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 and the CRC-P for Advanced Manufacturing of High Performance Building Façade Systems.
The APTES Group led by A/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. 
A/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.
A/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.
A/Prof Ngo has played a key role in the PrefabAUS, a peak industry body, involving more than 200 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. 
A/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.  As a result of tis research Dr Ngo and his research team received the national Capability Improvement Award at the DMTC conference in 2014. 

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. 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. Ren X, Shen J, Tran P, Ngo T, Xie YM. Auxetic nail: Design and experimental study. Composite Structures. Pergamon. 2018, Vol. 184.
  2. Imbalzano G, Linforth S, Ngo T, Lee P, Phuong T. Blast resistance of auxetic and honeycomb sandwich panels: Comparisons and parametric designs. COMPOSITE STRUCTURES. Pergamon. 2018, Vol. 183.
  3. Ren X, Shen J, Tran P, Ngo T, Xie YM. Design and characterisation of a tuneable 3D buckling-induced auxetic metamaterial. Materials and Design. Elsevier. 2018, Vol. 139.
  4. 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. 2018, Vol. 183.
  5. Huu-Tai T, Trung-Kien N, Vo TP, Ngo T. A new simple shear deformation plate theory. COMPOSITE STRUCTURES. Pergamon. 2017, Vol. 171.
  6. Nguyen T, Ngo T, Nguyen-Xuan H. A novel three-variable shear deformation plate formulation: Theory and Isogeometric implementation. COMPUTER METHODS IN APPLIED MECHANICS AND ENGINEERING. Elsevier Science. 2017, Vol. 326.
  7. 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. 2017.
  8. 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.
  9. Hajimohammadi A, Ngo T, Mendis P, Kashani A, Van Deventer J. Alkali activated slag foams: The effect of the alkali reaction on foam characteristics. JOURNAL OF CLEANER PRODUCTION. Elsevier. 2017, Vol. 147.
  10. 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.
  11. 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.
  12. 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.
  13. 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.
  14. 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.
  15. Imbalzano G, Tran P, Linforth S, Ngo T, Lee P, Mendis P. Design optimisation of auxetic composite structures under blast loading. ACMSM 24 Conference - ACMSM 24 Conference - Mechanics of Structures and Materials: Advancements and Challenges. 2017.

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