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Civil Engineering

Amir Fam

Amir Fam

Professor

Donald and Sarah Munro Chair in Engineering and Applied Science

Office: Ellis-244

Queen's University
Kingston, ON K7L 3N6
Tel: (613) 533-6352
Fax: (613) 533-2128
amir.fam@queensu.ca

Amir Fam

Profile

Dr. Fam's research is focused on the use of fiber reinforced polymers (FRP) for reinforcement and prestressing of new concrete structures as well as for strengthening of existing concrete, masonry and metallic structures. He is also interested in innovative systems, including FRP structurally integrated stay-in-place formwork for concrete structures such as concrete-filled FRP tubes. This system is quite promising for a number of structural applications including piles, columns, bridge piers, hydro and light poles and highway overhead sign structures. Another focus of Dr. Fam's research is on the use of ultra-high modulus carbon-FRP (CFRP) for strengthening of steel structural members such as bridge girders, steel pipelines and steel mono-poles for hydro and telecommunication towers.

2013 Profile

Biography

Education

  • PhD, Structural Engineering, University of Manitoba, Winnipeg, MB, Canada, 2000
  • MSc, Structural Engineering, University of Manitoba, Winnipeg, MB, Canada, 1996
  • Graduate Study, Structural Engineering, University of Calgary, Calgary, AB, Canada, 1997
  • BSc (Honors), Civil Engineering, Alexandria University, Alexandria, Egypt, 1991

Positions Held

  • Assistant Professor, Queen's University, Canada, 2002-present
  • Postdoctoral Research Associate and Lecturer, NC State University, USA, 2000-2002
  • Graduate Teaching & Research Assistant, University of Manitoba, Canada, 1993-2000
  • Visiting Graduate Student, University of Calgary, Canada, 1997
  • Structural Engineer, Consultants Engineering Firm, Egypt, 1991-1993.
  • Instructor, 1st Year Engineering, Alexandria University, Egypt, 1991-1992
  • Undergrad. Research Assist., Geotechnical Lab, Alexandria University, Egypt, 1990-1991

Awards

  • Travel Award, Queen's University (2002)
  • Best Paper Award, 5th Annual Conference of The Canadian Network of Centers of Excellence on Intelligent Sensing for Innovative Structures, ISIS Canada (2000)
  • NSERC Postgraduate Scholarship Award, PGS B (1997-1999)
  • University of Manitoba Graduate Fellowship (1997)
  • Undergraduate Distinction Award, Alexandria University (1987-1991)

Publications

Refereed Journal Publications

Fam, A. Qie, F. S. and Rizkalla, S. (2004) "Concrete-Filled Steel Tubes Subjected to Axial Compression and Lateral Cyclic Loads", ASCE Journal of Structural Engineering, Vol. 130, No. 4, pp. 631-640

Fam, A. and Rizkalla, S. (2003) "Large Scale Testing and Analysis of Hybrid Concrete/Composite Tubes for Circular Beam-Column Applications", Construction and Building Materials (Elsevier), Vol. 17, No. 6-7, pp. 507-516.

Fam, A., Flisak, B. and Rizkalla, S. (2003) "Experimental and Analytical Investigations of Beam-Column Behavior of Concrete-Filled FRP Tubes", ACI Structural Journal, Vol. 100, No. 4, pp.499-509.

Fam, A., Pando, M., Filtz, G. and Rizkalla, S. (2003) "Precast Composite Piles for the Route 40 Bridge in Virginia Using Concrete-Filled FRP Tubes", PCI Journal, Vol. 48, No.3, pp. 32-45.

Fam, A., Greene, R. and Rizkalla, S. (2003) "Field Applications of Concrete-Filled FRP Tubes for Marine Piles", ACI Special Publication SP-215-9 (Field Application of FRP Reinforcement: Case Studies), pp.161-180.

