Mustafa Mashal

PhD Candidate (Structural Engineering)

Master of Science (Structural and Earthquake Engineering), University at Buffalo - State University of New York

Bachelor of Science (Civil Engineering), Kabul University, 2008

Contact Details

Room: 3rd Floor Civil/Mechanical Building, Room E307
Phone: +64 3 364 2987 (internal: 7330)
Fax: +64 3 364 2758
Email:  mustafa.mashal@pg.canterbury.ac.nz
Postal Address: Dept of Civil and Natural Resources Engineering, University of Canterbury, Private Bag 4800, Christchurch, New Zealand

Supervisor(s)

Dr Alessandro Palermo, Dr Allan Scott, Dr Cédric Lambert, Associate Professor Rajesh Dhakal

Research Interests

Research interests: Seismic Design of Accelerated Bridge Construction Combined with Dissipative Controlled Rocking, Performance Based Design of Structures, Base Isolation and Supplemental Damping

Accelerated Bridge Construction (ABC) is precasting of the bridge sub/superstructure elements in a prefabricated yard, away from the construction site. The elements are then transported and assembled in the site. There many advantages associated with ABC. In particular for multiple spanned structures, it includes reduced construction time, minimal traffic disruptions, reduced life cycle costs, and improved construction quality and safety. ABC has already been implemented in areas with low seismicity in the countries such as the United States and Taiwan. However, more research work needed for application of ABC in regions with moderate to high seismicity. In recent years, there are a number of connections purposed for ABC substructure systems by the researchers in the United States and Taiwan.  The research at the University of Canterbury aims to improve behavior of ABC structures in regions with high seismicity through experimental testing of half-scaled bridge piers. The research is part of the project titled “Advanced Bridge Construction and Design” (ABCD) supervised by Dr. Alessandro Palermo and funded by the Natural Hazard Research Platform at the University of Canterbury

Recent Publications

  • M. Mashal, S. White, A. Palermo (2013). “Quasi-Static Cyclic Tests of Emulative Precast Segmental Bridge Piers (E-PSBP)”. New Zealand Socieity of Earthquake Engineering 2013 Conference, Wellington, New Zealand
  • S. White, M. Mashal, A. Palermo (2013). “Investigation of Seismic Performance of Emulative Cast-In-Place Connections for Accelerated Bridge Construction of Segmental Bridge Piers”. 7th National Seismic Conference on Bridges and Highways, San Francisco, California, United States
  • A. Palermo, M. Mashal (2012). “Accelerated Bridge Construction and Seismic Damage Resistant Technology: A  New Zealand Challenge”. New Zealand Society of Earthquake Engineering Bulletin, Vol. 45, No. 3, September 2012 Issue
  • M. Mashal, S. White, A. Palermo (2012). “Concepts and Developments for Accelerated Bridge Construction and Dissipative Controlled Rocking”. 15th World Conference on Earthquake Engineering, Lisbon, Portugal]
  • M. Mashal, A. Filiatrault (2012). “Quantification of Seismic Performance Factors for Buildings Incorporating Three-Dimensional Construction System”. 15th World Conference on Earthquake Engineering, Lisbon, Portugal
  • M. Mashal, A. Filiatrault (2012). “Quantification of Seismic Performance Factors for Buildings Incorporating Three-Dimensional Construction System”. New Zealand Society of Earthquake Engineering 2012 Conference, Christchurch, NZ
  • A. Palermo, M. Mashal (2011). “Accelerated Bridge Construction (ABC) In Earthquake Prone Areas: International Trends and New Zealand Needs”. The New Zealand Concrete Industry 2011 Conference, Rotorua, NZ

Recent Awards

  • 2011 University of Canterbury Doctoral Scholarship
  • 2009 Fulbright Graduate Scholarship to the United States

Funding

  • University of Canterbury Doctoral Scholarship
  • Advanced Bridge Construction and Design (ABCD), Natural Hazard Research Platform