Structural behaviour of reinforced concrete elements

Study level


Master of Philosophy


Vacation research experience scheme

Topic status

We're looking for students to study this topic.


Dr Hossein Derakhshan
Research Fellow (DECRA)
Division / Faculty
Science and Engineering Faculty
Professor David Thambiratnam
Division / Faculty
Science and Engineering Faculty

External supervisors

  • Nimal Perera


Our research is looking into the following areas:

  • Mechanical properties of green concrete - for example:
    • geopolymer concrete
    • natural-fibre reinforced concrete
    • recycled concrete
  • Structural behaviour and retrofit of older concrete buildings.

Research activities

Some of the activities you will perform as part of this research may include:

  • review of existing literature
  • interpretation of existing research data
  • conducting experiments on material samples in QUT laboratories (including GP campus and/or Banyo Pilot Plant)
  • using computer software to model mechanical behaviour of material, building parts, or complete buildings.

Depending on the type of activity, a reasonable amount of technical writing is expected.

Some of the activities may already be ongoing so you can form part of a team of other research students.


The outcome of research is new knowledge in the respective areas.

The new knowledge should be documented, i.e. in the form of data-sets and/or written reports.

Skills and experience

For undergraduates and Master's applicants: You will need to have a genuine interest in conducting desktop and/or lab-based research.

For PhD applicants: You will need to demonstrate research experience in the area of structural engineering.


You may be able to apply for a research scholarship in our annual scholarship round.

Annual scholarship round



Contact the supervisor for more information.