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Dr Behrouz Zafari is employed within the Department of Civil Engineering, Surveying, and Construction Management at Kingston University. He is a Senior Lecturer in Structural Engineering and Construction Management. Prior to joining Kingston he was a Research Fellow/Part-time Lecturer in the Civil Research Group, at the University of Warwick where he completed his PhD. His PhD research project aimed to engineer the Structural Analysis and Design of the Startlink Lightweight Building System that is the first all fibre reinforced polymer building for a code level 6 (zero carbon) house unit. Startlink project was sponsored by the UK Government and Industrial Partners. In parallel with his structural engineering research for the Startlink project there was fundamental research on the determination of pin-bearing strength for the design of the bolted connections. Behrouz received his First Class BSc degree in Civil Engineering from his Home country (Iran). After a decade of experience in different aspects of Civil Engineering, he moved to London. He obtained his MSc in Civil Engineering Structures from City University London in 2008, with the dissertation on Plastic Analysis of Steel Stiffened Plates. He has been working on several EPSRC and TSB projects including "Connections and Joints for Building and Bridges of Fibre Reinforced Polymer". His research interests include Pultruded Fibre-Reinforced Polymer (PFRP) structures, novel methods of connection with FRP materials, and low impact building systems.
Senior Lecturer in Structural Engineering and Construction Management
Behrouz has been in academia for 12 years. He has an understanding of Higher Education from an international perspective. At Kingston, he is teaching a range of modules in Civil and Structural Engineering related to Analysis, Design, Construction Management, and Sustainability at both undergraduate and postgraduate levels. Dr Zafari contributes to the teaching of CE4013 Structures and Engineering Materials, CE6113 Building and Environmental Engineering, CE7011 Management of Project Risk Quality and Safety, CE7012 Legal Obligations and Conditions of Contract, and CE7112 Structural Design in Concrete and Steel. In close collaboration with teaching team members, Behrouz has contributed to the planning and developing three modules which he is leading within the department.
Behrouz belongs to the structures research group of the department. He is specialised in GFRP composites structures and has a clear plan to develop his research expertise over the next few years in the areas of Facade Engineering and Sustainability. Behrouz has Visiting Fellowship status with Warwick University, and this gives him the opportunity to continue his close collaboration with the FRP composites research team at Warwick School of Engineering. He is also collaborating with Glass & Facade Technology Research Group at Cambridge. Internationally Behrouz is in contact with the Norwegian University of Science and Technology where a research team is working on monitoring and aging of advanced composite materials. His research interests include pultruded fibre-reinforced polymer structures, novel methods of connection with FRP materials, and low impact building systems. Behrouz is supervising two self-funded PhD research students at Kingston who are co-supervised by Delft University of Technology (TU Delft) and the University of Warwick.
Zafari, Behrouz, Qureshi, Jawed, Mottram, J. Toby and Rusev, Rusi (2016) Static and fatigue performance of resin injected bolts for a slip and fatigue resistant connection in FRP bridge engineering. Structures, 7, pp. 71-84. ISSN (print) 2352-0124
Grammatikos, Sotirios A., Evernden, Mark, Mitchels, John, Zafari, Behrouz, Mottram, James T. and Papanicolaou, George C. (2016) On the response to hygrothermal aging of pultruded FRPs used in the civil engineering sector. Materials & Design, 96, pp. 283-295. ISSN (print) 0261-3069
Grammatikos, S.A., Zafari, B., Evernden, M.C., Mottram, J.T. and Mitchels, J.M. (2015) Moisture uptake characteristics of a pultruded fibre reinforced polymer flat sheet subjected to hot/wet aging. Polymer Degradation and Stability, 121, pp. 407-419. ISSN (print) 0141-3910