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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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 and the CRC-P for Advanced Manufacturing of High Performance Building Façade Systems.

The APTES Group led by Prof 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. His group has been working closely with industry and government organisations to carry out research and consulting work in these areas. 

Prof 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.

Prof 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. 

Prof Ngo 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). The national and international research interactions have given Prof 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. 

Prof 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.   

Prof Ngo is the winner of the 2013 Eureka Prize for Outstanding Science in Safeguarding Australia. He received the Safeguarding Australia Award for Best Contribution to National Security Technology Research in 2011. He also received the Award for Excellence in Concrete by the Concrete Institute of Australia-Vic Branch in 2017 and the University of Melbourne Excellence Award for Industry-engaged Research.

Research expertise:
- 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. Sinaie S, Ngo T, Vinh PN. A discrete element model of concrete for cyclic loading. COMPUTERS & STRUCTURES. Pergamon-Elsevier Science. 2018, Vol. 196. DOI: 10.1016/j.compstruc.2017.11.014
  2. Chau KN, Chau KN, Ngo T, Hackl K, Nguyen-Xuan H. A polytree-based adaptive polygonal finite element method for multi-material topology optimization. COMPUTER METHODS IN APPLIED MECHANICS AND ENGINEERING. Elsevier Science. 2018, Vol. 332. DOI: 10.1016/j.cma.2017.07.035
  3. Ngo D, Kashani A, Imbalzano G, Nguyen T, Hui D. Additive manufacturing (3D printing): A review of materials, methods, applications and challenges. COMPOSITES PART B-ENGINEERING. Elsevier. 2018, Vol. 143. DOI: 10.1016/j.compositesb.2018.02.012
  4. Thalpe Guruge P, Samarasinghe T, Gunawardena D, Nguyen T, Mendis P, Ngo D, Aye L. An optimum construction strategy for multi-story residential prefabricated modular buildings. Proceedings of Zero Energy Mass Custom Home 2018. 2018.
  5. Ren X, Das R, Phuong T, Ngo T, Xie YM. Auxetic metamaterials and structures: a review. SMART MATERIALS AND STRUCTURES. Institute of Physics Publishing. 2018, Vol. 27, Issue 2. DOI: 10.1088/1361-665X/aaa61c
  6. Ren X, Shen J, Phuong T, Ngo T, Xie YM. Auxetic nail: Design and experimental study. COMPOSITE STRUCTURES. Pergamon. 2018, Vol. 184. DOI: 10.1016/j.compstruct.2017.10.013
  7. Imbalzano G, Linforth S, Ngo D, Lee P, Phuong T. Blast resistance of auxetic and honeycomb sandwich panels: Comparisons and parametric designs. COMPOSITE STRUCTURES. Pergamon. 2018, Vol. 183. DOI: 10.1016/j.compstruct.2017.03.018
  8. Lee H, Vimonsatit V, Chindaprasirt P, Ngo T, Mendis P. Creep properties of cement and alkali activated fly ash materials using nanoindentation technique. CONSTRUCTION AND BUILDING MATERIALS. Elsevier BV. 2018, Vol. 168. DOI: 10.1016/j.conbuildmat.2018.02.166
  9. Phuong T, Linforth S, Ngo D, Lumantarna R, Nguyen T. Design analysis of hybrid composite anti-ram bollard subjected to impulsive loadings. COMPOSITE STRUCTURES. Pergamon. 2018, Vol. 189. DOI: 10.1016/j.compstruct.2018.01.093
  10. Ren X, Shen J, Phuong T, Ngo D, Xie YM. Design and characterisation of a tuneable 3D buckling-induced auxetic metamaterial. MATERIALS & DESIGN. Elsevier. 2018, Vol. 139. DOI: 10.1016/j.matdes.2017.11.025
  11. Kashani A, Ngo D, Hemachandra P, Hajimohammadi A. Effects of surface treatments of recycled tyre crumb on cement-rubber bonding in concrete composite foam. CONSTRUCTION AND BUILDING MATERIALS. Elsevier BV. 2018, Vol. 171. DOI: 10.1016/j.conbuildmat.2018.03.163
  12. Hajimohammadi A, Ngo T, Mendis P. Enhancing the strength of pre-made foams for foam concrete applications. CEMENT & CONCRETE COMPOSITES. Pergamon. 2018, Vol. 87. DOI: 10.1016/j.cemconcomp.2017.12.014
  13. Walkley B, Kashani A, Sani M, Ngo T, Mendis P. Examination of alkali-activated material nanostructure during thermal treatment. JOURNAL OF MATERIALS SCIENCE. Springer. 2018, Vol. 53, Issue 13. DOI: 10.1007/s10853-018-2270-z
  14. Nguyen T, Ngo D, Tran P, Mendis P, Aye L, Baduge SK. Fire resistance of a prefabricated bushfire bunker using aerated concrete panels. Construction and Building Materials. Elsevier BV. 2018, Vol. 174. DOI: 10.1016/j.conbuildmat.2018.04.065
  15. Hajimohammadi A, Ngo T, Kashani A. Glass waste versus sand as aggregates: The characteristics of the evolving geopolymer binders. Journal of Cleaner Production. Elsevier. 2018, Vol. 193. DOI: 10.1016/j.jclepro.2018.05.086

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