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DR. MUHAMMAD MASOOD RAFI

Professor & Chairman
Department of Earthquake Engineering
NED University of Engineering and Technology, Karachi
TELEPHONE #: (92-21) 99052605
Email: rafi-m@neduet.edu.pk

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Educational Qualification

  • 2011 – Post-Doctorate, Seismic Behaviour of Earthen Construction, University of Aveiro
  • 2007 – Doctor of Philosophy, Structural Behaviour in Fire, University of Ulster
  • 1997 – M Sc, Structural Engineering, N.E.D. University of Engineering & Technology
  • 1993 – B Eng, Civil Engineering, N.E.D. University of Engineering & Technology

Professional Experience

  • Dec 2011 to date: Chairman, Department of Earthquake Engineering, NED University
  • Dec 2011 to date: Professor, Department of Earthquake Engineering, NED University
  • Sep 2010 to Nov 2011: Co-Chairman, Department of Civil Engineering, NED University
  • Dec 2008 to Nov 2010: Professor, Department of Civil Engineering, NED University
  • Sep 2007 to Dec 2008, Associate Professor, Department of Civil Engineering, NED University
  • Jun 2004 to Aug 2007, Part-time Lecturer, School of Built Environment, University of Ulster
  • Jun 2001 to Sep 2007, Assistant Professor, Department of Civil Engineering, NED University
  • Mar 2000 to Jun 2001, Lecturer, Department of Civil Engineering, NED University
  • Dec 1997 to Mar 2000, Project Engineer, Shahab Ghani and Associates
  • Jan 1996 to Oct 1997, Civil Supervisor, Foster Wheeler (Process Plant) Ltd
  • Aug 1994 to May 1995, Assistant Engineer, M M Ispahani Limited
  • Jun 1995 to May 1996, Site In-charge, M M Ispahani Limited
  • May 1996 to Sep 1996, Project Manager, M M Ispahani Limited
  • May 1994 to Aug 1994, Quality Control Engineer, Baluchistan Concrete and Blocks Limited
  • Mar 1993 to May 1994, Site Engineer, Zafar and Company

Responsibilities

Prof Rafi is the Chairman of Department of Earthquake Engineering. He chairs the Board of Studies of the Department. He is also a member of the Board of Studies of the Department of Petroleum Engineering and Board of Faculty of the Faculty of Civil Engineering and Architecture. In addition, he contributes to the following University bodies.

  • Senate
  • Academic Council
  • Advanced Study and Research Board
  • Board of review

Reseach Interests

Prof Rafi is interested in the internal applications of Fibre Reinforced Polymer (FRP) bars both at ambient and high temperatures. His current research interests include behaviour of FRP reinforced concrete structures, finite element analysis of RC structures, fire resistance of concrete structures, deflection of concrete structures, experimental analysis of RC structures, recycling of concrete and seismic analysis and retrofitting of reinforced concrete and masonry structures.

Teaching Interests

  • Structural Analysis
  • Steel Structures
  • Structure for Architects
  • Mechanics of Solids
  • Performance based Seismic Design
  • Displacement based Seismic Design
  • Fundamentals of Fire Dynamics
  • Seismic Analysis and Design
  • Seismic Design and Assessment of Masonry Structures
  • Structural Stability
  • Value Engineering
  • Soil Stabilisation
  • Earth Retaining Structure

Academic Endeavours And Services

Prof Rafi is the Editor-in-Chief of the NED University Journal of Research. He is also a member of the Editorial Board of Journal of Structural Fire Engineering. Prof Rafi regularly referees technical papers for a number of acclaimed international journals such as ACI Material Journal; ACI Structural Journal; Journal of Structural Engineering, ASCE; Journal of Composites for Construction, ASCE; Journal of Materials in Civil Engineering, ASCE; Construction and Building Materials; Engineering Structures; Fire Safety Journal; Journal of Composite Materials; Journal of Structural Fire Engineering; Journal of the Franklin Institute; Disaster Prevention and Management; Composites Part B, Bulletin of Earthquake Engineering.

