• The University of Western Australia (M051), 35 Stirling Highway,

    6009 Perth


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Personal profile


A/Prof Elchalakani is the Director of the Structural Laboratory at UWA. He is the author of 2 important books "Single Skin and Double Skin Concrete Filled Tubular Structures-Analysis and Design" and "Geopolmer Concrete Structures with Steel and FRP Reinforcements-Anaysis and Design" both published by Elsevier. He is listed in Stanford University current list of the top 2% scientists in the world where he is ranked in the top 0.7% among academics in Civil Engineering worldwide. He holds few patents on Building Integrated Energy Storing Systems. He serves on the Editorial Board of the Journal of Structural Engineering published by the American Society of Civil Engineers (ranked 1/450), Scientific Reports Published by Nature, the Australian Journal for Civil Engineering, and Structures Journal Published by Elsevier. Dr Elchalakani current Google Scholar citations are in excess of 5000 with h-index 40 where he authored or co-authored +250 technical papers. He is also a Chartered Professional Engineer in Australia (CPEng) and a Registered Building Practitioner (RBP) and also Registered in the National Professional Engineer (NPE) in Australia, Asia and Egypt.

A/Prof Elchalakani serves on BD-023 "Australian and New Zealand Structural Steel Code Committee" which covers AS/NZS 1163-2009, Cold-formed structural steel hollow sections, AS/NZS 3678-2011 Hot-rolled plates, floor plates and slabs, AS/NZS3679.1-2010 Structural steel sections, AS/NZS 3679.2 Welded I-sections. Dr Elchalakani current main research interests are concrete durability, corrosion and repair of steel pipelines, and offshore structures as well as concrete structures using advanced carbon fibre laminates. Dr. Elchalakani, in addition to his solid and competent and academic background, has more than 25 years of Technical Experiences in the fields of offshore structures, Infrastructure and Buildings in Australia and the Middle East. His technical experience covers Design and Construction Fields & Structural, Geotechnical, and Geo-structural Engineering.

A/Prof Elchalakani’s key industry and academic experiences include computational analysis, experimental testing, structural stability, and design of steel and composite structures, including Carbon Fibre repair of pipelines and metallic bridges. He is currently an outstanding reviewer for the Structural Engineering Journal published by the American Society of Civil Engineers (ASCE), the Engineering Journal published by the American Institute of Steel Structural (AISC), Journal of Constructional Steel Research and Engineering Structures Journal and Composites Structures Journal and Thin-Walled Structures Journal, all published by Elsevier.

A/Prof Elchalakani received several awards, including the Holman Medal for the most outstanding PhD thesis and the Hunt Award for excellence in Research in Engineering. He also received the prestigious Japanese Society for Promotion of Science Fellowship and Monash University Postgraduate Publication Award for his outstanding publication record, in addition to receiving a number of collaborative research grants at Victoria University. Moreover, Dr Elchalakani is a certified Problem Based Learning Educator. He was recently awarded the UWA Student Guild Inaugural "Students Choice Award" for structural Steel Design Unit in the MPE Program. 

Funding overview

Woodside, Perth, Geopolymer concrete for artificial barriers, $120k (2022) 

VHM-Solutions, FRP Structures, Analysis and Design, $52.5 (2021)

Woodside, Perth, FRP repair of offshore structures, $100k (2020) 

IAS, Perth, repair of offshore structures, $50k (2019)

Water Corporation, Perth, Underground Champers, $15k (2018)

Floorwise, strength of composite floor panels, $20k (2017) 

UWA Startup Funds, New Staff Seed Funds $60k (2016)

Dubai Central Laboratory, Repair of offshore piplines, $50k (2015)

Dubai Road Transport Authority, Repair of Steel box Girders, 30k (2013) 

Schoeck Pty Ltd, GFRP Bars in Concrete, $16 (2010)

Al-Rustumani Recycle Plant, UAE, Recycled Aggregates Concrete, $17k (2008)

Victoria University, Melbourne, CFRP Strengthining of Steel Structures, $20k (2007)

Victoria University, Melbourne, Repairof Structures using Advaned Polymers, $20k (2006)

Victoria University, Melbourne, Strength of Grain Silos, $60k (2005) 

Industrial relevance

Expert witness for the construction industry on non-compliance roof systems; 
Design and analysis of composite systems 
Design and anaysis of Industrial Structures 
Structural testing of steel/concrete/timber structures

A/Prof. Elchalakani’s Buildings/Structures (Low- to High-rise Buildings, Water and Sewage Plants, Water Tanks, and Communication Towers) Projects Expertise cover Concrete, Metallic, Rubberised Concrete, and Carbon  Fibre Repair of Structures, Underground, Water, and Marine Structures in addition to familiarity with different relevant Software, whereas his Geotechnical and Foundation Engineering Experiences cover  Different Types of Foundations (Shallow Foundations, Mats, Drilled Shafts, Piles, Pile Caps, and Piers), Soil-structure interaction, Temporary and Permanent Support of Excavation and Earth Retaining Structures/Walls.


Future research

A number of projects leading to M.Phil. or Ph.D. are available in the field of Composite Materials and Structures. The University of Western Australia provides a number of scholarships for postgraduate students. Details of available scholarships can be found at http://www.scholarships.uwa.edu.au/.  For applicants from China, the China Scholarship Council (CSC)  and The University of Western Austraalia are jointly offering postgraduate research scholarships to students from People's Republic of China to undertake a postgraduate research degree at the University of Western Australia. Prospective candidates with strong academic background please contact me directly. Topics avialable are:

Dynmaic and Impact Behaviour of Steel and Composite Structures

Sustainable construction materials, ECC, SCC, and 3D priniting of composites

Advanced reinforced geopolymer concrete structures,

Seismic design and performance of steel and concrete structures,

Advanced Light Weight concrete structures,

FRP-concrete, steel-concrete CFT, composite structures,

Advanced rehabilitation and strengthening techniques using innvovative Polymers,

Nonlinear analysis of Offshore pipelines and platform structures.

Expertise related to UN Sustainable Development Goals

In 2015, UN member states agreed to 17 global Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs) to end poverty, protect the planet and ensure prosperity for all. This person’s work contributes towards the following SDG(s):

  • SDG 7 - Affordable and Clean Energy
  • SDG 8 - Decent Work and Economic Growth
  • SDG 11 - Sustainable Cities and Communities
  • SDG 12 - Responsible Consumption and Production
  • SDG 13 - Climate Action
  • SDG 14 - Life Below Water
  • SDG 16 - Peace, Justice and Strong Institutions

Education/Academic qualification

Structures, PhD, Behavior and Design Tubular Structures under Simulated Earthquake Loading, Monash University (Australia)

1 Apr 199931 Oct 2003

Award Date: 20 May 2004

Civil Engineering, MEngSc, Soil-Structure Interaction for Earth Retaining Structures, University of Adelaide

1 Mar 199520 May 1997

Award Date: 29 Apr 1997

Civil Engineering, BEng (Civil), Design of Reinforced Concrete, Cairo University

Award Date: 30 Jul 1989

External positions

Adjunct Professor, Chongqing University

15 Nov 2018 → …

Adjunct Professor, Tanta University

15 Dec 2015 → …

Visiting Academic, Kyoto University

30 Apr 2009 → …

Research expertise keywords

  • Geopolymer
  • buckling
  • steel
  • CFT
  • GFRP
  • CFRP
  • Seismic studies
  • repair of steel and concrete structures
  • composites
  • smart materials


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