Abdul Sheikh

Associate Professor Abdul Sheikh

Associate Professor

School of Civil, Environmental and Mining Engineering

Faculty of Sciences, Engineering and Technology

Eligible to supervise Masters and PhD - email supervisor to discuss availability.


Research Interests:

My research interests are in the broad area of computational structural engineering and mechanics with specific emphasis on development of new finite element modelling techniques for solving various structural engineering problems with enhanced precision and efficiency. One of my major research activities is centered around modelling the behaviour of structural panels in the form of stiffened/unstiffened plates and shells in linear and nonlinear range under the action of static, dynamic (including blast, ballistic impact, and ultrasonic pulse to generate high frequency wave propagation for damage detection), and in-plane (buckling) loading. These structures can be made of metal, concrete, fiber reinforced polymer (FRP) composite, foam, elastomer, piezoelectric, functionally graded and other materials, which can have multi-material multi-layered structural forms such as lightweight composite and sandwich panels, smart laminated panels, and insulated structural panels. My other research focus is on the development of new failure models for concrete, masonry, and composite structures considering the effects of damage and plasticity within homogenised diffused crack or cohesive discrete crack models.  

The nature of my research often needs development of computer codes in MATLAB/FORTRAN to implement the newly developed techniques. These are uses as a part of our in-house developed code or a commercially available trustworthy codes such as ABAQUS in the form of user defined external routines.  These codes (e.g. ABAQUS) are also used for validation of new modeling models as well as test results obtained in experimental investigations undertaken with other colleagues in a collaborative project.  

  • Appointments

    Date Position Institution name
    2008 - ongoing Associate Professor University of Adelaide, Adelaide
    2006 - 2007 Associate Professor Aalborg University, Aalborg
    1998 - 2007 Assistant Professor, Associate Professor, Professor Indian Institute of Technology Kharagpur, Kharagpur
    1993 - 1998 Lecturer and Assistant Professor Indian Institute of Engineering Science and Technology, Shibpur, Howrah
    1993 - 1993 Structural Analyst and Designer Gherzi Eastern Limited
    1992 - 1993 Junior Scientific Officer Indian Institute of Technology Kharagpur, Kharagpur
    1987 - 1988 Project Engineer Coal India Limited
    1986 - 1987 Research Scientist Indian Institute of Engineering Science and Technology, Shibpur, Howrah
  • Language Competencies

    Language Competency
    English Can read, write, speak, understand spoken and peer review
  • Education

    Date Institution name Country Title
    1995 Indian Institute of Technology Kharagpur, Kharagpur India PhD
    1987 Indian Institute of Engineering Science and Technology, Shibpur, Howrah India Master of Engineering
    1985 Indian Institute of Engineering Science and Technology, Shibpur, Howrah India Bachelor of Engineering
  • Research Interests

  • Multifunctional structural panels for next-generation infrastructure (Australian Research Council, DP220103665 ) 
  • Improved seismic resilience against life-safety hazard of masonry buildings (Australian Research Council, DP190100797)
  • Numerical modelling for blast loaded ultra-high performance concrete panels (Defense Science and Technology Group, Adelaide)
  • Numerical modelling for failure analysis of diamond impregnated drill bits using a micro-mechanical model (Deep Exploration Technology CRC)
  • Integrated design and manufacturing of lightweight composite and sandwich structures (Danish Ministry of Science Technology and Development, Risoe National Laboratories, FORCE Technology, CompoShield A/S, DIAB ApS and DIAB Group, Fiberline Composites A/S, LM Glasfiber A/S and Vestas Wind Systems A/S)
  • Performance of isogrid and some similar stiffening arrangements in composite stiffened shells (Indian Space Research Organization)
  • Development of computer software for response analysis of FRP propeller (Naval Science and Technological Laboratory, India)
  • Manufacture process of FRP propeller model (Naval Science and Technological Laboratory, India)
  • Modernization of stress and vibration laboratory (Ministry of Human Resources Development, India)
  • An improved finite element model to study the behavior of hat stiffened composite panels (All India Council for Technical Education)
Teaching
  • Computer (Matrix) Analysis of Structures and Structural Dynamics 
  • Finite Element Theory and Practice 
  • Advanced Reinforced Concrete Design
  • Structural Steel Design 
  • Structural Stability Analysis
  • Mechanics of Thin-walled Structures
  • Composite Structures
  • Theory of Elasticity and Plasticity
  • Theory of Plates and Shells
  • Structural Mechanics (Analysis)
  • Strength of Materials 
  • Engineering Mechanics - Statics
  • Engineering Mechanics - Dynamics
  • Current Higher Degree by Research Supervision (University of Adelaide)