Awards And Honours

  • 2013 – Best paper award, NED Alumni Association of Southern California
  • 2008 - Joint best thesis award, School of Built Environment, University of Ulster
  • 2006 - Best paper award, School of Built Environment, University of Ulster
  • 2004 - Vice Chancellor Research Scholarship, University of Ulster

Affiliation

  • Member of Earthquake Engineering Research Institute (EERI)
  • Member of Pakistan Engineering Council

Research Projects

  • Applied Research on Safer Construction and Technology Transfer
  • Capacity Building for Pakistan in Fire Risk Management

Consultancy Projects

  • Disaster Management Information System (DisMIS) Project - 2013
  • Disaster Risk Management Plan and Planning Map of Gadap Town, Karachi – 2013
  • Computer Modelling and Building Simulation of Vazir House Swat - 2013
  • Design of Community Centre for Shelter at Badin - 2010
  • Retrofitting of Government Girls Primary School Takya Camp District Abbottabad - 2008

Research Students and Research Assistants

The following research students and research assistants are remained associated with Prof Rafi to assist him in carrying out research activities

  • Mr Tariq Aziz
  • Ms Shagufta Naz
  • Syed Safdar Abbas Zaidi
  • Ms Areeba Safdar
  • Ms Rabab Afreen
  • Hafiz Muhammad Rashid Mohiuddin
  • Mr Muhammad Murtaza Nasir

List Of Publications

A) Book

Rafi MM. Fire Performance of Concrete FRP Reinforced Concrete Beams: Experimental and Theoretical Studies. Lambert Academic Publishing, Berlin, 2010.

B) Journal Papers

1) Rafi MM, Qadir A, Ali, S, Siddiqui SH. Performance of Hot Mix Asphalt Mixtures Made of Recycled Aggregates. ASTM Journal of Testing and Evaluation 2014; 42(2):357-367.

2) Rafi MM, Lodi SH, Nizam A. Chemical and Mechanical Properties of Steel Rebars Manufactured in Pakistan and Design Implications. Journal of Materials in Civil Engineering, ASCE 2014; 26(2):338-348.

3) Rafi MM, Nadjai A. Analytical Method of Temperature Prediction in Reinforced Concrete Beams. Journal of Structural Fire Engineering 2014; Accepted for Publication.

4) Rafi MM, Nasir MM. Experimental Investigation of Chemical and Physical Properties of Cements Manufactured In Pakistan. ASTM Journal of Testing and Evaluation 2014; Accepted for publication.

5) Rafi MM, Nadjai A. Parametric FE Analysis of FRP Reinforced Concrete Beams in Fire and Design Guidelines. Fire and Materials 2013;DOI: 10.1002/fam.2180.

6) Rafi MM, Nadjai A. Numerical Modelling of Carbon Fibre-Reinforced Polymer and Hybrid Reinforced Concrete Beams in Fire. Fire and Materials 2012; DOI: 10.1002/fam.2135.

7) Rafi MM, Lodi SH, Hasan NM. Corruption in Public Infrastructure Service and Delivery: The Karachi Case Study. Public Works Management & Policy 2012; 17(4): 370-387.

8) Rafi MM, Wasiuddin W, Siddiqui SH. Assessment of Fire Hazard in Pakistan. Disaster Prevention and Management 2012;21(1):71-84.

9) Rafi MM, Nadjai A. Comparison of Numerical Behaviors of FRP Reinforced Concrete Beams Using Three Smeared Crack Models. Materials and Structures 2012; 45(1-2):93-106.

10) Rafi MM, Nadjai A. Fire Tests Of Hybrid And CFRP Bar Reinforced Concrete Beams. ACI Materials Journal 2011;8(3):252-260.

11) Rafi MM, Nadjai A, Ali F, O’ Hare P. Evaluation of Thermal Resistance of FRP Reinforced Concrete Beams in Fire. Journal of Structural Fire Engineering 2011;2(2):91-107.

12) Rafi MM, Nadjai A. A Suggested Model for European Code to Calculate Deflection of FRP Reinforced Concrete Beams. Magazine of Concrete Research 2011;63(3):197-214.

13) Rafi MM, Nadjai A. Behavior of Hybrid (Steel-CFRP) and CFRP Bar Reinforced Concrete Beams in Fire. Journal of Composite Materials 2011; 45(15):1573-1584.

14) Rafi MM, Qadir A, Siddiqui SH. Experimental Testing of Hot Mix Asphalt Mixture Made of Recycled Aggregates. Waste Management & Research 2011; 29(12):1316-1326.
(This paper was on the top of the list of Top 20 articles published on the topic during December 2011-June 2012)

15)Rafi MM, Nadjai A. Analytical Behaviors of Steel and CFRP Reinforced Concrete Beams in Fire. Journal of ASTM International 2010;7(8):1-21.

