising appropriate combinations of experimental and analytical tools to develop practical conclusions”. Shahab’s PhD was nominated by the UoA Civil and Environmental Engineering department to be the recipient of the UoA 2018 best PhD Thesis Vice Chancellor award.

Part of Shahab’s PhD research proposed additions and changes to three Australia and New Zealand Steel Structures Standards (NZS3404, AS/NZS1252, and AS/NZS 5131) which were then implemented in the latter two 2016 editions.

Shahab has presented his research, by invitation, in several countries; Japan (Kyoto University), Italy (University of Salerno), Portugal (University of Coimbra), Taiwan (National Applied Research Laboratories), China (Tongji University), and extensively in New Zealand. He has published several journal and conference papers in the field of structural and earthquake engineering, and is the reviewer, by invitation, for the most prestigious international journals in the field. These include Journal of Constructional Steel Research, Engineering Structures, and Soil Dynamics and Earthquake Engineering.

Shahab has a close collaboration with key researchers at both the Universities of Auckland and Canterbury and internationally (University of Salerno, Italy, Dalian University of Technology, China, and Tongji University, China). He has been in close research collaboration with the University of Auckland (joint supervision of PhD, master, and P4P students) and teaching (Civil 714-Multi-Storey Building design and Civil 313-Structures and Design 3), through Associate Professor Charles Clifton et. al., and close research collaboration with the University of Canterbury (Associate Professor Greg MacRae et al.).

Shahab has won several national and international prestigious awards and grants from different organizations such as NZSEE, QuakeCoRE, HERA, EQC, SCNZ, the Natural Hazards Research Platform and publishers ELSEVIER.

Shahab is a very experienced musician playing the Kamancheh, a Persian traditional bowed string instrument, and has performed at different music festivals. In his second home of New Zealand, Shahab enjoys spending time in nature with his Kiwi girlfriend Emma and taking road trips in his beloved 90s Mercedes!

Teaching Areas:

  • ENBU801 Structural Dynamics
  • ENBU706 Steel Structures
  • ENBU800 Structural Engineering Design
  • ENME610 Strength of Materials I
  • ENBU613 Mechanics of Construction Materials

Research Areas:

  • Behaviour and design of steel seismic-resisting and gravity systems
  • Earthquake engineering and Structural dynamics
  • Analytical and numerical structural analysis.
  • Physical testing
  • Passive components for seismic protection
  • Low damage construction
  • Behaviour and design of composite steel and concrete elements

Publications:

Peer-reviewed journal articles:

  • Ramhormozian, S., Clifton, G. C., MacRae, G. A., Davet, G. P., & Khoo, H.-H. (2019). Experimental studies on Belleville springs use in the sliding hinge joint connection. Journal of Constructional Steel Research, 159, 81-94. doi:https://doi.org/10.1016/j.jcsr.2019.03.031.
  • Ramhormozian, S., Clifton, G. C., Latour, M., & MacRae, G. A. (2019). Proposed Simplified Approach for the Seismic Analysis of Multi-Storey Moment Resisting Framed Buildings Incorporating Friction Sliders. Buildings, doi:10.3390/buildings9050130, 9(5), 130.
  • Shahab Ramhormozian, G. Charles Clifton, Gregory A. MacRae, Hsen Han Khoo , The Sliding Hinge Joint: Final Steps towards an Optimum Low Damage Seismic-Resistant Steel System, Key Engineering Materials, Vol. 763, pp. 751-760, 2018
  • Shahab Ramhormozian, G. Charles Clifton, Gregory A. MacRae, George P. Davet,  Stiffness-Based Approach for Belleville Springs use in Friction Sliding Structural Connections, Journal of Constructional Steel Research (JCSR) 138 (2017): 340-356.
  • Khoo, Hsen‐Han, Charles Clifton, Gregory MacRae, Hao Zhou, and Shahab Ramhormozian. "Proposed design models for the asymmetric friction connection." Earthquake Engineering & Structural Dynamics 44, no. 8 (2015): 1309-1324.

