Professor Yu (Barry) Bai

Professor Yu (Barry) Bai

Director of International Affairs, Professor in Structural Engineering
Department of Civil Engineering
Room 128, 23 College Walk (B60), Clayton Campus

Prof. Yu Bai works in the Department of Civil Engineering of Faculty of Engineering at Monash University. He received his B.E and M.E from Tsinghua University China and Ph.D from the Swiss Federal Institute of Technology Lausanne EPFL Switzerland.  His Research interests include:
Composite structures; Structural connections; Modular construction; Fiber-reinforced materials and structures; Structural adhesives and adhesive bonding; Material and structural responses under critical load conditions.

Qualifications

  • BE, Tsinghua University
  • ME, Tsinghua University
  • PHD, Swiss Federal Institute of Technology Lausanne EPFL

Research Interests

Composite structures; Fiber-reinforced materials and structures; Structural adhesives and adhesively-bonded structures; Material and structural responses under critical load conditions.

Research Projects

Current projects

ARC Raining Centre for Advanced Manufacturing of Prefabricated Housing

The ARC Training Centre for Advanced Manufacturing of Prefabricated Housing will train the next generation of industry professionals, enable industry, with world-leading research capability to develop and apply new materials,
processes and technologies that will create new products, processes and business models. These will enable the prefabricated building industry to produce innovative, high value, high knowledge and customer specific building products required in future markets.

Free-Forming and Function-Integrated Composite Structures for Future Green Building Construction

Modern architecture is notable for its aesthetic non-linear features. Free-forming fibre-reinforced polymer sandwiches provide an ideal way to achieve such cutting-edge designs. These low-density and high-strength structural elements have excellent corrosion resistance and thermal insulation, making them multifunctional components in environmentally-friendly buildings. The integration of solar cells further transforms such structural elements into energy supply units and the novel self-luminous function suggests new options for architectural design. This project aims to investigate the mechanical response of an innovative free-forming formulation using the sandwich structural components and further explore their multifunctional integration.

Past projects

Thermal Imaging Camera

Ultrasonic Flaw Detector

Durability of Carbon Fibre Reinforced Polymer (CFRP) Strengthened Steel Structures against Environment-Assisted Degradation

Large numbers of steel structures such as bridges, offshore platforms, large mining equipments and buildings are aging. Retrofitting such structures becomes more and more important in the 21st century. Using an advanced material, CFRP (Carbon Fibre Reinforced Polymer), to strengthen steel structures is very promising. This project investigates the durability of CFRP-steel system. It will make a breakthrough in understanding of the influence of environment conditions on the bond between CFRP and steel and the strengthening efficiency. It will not only provide reliable retrofitting of existing structures but also build safe, more economic and smarter steel construction.

Hybrid Testing Facility for Structures under Extreme Loads

The twelve Australian universities named in this proposal propose to develop a Hybrid Testing Facility (HTF) for Structures under Extreme Loads. The LIEF proposal will facilitate the establishment of advanced testing facility with access to the universities involved and to government and industry partners associated with them. This next generation of structural testing will embrace hybrid testing in static, pseudo-dynamic and fast modes and simulation of structures subjected to extreme loading events such as earthquakes, blast, impact, fire, wind and ocean waves. Applications include structural safety of buildings, bridges, offshore structures, mining structures and development of efficient renewable energy structures.

T. Keller, Y. Bai. (2010). Structural performance of FRP composites in fire. the Journal of Advances in Structural Engineering, 13(5): 793-804.

Y. Bai, T. Valle, T. Keller. (2009). Delamination of pultruded glass fiber-reinforced polymer composites subjected to axial compression. Composite Structures, 91 (1): 66-73.

Y. Bai, T. Valle, T. Keller. (2009). Modeling of mechanical responses for FRP composites under elevated and high temperatures. Composites Part A, 40: 731-738.

