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Dr Rabee Shamass

shamassr@lsbu.ac.uk

Civil and Building Services Engineering

https://orcid.org/0000-0002-7990-8227

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I am a Senior Lecturer in Civil Engineering. Before joined LSBU, I was research assistant at Brunel University London from 2016 to 2017 in the area of composite concrete-steel structures and multi-scale numerical analysis of long flexible risers. I received my PhD in Civil Engineering and my MSc in Advanced Engineering Design from Brunel University London in 2017 and 2011, respectively. Moreover, I received my BSc from Damascus University in the subject of Civil Engineering-Structural Engineering in 2007 followed by one-year further study in Structural and Seismic Engineering at the Higher Institute for Earthquake Research and Studies.

My main research focus lies in the area of structural analysis and use sustainable materials in constructions, including testing, theoretical and numerical modelling, and the developments of efficient design guidance. In particular, my expertise lies in the buckling of structures, structural behaviour of precast concrete segmental bridge (PCSB), behaviour of composite structures, finite-element analysis and modelling, mechanical and structural behaviour of steel fibres reinforced concrete, behaviour of recycled aggregates concrete, behaviour of concrete structures reinforced with basalt FRP, behaviour of concrete structures reinforced with stainless steel, and use of high strength steel or shape memory alloy in structures. My research studies are based on laboratory testing with validated numerical and analytical analysis to suggest design guidance and recommendations for the particular research study.

Postgraduate Research Supervision
Current
Mr Robert KovacsDoctoral Research ProjectPhD
Mr Mohammed Salah Ibrahim Mohammed El-DesoqiDoctoral Research ProjectPhD
Javaria Mehwish PhD

Awarded in the last 5 years
Epigeum Supervisory TrainingPhD
Musab RabiPhD
Ikram AbarkanPhD
Phd in Civil Engineering

Brunel University London

2012
2017
MSc Advanced Engineering Design

Brunel University London

2010
2011
Higher Diploma, Structural and earthquake Engineering

Damascus University, Syria

2007
2008
BSc Civil Engineering, Structural Engineering

Damascus University, Syria

2002
2007
Fellow of higher education academy

higher education academy

2020
Verified certificate of achievement online course

Delft University of Technology, USA

2016
PGCert

City University

2020
Post-Doctoral
Department of Mechanical, Aerospace and Civil Engineering, Brunel University, UK

Work on the implementation of the multi-scale FORTRAN code for structural analysis of flexible risers. My responsibilities include finite-element coding of geometrically non-linear beam element used in large-scale model and coding the bridge between large scale and small-scale results which are obtained using software ABAQUS.

2017
2017
Education
Research assistant
Department of Mechanical, Aerospace and Civil Engineering, Brunel University

• Numerically investigate the effect of the shear connection ratios on the flexural behaviour of solid slab of composite beam with high-strength steel.

• Study the effect of shear connectors’ distribution over the length of composite beam on the flexural behaviour of full/partial interaction of composite beam.

• Suggest design guidance for composite beam with high strength steel.

2016
2016
Education
Teaching assistant
Brunel University, UK

• Teach Master students finite-element analysis software, ABAQUS, ANSYS and coding using Matlab.

• Teach AutoCAD for level 4 and 5 students in civil engineering.

• Teach design of steel structures for level 6 of undergraduate civil engineering students.

2013
2017
Education
Lab demonstrator
Brunel University, UK

• Demonstrated students from civil engineering course for conducting tests on buckling of struts, torsion of bars, bending of beams, loading of bridge truss, spring vibration and collapse of frames.

• Demonstrated students from mechanical engineering course in conducting experiments on pipes subjected to either internal pressure or torsion and conducting impact tests on metals using Charpy test.

2012
2017
Education
Lecturer
Damascus University, Syria

• Teach design of steel and concrete structures, solid mechanics, strength of material, structural analysis, and finite-element modules for fourth-year students in the faculty of Civil Engineering.