Refereed conference proceedings

  • Ramhormozian, S., Clifton, G. C., Good, T., Jiang, S., & MacRae, G. A. (2019). Dynamic Time History Analysis of a Low Damage Multi-Storey Building Incorporating the Seismic Friction Dampers using a Proposed Simplified Multi Degree of Freedom (MDOF) Model: Is Self-centring Really a Concern? Paper presented at the Pacific conference on earthquake engineering, Auckland, New Zealand.
  • Yan, Z., Ramhormozian, S., Clifton, G. C., MacRae, G. A., Bagheri, H., Quenneville, P., Dhakal, R., Zhao, X., Jia, L., & Xiang, P. (2019). Shaking table test of a near full scale low damage structural steel building: structural aspects. Paper presented at the Pacific conference on earthquake engineering, Auckland, New Zealand.
  • G. MACRAE, K. RANGWANI, C. CLIFTON, R. DHAKAL, H. SOLEMANKHANI, Z. YAN, S. RAMHORMOZIAN, X. ZHAO, L-J. JIA, P. XIANG' The Robust Building System (ROBUST) ', Pacific Conference of Earthquake Engineering (PCEE), Auckland, 4-6 April 2019.
  • H, BAGHERI., A, HASHEMI., P, QUENNEVILLE., Z, YAN., C, CLIFTON.,P, ZARNANI., S, RAMHORMOZIAN., G, MACRAE., R, DHAKAL., X, ZHAO., L. J. JIA. AND P, XIANG.  Application of the Resilient Slip Friction Joint in a full-scale 3D shaking table test', Pacific Conference of Earthquake Engineering (PCEE), Auckland, 4-6 April 2019.
  • Shahab Ramhormozian, George Charles Clifton, Sian English, Samantha Fredheim, Sherif Beskhyroun, Gregory A. MacRae, Dynamic Performance Analysis and System Identification (SI) of a Low Damage Multi-Storey Structural Steel Building under two Moderately Severe Earthquake Events using Structural Health Monitoring (SHM) Data, The 2018 New Zealand Society for Earthquake Engineering (NZSEE) Annual Technical Conference. Auckland, New Zealand.
  • Ramhormozian S., Clifton G.C., MacRae G.A., Khoo H.H.. The Sliding Hinge Joint: Final Steps towards an Optimum Low Damage Seismic-Resistant Steel System, (2018) The 9th STESSA Conference on Behaviour of Steel Structures in Seismic Areas, Christchurch, New Zealand.
  • Shahab Ramhormozian, George Charles Clifton, Yoshie Takayama, Julie Lam, Gregory A. MacRae, Self-Centring Capability of the Seismic Friction Dampers: A Conceptual Study on the Static and Dynamic Self-Centring Requirements for the Single Degree of Freedom (SDOF) Asymmetric and Symmetric Friction Connections (AFC and SFC), The 2017 New Zealand Society for Earthquake Engineering (NZSEE) Annual Technical Conference. Wellington, New Zealand.
  • Shahab Ramhormozian, George Charles Clifton, Brent van Bergen, Marty White, Gregory A. MacRae, An Experimental Study on the Asymmetric Friction Connection (AFC) Optimum Installed Bolt Tension, The 2017 New Zealand Society for Earthquake Engineering (NZSEE) Annual Technical Conference. Wellington, New Zealand.
  • Shahab Ramhormozian, Shannon Abeling, Mehdi Sarrafzadeh, Harold Aquino, George Charles Clifton, The 2016 IDEERS Seismic Design World Conference and Competition: A Report by New Zealand Postgraduate Team from the University of Auckland (UoA), The 2017 New Zealand Society for Earthquake Engineering (NZSEE) Annual Technical Conference. Wellington, New Zealand.
  • Ramhormozian, S., G. C. Clifton, D. Cvitanich, S. Maetzig and G. A. Macrae (2016). Recent Developments on the Sliding Hinge Joint. The 2016 New Zealand Society for Earthquake Engineering (NZSEE) Annual Technical Conference - Reducing Risk Raising Resilience. Christchurch, New Zealand
  • Ramhormozian, S., G. C. Clifton, D. Cvitanich, S. Maetzig and G. A. Macrae (2016). Influence of the Asymmetric Friction Connection (AFC) ply configuration, surface condition, and material on the AFC sliding behaviour. The 2016 New Zealand Society for Earthquake Engineering (NZSEE) Annual Technical Conference - Reducing Risk Raising Resilience. Christchurch, New Zealand
  • Ramhormozian, S., G. C. Clifton, K. Cowie (2016). Proposed Changes on NZS 3404 Specified Part-turn Method of Tensioning High Strength Friction Grip (HSFG) Property Class 8.8 Bolts. The 2016 New Zealand Society for Earthquake Engineering (NZSEE) Annual Technical Conference - Reducing Risk Raising Resilience. Christchurch, New Zealand
  • Ramhormozian, S., Clifton, G. C., Nguyen, H., (2015). Determination of the Required Part-turn of the Nut with Respect to the Number of Free Threads at Loaded Face of the Fully Tensioned High Strength Friction Grip Property Class 8.8 Bolts. Steel Innovations Conference, Auckland, New Zealand.
  • Ramhormozian S., Clifton G.C., MacRae G.A., Khoo H.H..  (2015). The High Strength Friction Grip Property Class 8.8 Bolts: Variability of Installed Tension and Potential Resulting Effects on the Friction-type Connections’ Behaviour. New Zealand Society for Earthquake Engineering Annual Conference 2015, Rotorua, New Zealand, April 10–12, 2015.
  • Ramhormozian S., Clifton G.C., MacRae G.A., Khoo H.H.. The Optimum use of Belleville Springs in the Asymmetric Friction Connection, (2015) The 8th STESSA Conference on Behaviour of Steel Structures in Seismic Areas, Shanghai, China.
  • Ramhormozian S., Clifton G.C., MacRae G.A., Khoo H.H.. Improving the Seismic Behaviour of the Sliding Hinge Joint using Belleville Springs, (2015) The 8th STESSA Conference on Behaviour of Steel Structures in Seismic Areas, Shanghai, China.
  • Ramhormozian S., Clifton G.C., MacRae G.A..  (2014). The Asymmetric Friction Connection with Belleville Springs in the Sliding Hinge Joint. Proceedings of the New Zealand Society for Earthquake Engineering Annual Conference 2014, Auckland, New Zealand, March 21–23, 2014
  • Ramhormozian, S., Omenzetter, P., & Orense, R. (2013). A simple and rapid approach to post-earthquake assessment of bridge condition and damage. The 4th International Conference on Integrity, Reliability and Failure Funchal, Portugal.
  • Ramhormozian, S., Omenzetter, P., & Orense, R. (2013). Artificial neural networks approach to predict principal ground motion parameters for quick post-earthquake damage assessment of bridges. 2013 NZSEE Conference, Same Risks-New Realities Wellington, New Zealand.
  • Omenzetter, P., Ramhormozian, S., Mangabhai, P., Singh, R., & Orense, R. (2013). A framework for rapid post-earthquake assessment of bridges and restoration of transportation network functionality using structural health monitoring. In J. P. Lynch, C. B. Yun, K. W. Wang (Eds.) Proceedings of SPIE, 8692 San Diego, California, USA: Society of Photo Optical Instrumentation Engineers.

