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 2004 2020

Numerical validation framework of GFRP floor models using structural health monitoring

Ngan, J. W., Caprani, C. C. & Bai, Y., 1 Jan 2020, ACMSM25: Proceedings of the 25th Australasian Conference on Mechanics of Structures and Materials. Wang, C. M., Ho, J. C. M. & Kitipornchai, S. (eds.). Singapore Singapore: Springer, p. 953-962 10 p. (Lecture Notes in Civil Engineering; vol. 37).

Research output: Chapter in Book/Report/Conference proceedingConference PaperOther

An efficient approach for prediction of subway train-induced ground vibrations considering random track unevenness

Zhu, Z., Wang, L., Costa, P. A., Bai, Y. & Yu, Z., 1 Sep 2019, In : Journal of Sound and Vibration. 455, p. 359-379 21 p.

Research output: Contribution to journalArticleResearchpeer-review

Axial compression behaviours of pultruded GFRP–wood composite columns

Qi, Y., Xie, L., Bai, Y., Liu, W. & Fang, H., 2 Feb 2019, In : Sensors. 19, 4, 18 p., 755.

Research output: Contribution to journalArticleResearchpeer-review

Open Access

Bond-slip behaviour between FRP tubes and seawater sea sand concrete

Bazli, M., Zhao, X. L., Bai, Y., Singh Raman, R. K. & Al-Saadi, S., 15 Oct 2019, In : Engineering Structures. 197, 14 p., 109421.

Research output: Contribution to journalArticleResearchpeer-review

Connections and structural applications of fibre reinforced polymer composites for civil infrastructure in aggressive environments

Fang, H., Bai, Y., Liu, W., Qi, Y. & Wang, J., 1 May 2019, In : Composites Part B: Engineering. 164, p. 129-143 15 p.

Research output: Contribution to journalReview ArticleResearchpeer-review