• Supervise projects for undergraduate students. Projects included design concrete elements of multi-story building with foundations under different loadings including earthquake then validating the results using ETABS software.

2008
2010
Education
Site engineering
Saker Company, Damascus Syria

• Supervise finishing of Audi Banks in Qasa and Jramana-Damascus and AlShalal restaurant- Damascus.

• Site engineering supervisor in executing extra story in a building fabricated from steel structures.

• Construction supervisor for three multi-story buildings in Damascus – Syria.

2009
2009
Commercial/industry
Structural Design Engineering
Consultancy Office, Damascus, Syria

• Member of engineering group in structural design of multi-story buildings and villas.

• Member of engineering office in structural rehabilitation of old multi-story buildings in Hama and old concrete/steel bridges.

2007
2009
Commercial/industry
FunderYear wonProjectRole
The Institution of Structural Engineers2022Improving the Durability and Sustainability of Reinforced Concrete using Carbonated aggregates and BFRP reinforcementPrincipal Investigator
Basalt Technologies UK Limited2022Testing Basalt RebarPrincipal Investigator
2020Use of basalt fibre reinforced polymer in Moroccan costal infrastructures exposed to high corrosionPrincipal Investigator
IstructE
2017

Editorial/Advisory Board Member
2020
Frontiers in Applied Mathematics and Statistics

Editorial/Advisory Board Member
2020
Numerical Simulation Examples for Structural Engineering and Geotechnics using Abaqus
Acoustic Emission Characteristics and Damage Mechanisms Investigation of Basalt Fiber Concrete with Recycled Aggregate
Mechanical Performance of high-strength sustainable concrete under fire incorporating locally available volcanic ash in central Harrat Rahat, Saudi Arabia
Torsional Behavior of RC Box Beams Strengthened by CFRP under Combined Shear and Torsion
Experimental Studies on Behavior of Crushed CRB750 Steel Bars Reinforced RC Beams Retrofitted with Steel Plate
Mechanical Properties Evaluation of Crumb Rubber Reinforced Concrete Composites
Inspection of transverse flaws for railways using phased array ultrasonic technique
Time-dependent flexural capacity analysis of recycled aggregate concrete beams
prEN 1993-1-13 document-Structural Eurocodes

A Numerical Study of Shape Memory Alloy (SMA) Reinforced Beam Subjected to Seismic Loading
Bloy, J., Shamass, R., Limbachiya, V. and El-Desoqi, M. (2022). A Numerical Study of Shape Memory Alloy (SMA) Reinforced Beam Subjected to Seismic Loading. 4th Conference on Sustainability in Civil Engineering (CSCE’22) . Department of Civil Engineering Capital University of Science and Technology, Islamabad Pakistan 31 - 31 Aug 2022

Mechanical Properties of Bamboo Core Sandwich Panels
Limbachiya, V., Shamass, R. and Perera, J (2022). Mechanical Properties of Bamboo Core Sandwich Panels. 4th Conference on Sustainability in Civil Engineering. Pakistan 31 - 31 Aug 2022

Web-Post Buckling Prediction Resistance of Steel Beams with Elliptically-Based Web Openings using Artificial Neural Networks (ANN)
Shamass, R., Ferreira, F., Limbachiya, V., Pinho Santos, L. and Tsavdaridis, K.D. (2022). Web-Post Buckling Prediction Resistance of Steel Beams with Elliptically-Based Web Openings using Artificial Neural Networks (ANN). Thin-Walled Structures. 180 (109959). https://doi.org/10.1016/j.tws.2022.109959

Mechanical Properties of PVC Concrete and Mortar Modified with Silane Coupling Agents
Z.Pan, J. Chen, Q. zhan, S. Wang, Jin, R., Shamass, R. and Rossi, F. (2022). Mechanical Properties of PVC Concrete and Mortar Modified with Silane Coupling Agents. Construction and Building Materials. 348, p. 128574. https://doi.org/10.1016/j.conbuildmat.2022.128574