Y. Bai, T. Keller. (2009). Modeling of strength degradation for fiber-reinforced polymer composites in fire. Journal of Composite Materials, 43 (21): 2371-2385.

Y. Bai, T. Keller. (2009). Time dependence of material properties of FRP composites in fire. Journal of Composite Materials 2009, 43 (21): 2469-2484.

Y. Bai, T. Keller. (2009). Shear failure of pultruded FRP composites under axial compression. ASCE Journal of Composites for Construction, 13 (3): 234-242.

Y. Bai, T. Keller. (2009). Pultruded GFRP tubes with liquid cooling system under combined temperature and compressive loading. Composites Structures, 90 (2): 115-121.

J. R. Correia, F. A. Branco, J. G. Ferreira, Y. Bai, T. Keller. (2010). Fire protection systems for building floors made of pultruded GFRP profiles Part 1: Experimental investigations. Composites: Part B, doi:10.1016/j.compositesb.2010.09.018.

Z. Guo, L. Jin, F. Li, Y. Bai. (2009). Applications of the rotating orientation XRD method to orientated materials. Journal of Physics D: Applied Physics, 42: 012001 (4pp).

J. Nie, Y. Bai, C. S. Cai. (2008). New connection system for confined concrete columns and beams. I: experimental study. ASCE Journal of Structural Engineering, 134 (12): 1787-1799.

Y. Bai, T. Valle, T. Keller. (2007). Modeling of thermophysical properties for FRP composites under elevated and high temperatures. Composites Science and Technology, 67 (15-16): 3098-3109.

Y. Bai, T. Keller. (2008). Modal parameter identification for a GFRP pedestrian bridge. Composite Structures, 82 (1): 90-100.

Y. Bai, T. Valle, T. Keller. (2008). Modeling of thermal responses for FRP composites under elevated and high temperatures. Composites Science and Technology, 68 (1): 47-56.

Y. Bai, N. L. Post, J. J. Lesko and T. Keller. (2008). Experimental investigations on temperature-dependent thermophysical and mechanical properties of pultruded GFRP composites. Thermochimica Acta, 469: 28-35.

Y. Bai, T. Keller, T. Valle. (2008). Modeling of stiffness of FRP composites under elevated and high temperatures. Composites Science and Technology, 68: 3099-3106.

Y. Bai, L. Jin. (2008). Characterization of frequency-dependent glass transition temperature by Vogel-Folcher relationship. Journal of Physics D: Applied Physics, 41: 152008 (4pp).

T. Keller, Y. Bai, T. Valle. (2007). Long-term performance of a glass fiber-reinforced polymer truss bridge. ASCE Journal of Composites for Construction, 11 (1): 99-108.

Y. Bai, T. Keller. (2007). Modeling of post-fire stiffness of E-glass fiber-reinforced polyester composites. Composites Part A, 38 (10): 2142-2153.

Y. Bai, J. Nie, C. S. Cai. (2008). New connection system for confined concrete columns and beams. II: theoretical modeling. ASCE Journal of Structural Engineering, 134 (12): 1800-1809.

Y. Bai, E. Hugi, C. Ludwig, T. Keller. (2010). Fire performance of water-cooled GFRP columns Part I: Fire endurance investigation. ASCE Journal of Composites for Construction, accepted.

Y. Bai, T. Keller. (2010). Delamination and kink-band failure of pultruded GFRP laminates under elevated temperatures and compression. Composite Structures, doi:10.1016/j.compstruct.2010.07.010.

Y. Bai, T. Keller, J. R. Correia, F. A. Branco, J. G. Ferreira. (2010). Fire protection systems for building floors made of pultruded GFRP profiles Part 2: Modeling of thermomechanical responses. Composites: Part B, doi:10.1016/j.compositesb.2010.09.019.

Teaching Commitments

  • CIV3221 - Building Structures and Technology
  • CIV3222 - Bridge Design and Assessment (2010-2012)
  • CIV2226 - Design of Concrete and Masonry Structures (2010-2012)
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