Report:

  • Ramhormozian, S., G. C. Clifton, K. Cowie and H. Nguyen (2015). Determination of the Required Part-turn of the Nut with Respect to the Number of Free Threads Under the Loaded Face of the Nut in Fully Tensioned High Strength Friction Grip Property Class 8.8 Bolts. Steel Construction New Zealand (SCNZ), University of Auckland (UoA).

Workshop paper:

Ramhormozian, S., G. C. Clifton, (2016). Enhancing the Seismic Performance of the Sliding Hinge Joint Using Belleville Springs. The 2016 DPRI-QuakeCoRE Student Forum - 26-27 February. Kyoto, Japan.

Awards:

  • 2019 - Heavy Engineering Research Association (HERA) grant for the design guideline to be implemented in practice for low damage seismic resisting systems. (15K)
  • 2019 - AUT academics contestable conference grant to present at the 12th Pacific Structural Steel Conference (PSSC2019), Tokyo, Japan. (3.5K)
  • 2018 - Outstanding reviewer award of the Q1 ranked Elsevier BV Journal of Constructional Steel Research (JCSR).
  • 2018 - Outstanding reviewer award of the Q1 ranked Elsevier Ltd. Engineering Structures journal.
  • 2018 - Outstanding reviewer award of the Q1 ranked Elsevier Ltd. Soil Dynamics and Earthquake Engineering journal.
  • 2018 - Nominated by the UoA Civil and Environmental Engineering department to be the recipient of the UoA 2018 best PhD Thesis Vice Chancellor award.
  • 2016-17 NZ Center for Earthquake Resilience (QuakeCoRE) PhD scholarship Award. ($35K)
  • 2017 - UoA A* journal publication Award. (1.5K)
  • 2013-2017 - Earthquake Commission (EQC) grant (Co-PI) for the SHJ experiments and research activities. ($45K)
  • 2016 - New Zealand Society for Earthquake Engineering (NZSEE) Research Scholarship Award. ($5K)
  • 2016 – The University of Auckland Residential Excellence Award for demonstrating the academic excellence.
  • 2016 - EQC overseas international conference/competition travel grant for the 2016 IDEERS conference/competition in Taipei, Taiwan. ($2K)
  • 2016 - Reaching the fifth place in IDEERS earthquake engineering world conference/competition.
  • 2013-14-15 - UoA CEE PhD departmental scholarship.($70K)
  • 2015 - Best poster paper award of the 2015 New Zealand Society for Earthquake Engineering (NZSEE) conference. ($500)
  • 2015 - EQC overseas international conference travel grant for the 8th STESSA conference in Shanghai, China. ($3K)
  • 2015 - Steel Construction New Zealand (SCNZ) research grant (Co-PI). ($8K)
  • 2012-13 Natural Hazard Research Platform (NHRP) PhD scholarship Award. ($45K)
  • First place for the 2013 UoA music talent quest.
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