Experimental investigation on the flexural behaviour of stainless steel reinforced concrete beams
Rabi, M, Shamass, R. and Cashell, K.A. (2022). Experimental investigation on the flexural behaviour of stainless steel reinforced concrete beams. Structure and Infrastructure Engineering . https://doi.org/10.1080/15732479.2022.2065687

EC3 design of web-post buckling resistance for perforated steel beams with elliptically-based web openings
Ferreira, F., Shamass, R., Pinho Santos, L., Limbachiya, V. and Tsavdaridis, K. (2022). EC3 design of web-post buckling resistance for perforated steel beams with elliptically-based web openings. Thin-Walled Structures. 175, p. 109196. https://doi.org/10.1016/j.tws.2022.109196

Structural performance of stainless steel reinforced concrete members: A review
Rabi, M, Shamass, R. and Cashell, K.A (2022). Structural performance of stainless steel reinforced concrete members: A review. Construction and Building Materials. 325, p. 126673. https://doi.org/10.1016/j.conbuildmat.2022.126673

Experimental investigation into the behaviour of continuous concrete beams reinforced with basalt FRP
Shamass, R., Mahi, B, Cashell, K, Abarkan, I and El-Khannoussi, F (2022). Experimental investigation into the behaviour of continuous concrete beams reinforced with basalt FRP. Engineering Structures. 15, p. 113888. https://doi.org/10.1016/j.engstruct.2022.113888

Ultimate behaviour and serviceability analysis of stainless steel reinforced concrete beams
Rabe. M, Cashell, K.A and Shamass, R. (2021). Ultimate behaviour and serviceability analysis of stainless steel reinforced concrete beams. Engineering Structures. 248 (5), p. 113259. https://doi.org/10.1016/j.engstruct.2021.113259

Lateral–torsional buckling resistance prediction model for steel cellular beams generated by Artificial Neural Networks (ANN)
Ferreira, F., Shamass, R., Limbachiya, V., Tsavdarisdis, K. and Martins, C. (2021). Lateral–torsional buckling resistance prediction model for steel cellular beams generated by Artificial Neural Networks (ANN). Thin-Walled Structures. 170, p. 108592. https://doi.org/10.1016/j.tws.2021.108592

A Numerical Analysis on the Cyclic Behavior of 316 FR Stainless Steel and Fatigue Life Prediction
Abarkan, I., Khamlichi, A and Shamass, R. (2021). A Numerical Analysis on the Cyclic Behavior of 316 FR Stainless Steel and Fatigue Life Prediction. The 2nd International Electronic Conference on Applied Sciences. Online 15 - 31 Oct 2021 MDPI. https://doi.org/10.3390/ASEC2021-11116

Low cycle fatigue behavior of circumferentially notched specimens made of modified 9Cr–1Mo steel at elevated temperature
Abarkan, I., Khamlichi, A. and Shamass, R. (2021). Low cycle fatigue behavior of circumferentially notched specimens made of modified 9Cr–1Mo steel at elevated temperature. International Review of Applied Sciences and Engineering. 13 (1), pp. 54-62. https://doi.org/10.1556/1848.2021.00305

Predicting the Impact of Chemical and Physical Variability in Binary and Ternary Cementitious Blends
Limbachiya, V. and Shamass, R. (2021). Predicting the Impact of Chemical and Physical Variability in Binary and Ternary Cementitious Blends. 3rd Conference on Sustainability in Civil Engineering (CSCE’21). Capital University of Science & Technology, . Islamabad Expressway, Kahuta Road, Zone-V Islamabad 11 - 11 Aug 2021 Department of Civil Engineering at Capital University of Science and Technology.

Impact of chopped basalt fibres on the mechanical proper- ties of concrete
Shamass, R. and Limbachiya, V. (2021). Impact of chopped basalt fibres on the mechanical proper- ties of concrete. 3rd Conference on Sustainability in Civil Engineering (CSCE’21). Capital University of Science & Technology, . Islamabad Expressway, Kahuta Road, Zone-V Islamabad 11 - 11 Aug 2021 Department of Civil Engineering at Capital University of Science and Technology.