    Date Role Research Topic Program Degree Type Student Load Student Name
    2021 Co-Supervisor Structural health monitoring and model updating using dynamic data for engineering structures Doctor of Philosophy Doctorate Full Time Mr Zijie Zeng
    2021 Co-Supervisor Behaviour of Geo-polymer Ultra High Performance Concrete Structures Doctor of Philosophy Doctorate Full Time Mr Jovan Joseph
    2021 Co-Supervisor Structural Behaviour of Reinforced and Prestressed High Performance Concrete (HPC) Structural Elements Doctor of Philosophy Doctorate Full Time Mr Mohammad Dhaifallah Alameri
    2020 Principal Supervisor Guided Wave-based Health Monitoring of Structures using a Higher-order Finite Element Model Doctor of Philosophy Doctorate Full Time Mr Yuan Feng
    2018 Principal Supervisor Numerical and Experimental Investigation of Creep of Fibre-Reinforced Concrete Doctor of Philosophy Doctorate Full Time Mr Iftekhair Ibnul Bashar
    2018 Co-Supervisor Damage detection of steel railway bridges using vibration data and machine learning approach Doctor of Philosophy Doctorate Full Time Mr Alireza Ghiasi
  • Past Higher Degree by Research Supervision (University of Adelaide)

    Date Role Research Topic Program Degree Type Student Load Student Name
    2019 - 2022 Principal Supervisor Development of interface based damage-plasticity constitutive model and its application in the simulation of masonry structures under monotonic and cyclic loads Doctor of Philosophy Doctorate Full Time Mr Yu Nie
    2018 - 2020 Co-Supervisor Experimental and Numerical Investigations on Behaviour of URM Wall Subjected to In-plane Loading Master of Philosophy Master Full Time Mr Young Kol Park
    2017 - 2022 Principal Supervisor Modeling the Static and Dynamic Response of Lightweight Composite Stiffened-Plate Structures Doctor of Philosophy Doctorate Full Time Mr Azizul Islam
    2017 - 2022 Principal Supervisor Development and assessment of ultra-high performance fibre-reinforced composite panels Doctor of Philosophy Doctorate Full Time Mr Shahin Mahdi
    2016 - 2019 Co-Supervisor Investigations of Ultra-High Performance Fibre Reinforced Concrete (UHPFRC) Column Doctor of Philosophy Doctorate Full Time Mr Chengfeng Fang
    2016 - 2019 Co-Supervisor A Mechanism-based Approach to Constitutive Modelling of Quasi-Brittle Geomaterials with and without Fibre Reinforcement Doctor of Philosophy Doctorate Full Time Dr Linh Anh Le
    2015 - 2019 Co-Supervisor Damage Detection Using Second Harmonic Generation of Low-Frequency Guided Waves Doctor of Philosophy Doctorate Full Time Mr Yi Yang
    2014 - 2018 Principal Supervisor A Kinematically Enhanced Constitutive Model for Progressive Damage Analysis of Unidirectional Fiber Reinforced Composites Doctor of Philosophy Doctorate Full Time Mr Van Duc Vu
    2013 - 2016 Co-Supervisor Damage Detection of Defects Using Linear and Nonlinear Guided Waves Doctor of Philosophy Doctorate Full Time Mr Reza Soleimanpour
    2013 - 2017 Co-Supervisor A Thermodynamic Approach to Modelling Brittle-Ductile and Localised Failure of Rocks Using Damage Mechanics and Plasticity Theory Doctor of Philosophy Doctorate Full Time Mr Arash Mir
