Yu Bai


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Professor Yu Bai (Barry) received his B.E and M.E in civil engineering from Tsinghua University and Ph.D from the Swiss Federal Institute of Technology Lausanne EPFL. He joined Monash Civil Engineering in 2009 and currently serves as Professor in Structural Engineering. He coordinates the activities in the Research Theme on Smart Structures and Construction and directs the international engagements in the department.

His efforts and expertise emphasis research and development of structural systems through modern building technologies (such as modular construction and robotic construction) and using complementary material advantages (such as fibre reinforced polymer composites in combination with traditional concrete, steel and timber). His research activities form into three pillars and are firmly supported by the world class research facilities at Monash Structural Laboratory and the Laboratory of Robotic Construction that he establishes

  • Composites for construction and lightweight structures
  • Modular construction and design for manufacturing and assembly
  • Construction automation and design for robotic construction

His researches have attracted strong governmental, industrial and institutional supports. He was a recipient of an ARC Discovery Early Career Researcher Award in the inaugural round, and is currently the lead chief investigator of an ARC Discovery Project and a chief investigator in an ARC Industry Transformation Training Centre. He is intensively involved in research projects funded by the State Government and a range of industries in the composites engineering and civil construction fields.

In addition to highly cited publications in quality journals and advisory services to professional committees in industry and government, his research outcomes have also led to applications in engineering practices and many of them as first of their kinds have been often reported in public media.

Research area keywords

  • Composite structures
  • Fiber reinforced materials and structures
  • Structural adhesives and adhesively bonded structure
  • Modular construction
  • Structural connections and bolting
  • Design for manufacturing and assembly
  • Construction automation
  • Robotic construction
  • Multifunctional design
  • Material and structural responses under critical load conditions
  • Lightweight structures
  • Structural long term performance

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Research Output

Acceleration responses of building modules during road transportation

Innella, F., Bai, Y. & Zhu, Z., 1 May 2020, In : Engineering Structures. 210, 14 p., 110398.

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Cyclic performance of splice connections for hollow section fibre reinforced polymer members

Qiu, C., Bai, Y., Cai, Z. & Zhang, Z., 1 Jul 2020, In : Composite Structures. 243, 12 p., 112222.

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Durability of pultruded GFRP tubes subjected to seawater sea sand concrete and seawater environments

Bazli, M., Zhao, X-L., Bai, Y., Singh Raman, R. K., Al-Saadi, S. & Haque, A., 10 Jun 2020, In : Construction and Building Materials. 245, 23 p., 118399.

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1 Citation (Scopus)

Effects of UV radiation, moisture and elevated temperature on mechanical properties of GFRP pultruded profiles

Bazli, M., Jafari, A., Ashrafi, H., Zhao, X-L., Bai, Y. & Singh Raman, R. K., 20 Jan 2020, In : Construction and Building Materials. 231, 19 p., 117137.

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5 Citations (Scopus)

Joint strength of single-bolted pultruded GFRP square hollow sections with mechanical inserts under elevated temperatures

Hizam, R. M., Manalo, A. C., Karunasena, W. & Bai, Y., Feb 2020, In : Journal of Composites for Construction. 24, 1, 15 p., 04019056.

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