16) Rafi MM, Nadjai A. Evaluation of ACI deflection model for FRP reinforced concrete beams and suggested modification, ACI Structural Journal 2009;106(6):762-771.

17) Rafi MM, Nadjai A. Experimental behaviour of carbon FRP reinforced concrete beams at ambient and elevated temperatures. Journal of Advanced Concrete Technology 2008;6(3):431-441.

18) Rafi MM, Nadjai A, Ali F. Finite element modeling of carbon fiber-reinforced polymer reinforced concrete beams under elevated temperatures, ACI Structural Journal 2008;105(6):701-710.

19) Rafi MM, Nadjai A, Ali F, Talamona D. Aspects of behaviour of CFRP reinforced concrete beams in bending. Construction and Building Material 2008;22:277-285.
(This paper was on the top of the list of Top 25 hottest articles for Construction and Building Material during January-March 2008)

20) Rafi MM, Nadjai A, Ali F. Experimental testing of concrete beams reinforced with carbon FRP bars. Journal of Composite Materials 2007;41(22):2657-2673.

21) Rafi MM, Nadjai A, Ali F. Analytical modeling of concrete beams reinforced with carbon FRP bars. Journal of Composite Materials 2007;41(22):2675-2690.

22) Rafi MM, Nadjai A, Ali F. Fire resistance of carbon FRP reinforced concrete beams. Magazine of Concrete Research 2007;59(4):245-255.

C) Discussion

1) Rafi MM (Discussion). High-temperature properties of concrete for fire resistance modeling of structures. Paper by Venkatesh K. R. Kodur, M. M. S. Dwaikat and M. B. Dwaikat. ACI Materials Journal 2009;106(4):390-392.

D) Conference Papers

1)Rafi MM, Lodi SH, Varum H, Alam N, Ahmed M, Silveira D. Assessment of Seismic Performance of Adobe Structures in Pakistan and Portugal. In: 15 World Conference on earthquake Engineering, Lisbon, Portugal, 2012.

2) Rafi MM, Lodi SH, Varum H, Alam N. Estimation of Losses for Adobe Buildings in Pakistan. In: 15 World Conference on earthquake Engineering, Lisbon, Portugal, 2012.

3) Ahmed M, Lodi SH, Rafi MM, Alam N. Transforming Census Data in Pakistan into Spatial Database for Earthquake Loss Estimation Models In: 15 World Conference on earthquake Engineering, Lisbon, Portugal, 2012.

4) Rafi MM, Qadir A, Siddiqui SH, Ali S. Use of Recycled Aggregates in Hot Mix Asphalt Mixture. In: ThirdInternational Conference on Construction in Developing Countries (ICCIDC–III)-Advancing Civil, Architectural and Construction Engineering & Management, Bangkok, Thailand, 2012.

5) Rafi MM, Nadjai A. Thermal Behaviours of FRP and Hybrid RC Beams In Fire-Experimental Study. In: 7th International Conference on Analytical Models and New Concepts in Concrete and Masonry Structures (amcm2011), Krakow, Poland, 2011.

6) Rafi MM, Nadjai A. Thermal Behaviours of FRP and Hybrid RC Beams In Fire-Numerical Study. In: 7th International Conference on Analytical Models and New Concepts in Concrete and Masonry Structures (amcm2011), Krakow, Poland, 2011.

7) Lodi SH, Rafi MM. Roadmap for Earthquake Mitigation at National Level in Pakistan. In: International Conference on Earthquake Engineering and Seismology (ICEES 2011), NUST, Islamabad, Pakistan, 2011, 269-275.

8) Rafi MM, Ali MS, Siddiqui SH. Assessment of Rehabilitation Need of People in the 2005 Kashmir Earthquake Affected Areas. In: 3rd Asia Conference on Earthquake Engineering, Bangkok, Thailand, 2010, 1-9.

9) Rafi MM, Nadjai A. Experimental Evaluation of Fire Resistance of FRP and Hybrid RC Beams- Part I. In: Proceedings of Urban Habitat Constructions under Catastrophic Events, Naples, Italy, 2010, 783-788.

10) Rafi MM, Nadjai A. Analytical Evaluation of Fire Resistance of FRP and Hybrid RC Beams- Part II. In: Proceedings of Urban Habitat Constructions under Catastrophic Events, Naples, Italy, 2010, 775-781.