    2013 - 2017 Co-Supervisor Spectral Finite Element Modelling and Damage Identification of Beam-like Structures Using Linear and Nonlinear Guided Waves Doctor of Philosophy Doctorate Full Time Mr Shuai He
    2013 - 2017 Principal Supervisor An Analytical Model for Two-layered Composite Beams with Partial Shear Interaction Based on a Higher Order Beam Theory Doctor of Philosophy Doctorate Full Time Miss Jie Wen
    2013 - 2017 Principal Supervisor A Nonlinear Finite Element Model for Steel-concrete Composite Beam using a Higher-order Beam Theory Doctor of Philosophy Doctorate Full Time Mr Md. Alhaz Uddin
    2012 - 2015 Co-Supervisor Failure Mode Transition for Rock Cutting: Theoretical, Numerical and Experimental Modelling Doctor of Philosophy Doctorate Full Time Mr Xianqun He
    2012 - 2015 Principal Supervisor Innovative Multi-level Methodology Incorporating the Techniques of Finite Element Modelling and Multimodal Optimization for Concept Design of Advanced Grid Stiffened Composite Panels against Buckling Doctor of Philosophy Doctorate Full Time Mr Liang Huang
    2012 - 2016 Principal Supervisor An Efficient Modelling Technique for Static and Dynamic Response of Thin-walled Box Girder Bridges Doctor of Philosophy Doctorate Full Time Miss Kiana Kashefi
    2012 - 2016 Co-Supervisor Improved Seismic Analysis of Unreinforced Masonry Buildings with Flexible Diaphragms Doctor of Philosophy Doctorate Full Time Mr Yasuto Nakamura
    2012 - 2016 Principal Supervisor Load Distribution Factors of Straight and Curved Steel Concrete Composite Box and I Girder Bridges Doctor of Philosophy Doctorate Full Time Mr Seyed Jalaleddin Fatemi
    2012 - 2016 Principal Supervisor Finite Element Analysis of Impregnated Diamond Drilling Bits Doctor of Philosophy Doctorate Full Time Mr Jiayi Xu
    2012 - 2016 Co-Supervisor The Manufacture and Compressive Ductility of Ultra-High Performance Fibre Reinforced Concrete Utilising Conventional Materials Doctor of Philosophy Doctorate Full Time Mr Md Habibur Rahman Sobuz
    2011 - 2015 Co-Supervisor Quantifying the Compressive Ductility of Concrete in RC Members through Shear Friction Mechanics Doctor of Philosophy Doctorate Full Time Mr Yongjian Chen
    2010 - 2012 Co-Supervisor Unreinforced Masonry Walls Subjected to Out Of Plane Seismic Actions Doctor of Philosophy Doctorate Full Time Dr Jerry Vaculik
    2009 - 2019 Principal Supervisor An Efficient Modelling Technique for Analysis of Thin-Walled Laminated Composite Beams having Open and Closed Cross Sections Doctor of Philosophy Doctorate Part Time Mr Arash Asadi Khansari
    2008 - 2011 Co-Supervisor Debonding Mechanisms of Fibre Reinforced Polymer Strengthened Steel Members Doctor of Philosophy Doctorate Full Time Mr Ibrisam Akbar
  • Position: Associate Professor
  • Phone: 83136450
  • Email: abdul.sheikh@adelaide.edu.au
  • Fax: 83134359
  • Campus: North Terrace
  • Building: Engineering North, floor 2
  • Org Unit: School of Civil, Environmental and Mining Engineering

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