Associate Professor Tuan Ngo

  • Room: Level: 03 Room: 323
  • Building: Engineering Block C
  • Campus: Parkville

Research Interests

  • Civil and Structural Engineering
  • Disaster Mitigation
  • Security and Protective Engineering
  • Sustainable Buildings and Infrastructure

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A/Prof Tuan Ngo is the Director of the Advanced Protective Technologies for Engineering Structures (APTES) Group at the University of Melbourne. He is also the Research Director of the ARC Centre for Advanced Manufacturing of Prefabricated Housing and Leader of the CRC-P for Innovative Prefabricated Building Systems.
The APTES Group led by Dr Ngo is recognised as one of the leading centres in advanced materials & structural systems, and physical infrastructure protection in Australia and the Asia Pacific region. Dr Ngo's group has been working closely with industry and government organisations to carry out research and consulting work in these areas.
Dr Ngo has made a significant contribution to research in vulnerability modelling of critical infrastructure, particularly in the area of assessment of the effects of natural and technical hazards on buildings and infrastructure. He is recognised as an expert in protective technologies for protecting critical infrastructure by many government organisations and industry.
Dr Ngo has been involved in many projects to provide security assessment, risk modelling and protection solutions. These projects include design and strengthening of high-rise structures, government buildings, embassies, airports, bridges, tunnels, power stations and critical industrial facilities in Australia and overseas.
Dr Ngo has played a key role in the PrefabAUS, a peak industry body, involving more than 180 companies in the prefabricated manufacturing of modular buildings. He has carried out significant research collaborations with industry and government agencies to perform large-scale experiments of prefabricated modular components of building structures (facades, wall panels and floor slab systems). He is leading the ARC Centre for Advanced Manufacturing of Prefabricated Housing funded by ARC and industry. The national and international research interactions have given Dr Ngo widespread recognition amongst the scientific community and industry as an expert in design and manufacturing of building components and systems using high performance materials.
Dr Ngo is leading a team of researchers in Protective Armoured Systems of the Defence Material Technology Centre (DMTC). His team has developed novel material testing and characterisation techniques and a multi-scale simulation framework for modelling ultra-high strength armour materials and vehicle structural components subjected to extreme mine blasts and ballistic attacks.  As a result of tis research Dr Ngo and his research team received the national Capability Improvement Award at the DMTC conference in 2014. 
The research team led by Dr Ngo has been working closely with the Thales Group to develop a unique structural optimisation algorithm to reduce weight and increase mobility for the military vehicles. Dr Ngo has also developed new innovative hybrid composite structures which can significantly enhance the protection of vehicles, structures and human against shocks and impacts.
Dr Ngo is the winner of the 2013 Eureka Prize for Outstanding Science in Safeguarding Australia. He also received the Safeguarding Australia Award for Best Contribution to National Security Technology Research in 2011. 

Research interests
- Prefabricated modular buildings
- Extreme loadings: blast, impact and fire
- High strength concrete
- Wind engineering and computational fluid dynamics
- Modelling urban systems and design of sustainable precincts

Recent publications

  1. Huu-Tai T, Trung-Kien N, Vo TP, Ngo T. A new simple shear deformation plate theory. COMPOSITE STRUCTURES. Pergamon. 2017, Vol. 171.
  2. Kashani A, Ngo T, Mendis P, Black J, Hajimohammadi A. A sustainable application of recycled tyre crumbs as insulator in lightweight cellular concrete. JOURNAL OF CLEANER PRODUCTION. Elsevier. 2017, Vol. 149.
  3. Hajimohammadi A, Ngo T, Mendis P, Kashani A, Van Deventer JSJ. Alkali activated slag foams: The effect of the alkali reaction on foam characteristics. JOURNAL OF CLEANER PRODUCTION. Elsevier. 2017, Vol. 147.
  4. Tran P, Ngo T, Ghazlan A, Hui D. Bimaterial 3D printing and numerical analysis of bio-inspired composite structures under in-plane and transverse loadings. COMPOSITES PART B-ENGINEERING. Elsevier. 2017, Vol. 108.
  5. Atazadeh B, Kalantari Soltanieh S, Rajabifard A, Ho S, Ngo T. Building Information Modelling for High-rise Land Administration. TRANSACTIONS IN GIS. Blackwell. 2017, Vol. 21, Issue 1.
  6. Ong BL, Fryd O, Hes D, Ngo T, Aye L. Chapter 12 Green Plot Ratio and MUtopia: The integration of green infrastructure into an ecological model for cities. Growing Compact: Urban Form, Density and Sustainability. Routledge - Taylor & Francis. 2017. Editors: Bay JHP, Lehmann S.
  7. Wijayasundara M, Mendis P, Ngo T. Comparative assessment of the benefits associated with the absorption of CO2 with the use of RCA in structural concrete. JOURNAL OF CLEANER PRODUCTION. Elsevier. 2017, Vol. 158.
  8. Rupasinghe M, Mendis P, Ngo T, Sofi M. Compressive strength prediction of nano-silica incorporated cement systems based on a multiscale approach. MATERIALS & DESIGN. Elsevier. 2017, Vol. 115.
  9. Nguyen TT, Bui HH, Ngo T, Nguyen GD. Experimental and numerical investigation of influence of air-voids on the compressive behaviour of foamed concrete. MATERIALS & DESIGN. Elsevier. 2017, Vol. 130.
  10. Remennikov A, Ngo T, Mohotti D, Uy B, Netherton M. Experimental investigation and simplified modeling of response of steel plates subjected to close-in blast loading from spherical liquid explosive charges. INTERNATIONAL JOURNAL OF IMPACT ENGINEERING. Pergamon. 2017, Vol. 101.
  11. Almusallam T, Al-Salloum Y, Ngo T, Mendis P, Abbas H. Experimental investigation of progressive collapse potential of ordinary and special moment-resisting reinforced concrete frames. MATERIALS AND STRUCTURES. Springer. 2017, Vol. 50, Issue 2.
  12. Nafari RH, Amadio M, Ngo T, Mysiak J. Flood loss modelling with FLF-IT: a new flood loss function for Italian residential structures. NATURAL HAZARDS AND EARTH SYSTEM SCIENCES. Copernicus GmBH. 2017, Vol. 17, Issue 7.
  13. Hajimohammadi A, Ngo T, Mendis P. How does aluminium foaming agent impact the geopolymer formation mechanism?. CEMENT & CONCRETE COMPOSITES. Pergamon. 2017, Vol. 80.
  14. Ghazlan A, Ngo T, Tran P. Influence of geometric and material parameters on the behavior of nacreous composites under quasi-static loading. Composite Structures. Pergamon. 2017.
  15. Rupasinghe M, San Nicolas R, Mendis P, Sofi M, Ngo T. Investigation of strength and hydration characteristics in nano-silica incorporated cement paste. CEMENT & CONCRETE COMPOSITES. Pergamon. 2017, Vol. 80.

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