Associate Professor Tuan Ngo

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.
The APTES Group led by Dr Ngo is recognised as one of the leading centres in infrastructure modelling and physical infrastructure protection in Australia and the Asia Pacific region. The group consists of internationally recognised experts in risk assessment, modelling and vulnerability analysis of buildings and infrastructure against natural and man-made hazards. 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 the Research Program Manager of the Research Network for a Secure Australia (RNSA). 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 risk assessment and strengthening of the landmark 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 has successfully coordinated a large Training 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 the leader of the MUtopia Platform, a simulation and visualisation system for designing and assessing sustainable precincts as well as sustainable cities. The MUtopia platform has been used in many urban development projects in Australia.
Dr Ngo is leading a team of researchers in Program 3 - 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. Amirebrahimi S, Rajabifard A, Mendis P, Ngo T. A BIM-GIS integration method in support of the assessment and 3D visualisation of flood damage to a building. Journal of Spatial Science. Spatial Sciences Institute. 2016.
  2. Amirebrahimi S, Rajabifard A, Mendis P, Ngo T. A framework for a microscale flood damage assessment and visualization for a building using BIM-GIS integration. INTERNATIONAL JOURNAL OF DIGITAL EARTH. Taylor & Francis Ltd. 2016, Vol. 9, Issue 4.
  3. Imbalzano G, Phuong T, Ngo T, Lee P. A numerical study of auxetic composite panels under blast loadings. COMPOSITE STRUCTURES. Pergamon. 2016, Vol. 135.
  4. Hasanzadeh Nafari R, Ngo T, Mendis P. An assessment of the effectiveness of tree-based models for multi-variate flood damage assessment in Australia. Water (Switzerland). MDPI AG. 2016, Vol. 8, Issue 7.
  5. Atazadeh B, Kalantari Soltanieh S, Rajabifard A, Ho S, Ngo T. Building Information Modelling for High-rise Land Administration. Transactions in GIS. Blackwell. 2016.
  6. Hasanzadeh Nafari R, Ngo T, Lehman W. Calibration and validation of FLFArs-A new flood loss function for Australian residential structures. Natural Hazards and Earth System Sciences. Copernicus GmBH. 2016, Vol. 16, Issue 1.
  7. Hasanzadeh Nafari R, Ngo T, Lehman W. Development and evaluation of FLFAcs - A new Flood Loss Function for Australian commercial structures. International Journal of Disaster Risk Reduction. Elsevier. 2016, Vol. 17.
  8. Ding C, Ngo T, Mendis P, Lumantarna R, Zobec M. Dynamic response of double skin fa├žades under blast loads. Engineering Structures. Elsevier Science. 2016, Vol. 123.
  9. Ngo T, Nguyen QT, Nguyen T, Nguyen TP, Tran P. Effect of Nanoclay on Thermomechanical Properties of Epoxy/Glass Fibre Composites. ARABIAN JOURNAL FOR SCIENCE AND ENGINEERING. Dr Dietrich Steinkopff Verlag. 2016, Vol. 41, Issue 4.
  10. Jayalath A, Aye L, Mendis P, Ngo T. Effects of phase change material roof layers on thermal performance of a residential building in Melbourne and Sydney. ENERGY AND BUILDINGS. Elsevier Science. 2016, Vol. 121.
  11. Nguyen QT, Ngo T, Bai Y, Tran P. Experimental and numerical investigations on the thermal response of multilayer glass fibre/unsaturated polyester/organoclay composite. Fire and Materials. 2016.
  12. Samad AAA, Ali N, Mohamad N, Jayaprakash J, Ngo T, Ngo TD, Mendis P. Finite element modelling of 2-Span continuous RC beams shear strengthened and shear repaired with CFRP strips. Jurnal Teknologi. 2016, Vol. 78, Issue 5.
  13. Ngo T, Nguyen QT, Nguyen T, Tran P. Heat release and flame propagation in prefabricated modular unit with GFRP composite facades. Building Simulation. 2016, Vol. 9, Issue 5.
  14. Gunawardena T, Ngo T, Mendis P, Alfano J. Innovative Flexible Structural System Using Prefabricated Modules. Journal of Architectural Engineering. ASCE - American Society of Civil Engineers. 2016.
  15. Reisi M, Aye L, Rajabifard A, Ngo T. Land-use planning: Implications for transport sustainability. LAND USE POLICY. Elsevier Science. 2016, Vol. 50.

Tuan Ngo

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University of Melbourne
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