A Study On Low Cycle Fatigue Life Assessment of Notched Specimens Made of 316LN Austenitic Stainless Steel
Abarkan, I., Khamlichi, A. and Shamass, R. (2021). A Study On Low Cycle Fatigue Life Assessment of Notched Specimens Made of 316LN Austenitic Stainless Steel. Journal of Pressure Vessel Technology. 144 (2). https://doi.org/10.1115/1.4051627

Application of Artificial Neural Networks for web-post shear resistance of cellular steel beams
Limbachiya, V. and Shamass, R. (2021). Application of Artificial Neural Networks for web-post shear resistance of cellular steel beams. Thin-Walled Structures. 161, pp. 107414-107414. https://doi.org/10.1016/j.tws.2020.107414

Bond behaviour of austenitic stainless steel reinforced concrete
Rabi, M., Cashell, K.A., Shamass, R. and Desnerck, P. (2020). Bond behaviour of austenitic stainless steel reinforced concrete. Engineering Structures. 221, pp. 111027-111027. https://doi.org/10.1016/j.engstruct.2020.111027

Experimental investigation into the flexural behaviour of basalt FRP reinforced concrete members
Shamass, R and Cashell, KA (2020). Experimental investigation into the flexural behaviour of basalt FRP reinforced concrete members. Engineering Structures. 220, pp. 110950-110950. https://doi.org/10.1016/j.engstruct.2020.110950

Plastic Buckling Paradox: An Updated Review
Shamass, R (2020). Plastic Buckling Paradox: An Updated Review. Frontiers in Built Environment. 6. https://doi.org/10.3389/fbuil.2020.00035

Numerical And Analytical Analyses Of High-Strength Steel Cellular Beams: A Discerning Approach
Shamass, R. and Guarracino, F. (2020). Numerical And Analytical Analyses Of High-Strength Steel Cellular Beams: A Discerning Approach. Journal of Constructional Steel Research. 166, p. 105911. https://doi.org/10.1016/j.jcsr.2019.105911

Numerical and analytical studies of low cycle fatigue behavior of 316 LN austenitic stainless steel
Abarkan, Ikram, Shamass, Rabee, Achegaf, Zineb and Khamlichi, Abdellatif (2019). Numerical and analytical studies of low cycle fatigue behavior of 316 LN austenitic stainless steel. Journal of Pressure Vessel Technology. https://doi.org/10.1115/1.4045897

Flexural analysis and design of stainless steel reinforced concrete beams
Rabi, M., Cashell, K. and Shamass, R. (2019). Flexural analysis and design of stainless steel reinforced concrete beams. Engineering Structures. 198, p. 109432. https://doi.org/10.1016/j.engstruct.2019.109432

Experimental Investigation on the Behaviour of Recycled Aggregate Concrete
Kovacs, R, Shamass, R, Limbachiya, V and Datoo, M (2019). Experimental Investigation on the Behaviour of Recycled Aggregate Concrete. 5th International Conference on Sustainable Construction Materials & Technologies. Surrey 14 - 17 Jul 2019

Analysis of concrete beams reinforced with stainless steel
Rabi, M, Cashell, KA and Shamass, R (2019). Analysis of concrete beams reinforced with stainless steel. fib Symposium 2019 - Concrete - Inovations in Materials, design and Structures. Krakow, Poland 27 - 29 May 2019 pp. 690-697

Bending Moment Capacity of Stainless Steel-Concrete Composite Beams
Shamass, R and Cashell, KA (2018). Bending Moment Capacity of Stainless Steel-Concrete Composite Beams. 12th International Conference on Advances in Steel-Concrete Composite Structures (ASCCS 2018). Valencia-Spain 27 - 29 Jun 2018

Analysis of Stainless Steel-Concrete Composite Beams
Shamass, R and Cashell, KA (2018). Analysis of Stainless Steel-Concrete Composite Beams. Journal of Constructional Steel Research. 152, pp. 132-142. https://doi.org/10.1016/j.jcsr.2018.05.032

Investigation on the Plastic Buckling Paradox for Metal Cylinders
Shamass, R, Alfano, G and Guarracino, F (2018). Investigation on the Plastic Buckling Paradox for Metal Cylinders. in: Buckling and Postbuckling Structures II London South Bank University.

