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. 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.
The APTES Group led by Dr 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. 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 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 design and strengthening of high-rise 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 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.
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 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. Hajimohammadi A, Ngo T, Mendis P, Kashani A, Van Deventer JSJ. Alkali activated slag foams: The effect of the alkali reaction on foam characteristics. Journal of Cleaner Production. Elsevier. 2017, Vol. 147.
  2. 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.
  3. 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.
  4. 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.
  5. Remennikov A, Ngo T, Mohotti D, Uy B, Netherton M. Experimental investigation and simplified modeling of response of steel plates subjected to close-in blast loading from spherical liquid explosive charges. INTERNATIONAL JOURNAL OF IMPACT ENGINEERING. Pergamon. 2017, Vol. 101.
  6. Almusallam T, Al-Salloum Y, Ngo T, Mendis P, Abbas H. Experimental investigation of progressive collapse potential of ordinary and special moment-resisting reinforced concrete frames. Materials and Structures/Materiaux et Constructions. Springer. 2017, Vol. 50, Issue 2.
  7. Rupasinghe M, San Nicolas R, Mendis P, Sofi M, Ngo T. Investigation of strength and hydration characteristics in nano-silica incorporated cement paste. Cement and Concrete Composites. Pergamon. 2017, Vol. 80.
  8. Nguyen DD, Ngo T, Phuong T, Tran QQ. Nonlinear dynamic response and vibration of imperfect shear deformable functionally graded plates subjected to blast and thermal loads. MECHANICS OF ADVANCED MATERIALS AND STRUCTURES. 2017, Vol. 24, Issue 4.
  9. Wu D, Aye L, Ngo T, Mendis P. Optimisation and financial analysis of an organic Rankine cycle cooling system driven by facade integrated solar collectors. APPLIED ENERGY. Elsevier. 2017, Vol. 185.
  10. Hajimohammadi A, Ngo T, Mendis P, Sanjayan J. Regulating the chemical foaming reaction to control the porosity of geopolymer foams. Materials and Design. Elsevier. 2017, Vol. 120.
  11. 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, Vol. 61, Issue 2.
  12. 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.
  13. Imbalzano G, Phuong T, Ngo T, Lee P. A numerical study of auxetic composite panels under blast loadings. COMPOSITE STRUCTURES. Pergamon. 2016, Vol. 135.
  14. 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. MDPI AG. 2016, Vol. 8, Issue 7.
  15. Arora M, Ngo T, Aye L, Malano H, Lade O. An Integrated Simulation and Visualisation Platform for the Design of Sustainable Urban Developments in a Peri-Urban Context. Balanced Urban Development: Options and Strategies for Liveable Cities. Springer International Publishing. 2016. Editors: Maheshwari B, Singh VP, Thoradeniya B.

Tuan Ngo

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Engineering Block C, Parkville
University of Melbourne
3010 Australia

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