Ashraf Ashour works as a Reader in structural engineering at the University of Bradford, Yorkshire, UK, and was also the Director of Civil Engineering from 2007 to 2012. He obtained his B.S. degree in civil engineering and M.S. degree in structural engineering from El Mansoura University, Mansoura, Egypt, and his Ph.D. degree from Cambridge University, Cambridge, UK. Ashour serves as a chartered structural engineer (CEng), a Fellow of the Institution of Structural Engineers, and a Fellow of the Higher Education Academy. He is also a Member of many editorial panels of structural engineering journals. He carries research into the behavior of reinforced concrete (RC) and masonry structures. Significant progress has been made with regard to the development of new structural materials and techniques suitable for retrofit to extend the life of concrete and masonry structures including externally bonded fiber reinforced polymer laminates, near surface reinforcement, and wire rope unit system. Applications of new innovative techniques such as genetic algorithms, genetic programming, and neural networks to RC structures were also conducted. A comprehensive program aimed at investigating the influence of different parameters such as the shear span to depth ratio, amount and configuration of web reinforcement, size and location of web openings, and supporting condition on the behavior of RC deep beams was also undertaken. Experimental and numerical investigations were conducted to assess the suitability of fiber reinforced polymer bars as internal reinforcement for concrete structures. Research is progressing in developing prepacked concrete and steel reinforcement corrosion in concrete structures. Research outcome of these projects has been published in more than 100 journal and conference papers.
Biography Updated on 18 October 2012