11)Rafi MM, Lodi SH, Rafeeqi SFA. An Indigenous Model of Seismic Retrofit of Stone Masonry Structures. In: Proceedings of Urban Habitat Constructions under Catastrophic Events, Naples, Italy, 2010, 919-924.

12) Rafi MM, Siddiqui SH. Study of Variations of Execution Methods From Standard Specifications – A Local Perspective. In: Proceedings of Second International Conference on Construction In Developing Countries (ICCIDC–II) “Advancing and Integrating Construction Education, Research & Practice”, Cairo, Egypt, 2010, 326-336.

13) Rafi MM, Lodi SH, Rafeeqi SFA. Contribution of NED University in earthquake disaster management and related capacity building. In: Proceedings of Third International Symposium on Infrastructure Engineering in Developing Countries (IEDC-2010) and 1st International Conference on Sustainable Transportation and Traffic Management, Pakistan, 2010.

14) Rafi MM, Rafeeqi SFA, Lodi SH, Siddiqui SH. Earthquake Performance of RC Structures - Lessons To Be Learnt. In: Proceedings of Third International Symposium on Infrastructure Engineering in Developing Countries (IEDC-2010) and 1st International Conference on Sustainable Transportation and Traffic Management, Pakistan, 2010.

15) Rafi MM, Nadjai A, Ali F, Talamona D. The use of CFRP bars as reinforcing material Part I: Experimental study. In: Proceedings of Eighth International Conference on Computational Structures Technology (CST 2006), Civil-Comp Press, Stirlingshire, UK, paper 17, 2006.

16) Rafi MM, Nadjai A, Ali F. The use of CFRP bars as reinforcing material Part II: Analytical modelling. In: Proceedings of Eighth International Conference on Computational Structures Technology (CST 2006), Civil-Comp Press, Stirlingshire, UK, paper 18, 2006.

17) Rafi MM, Nadjai A, Ali F, Talamona D. Performance of carbon FRP reinforced concrete beams. In: Proceedings of the 4th International Workshop on Structures in Fire (SIF’06), Aveiro, Portugal, 2006.

18) Rafeeqi SFA, Lodi SH, Rafi MM. Feasibility of ferrocement lining for watercourses. In: National Workshop on Lining Water Channels, WAPDA House, Lahore, Pakistan, 2003.

19) Qadir A, Rafi MM, Batool F. Post disaster mitigation-Relief to human sufferings. In: International Conference on Protection of Structures against Hazards, Singapore, 2002.

E) Book Chapter

Rafi MM, Nadjai A. Applications of carbon FRP bars in reinforced concrete Beams. Concrete Materials: Properties, Performance and Applications 2009:233-281.

Varum H, Tarque N, Silveira D, Camata G, Lobo B, Blondet M, Figueiredo A, Rafi MM , Oliveira C, Costa A. Structural behaviour and retrofitting of adobe masonry buildings. Structural Rehabilitation of Old Buildings 2014:37-75.

Invited Lectures

1) Lecture entitled Spectrum of Fire Hazard Management at Fire Protection Association of Pakistan in Karachi on 12 April 2014.

2) Lecture entitled Earthquake Resistant Construction at Civil Defence School in Karachi on 22 March 2013.

3) Lecture entitled Crisis Management at National Institute of Management (NIM), Karachi to the participants of 3rd Mid Career Management Course (MCMC) on 12 August 2008.

4) Lecture entitled Responses of Buildings to Seismic Forces for Disaster Mitigation Workshop organized by United Nations Development Programme (UNDP) in Gilgit on 23-24 November 2011.

5) Lecture entitled Plate Tectonics, Faults and Elastic Rebound Theory for workshop organized by United Nations Development Programme (UNDP) in Gawadar on 16-17 November 2011.

6) Lecture entitled Vulnerability Assessment of Buildings Subjected to Earthquake for workshop organized by NED University in Muzaffarabad, 6-8 July 2011.

7) Lecture entitled Strengthening & Seismic Retrofitting of Building Structures for workshop organized by NED University in Karachi on 28 May 2011.

8) Lecture entitled Structural and Non-Structural Vulnerability Assessment of Critical Buildings and Infrastructure for workshop organized by United Nations Development Programme (UNDP) in Islamabad/Murree on 27-30 July 2010.

 

 

 

 
 
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