On Elastoplastic Buckling Analysis of Cylinders under Nonproportional Loading by Differential Quadrature Method
Shamass, R, Alfano, G and Guarracino, F (2017). On Elastoplastic Buckling Analysis of Cylinders under Nonproportional Loading by Differential Quadrature Method. International Journal of Structural Stability and Dynamics. 17 (7). https://doi.org/10.1142/S0219455417500729

Behaviour of Composite Beams Made Using High Strength Steel
Shamass, R and Cashell, KA (2017). Behaviour of Composite Beams Made Using High Strength Steel. Structures. 12, pp. 88-101. https://doi.org/10.1016/j.istruc.2017.08.005

Numerical analysis of shear-off failure of keyed epoxied joints in precast concrete segmental bridges
Shamass, R, Zhou, X and Wu, Z (2016). Numerical analysis of shear-off failure of keyed epoxied joints in precast concrete segmental bridges. Journal of Bridge Engineering. 22 (1). https://doi.org/10.1061/(ASCE)BE.1943-5592.0000971

Modelling post-tensioned precast concrete segmental girder bridges with dry keyed joints – preliminary results
Sejkati, E, Zhou, X, Mancini, M and Shamass, R (2016). Modelling post-tensioned precast concrete segmental girder bridges with dry keyed joints – preliminary results. 9th International Concrete Conference 2016: Environment, Efficiency and Economic Challenges for Concrete. Dundee, Scotland 04 - 06 Jul 2016

On the elasto-plastic stability analysis of circular cylindrical shells
Shamass, R, Alfano, G and Guarracino, F (2016). On the elasto-plastic stability analysis of circular cylindrical shells. The International Colloquium On Stability And Ductility Of Steel Structures – SDSS 2016. Timisoara, Romania 30 May - 01 Jun 2016 pp. 639-646

An investigation into the plastic buckling paradox for circular cylindrical shells under non-proportional loading
Shamass, R, Alfano, G and Guarracino, F (2015). An investigation into the plastic buckling paradox for circular cylindrical shells under non-proportional loading. Thin-Walled Structures. 95, pp. 347-362. https://doi.org/10.1016/j.tws.2015.07.020

An analytical insight into the buckling paradox for circular cylindrical shells under axial and lateral loading
Shamass, R, Alfano, G and Guarracino, F (2015). An analytical insight into the buckling paradox for circular cylindrical shells under axial and lateral loading. Mathematical Problems in Engineering. 2015. https://doi.org/10.1155/2015/514267

A numerical investigation into the plastic buckling paradox for circular cylindrical shells under axial compression
Shamass, R, Alfano, G and Guarracino, F (2014). A numerical investigation into the plastic buckling paradox for circular cylindrical shells under axial compression. Engineering Structures. 75, pp. 429-447. https://doi.org/10.1016/j.engstruct.2014.05.050

Finite-element analysis of shear-off failure of keyed dry joints in precast concrete segmental bridges
Shamass, R, Zhou, X and Alfano, G (2014). Finite-element analysis of shear-off failure of keyed dry joints in precast concrete segmental bridges. Journal of Bridge Engineering. 20 (6). https://doi.org/10.1061/(ASCE)BE.1943-5592.0000669

A numerical investigation into the plastic buckling of circular cylinders
Shamass, R, Alfano, G and Guarracino, F (2013). A numerical investigation into the plastic buckling of circular cylinders. in: Pietraszkiewicz, W and Gorski, J (ed.) Shell Structures: Theory and Application London CRC Press.