Pando, M., Fam, A., Lesko, J. and Filz, G. (2003) "New Bridge Piers Using Load Bearing Concrete-Filled GFRP Tubes", ACI Special Publication SP-215-9 (Field Application of FRP Reinforcement: Case Studies), pp.181-200.

Fam, A., Flisak, B. and Rizkalla, S. (2002) "Experimental and Analytical Investigations of Beam-Column Behavior of Concrete-Filled FRP Tubes", ACI Structural Journal, in press.

Fam, A. and Rizkalla, S. (2002) "Large Scale Testing and Analysis of Hybrid Concrete/Composite Tubes for Circular Beam-Column Applications", Construction and Building Materials, in press.

Fam, A., Qie, F.S. and Rizkalla, S. (2002) "Concrete-Filled Steel Tubes Subjected to Axial Compression and Lateral Cyclic Loads", ASCE Journal of Structural Engineering, Accepted for publication, Nov. 6.

Fam, A., Pando, M., Filtz, G. and Rizkalla, S. (2002) "Precast Composite Piles for the Route 40 Bridge in Virginia", PCI Journal, Accepted for publication, Sept. 24.

Fam, A., Musiker, D., Kowalsky, M. and Rizkalla, S. (2002) "In-Plane Testing of Damaged Masonry Wall Repaired with FRP", Advanced Composite Letters11(6):275-281.

Fam, A.Z. and Rizkalla, S.H. (2002) "Flexural Behavior of Concrete-Filled Fiber-Reinforced Polymer Circular Tubes", ASCE Journal of Composites for Construction6(2):123-132.

Fam, A. Z. and Rizkalla, S. H. (2002) "Closure to Discussion by Montoya on Confinement Model for Axially Loaded Concrete Confined by FRP Tubes", ACI Structural Journal99(3):386-388.

Fam, A.Z. and Rizkalla, S.H. (2001) "Confinement Model for Axially Loaded Concrete Confined by FRP Tubes", ACI Structural Journal98(4):251-461.

Fam, A.Z. and Rizkalla, S.H. (2001) "Behavior of Axially Loaded Concrete-Filled Circular Fiber Reinforced Polymer Tubes", ACI Structural Journal98(3):280-289.

Fam, A.Z., Rizkalla, S.H., and Tadros, G. (1997) "Behaviour of CFRP for Prestressing and Shear Reinforcements of Concrete Highway Bridges", ACI Structural Journal94(1):77-86.


Conference Papers

Mandal, S. and Fam, A. (2004) "Axial Loading Tests on FRP-Confined Concrete Cylinders of Different Compressive Strengths", Proceedings of the 4th International Conference on Advanced Composite Materials in Bridges and Structures (ACMBS-IV), Calgary, July 20-23, (CD-ROM), ACM-092

Shaat, A. and Fam, A. (2004) "Strengthening of Short HSS Steel Columns Using FRP Sheets", Proceedings of the 4th International Conference on Advanced Composite Materials in Bridges and Structures, (ACMBS-IV),Calgary, July 20-23, ACM-093

Mandal, S., Fam, A. and Rizkalla, S. (2004) "Alternative RC Sections Using Rectangular Concrete-Filled FRP Tubes", Proceedings of the 4th International Conference on Advanced Composite Materials in Bridges and Structures, (ACMBS-IV), Calgary, July 20-23, ACM-091

Shaat, A., Schnerch, D., Fam, A. and Rizkalla, S. (2004) "Retrofit of Steel Structures Using Fiber Reinforced Polymers (FRP): State-of-the-Art", Transportation Research Board (TRB) 83rd Annual Meeting, Washington, D.C., Jan. 11-15 (CD-ROM)

Fam A. and Rizkalla, S. (2003) "A New Generation of Composite Piles: Behavior, Design Considerations, and Field Applications", Proceedings of the Fifth Alexandria International Conference on Structural and Geotechnical Engineering (AICSCE 5), Alexandria, Egypt, Dec. 20-22, pp:GT-111-125

Fam, A., Pando, M., Filz, G. and Rizkalla, S. (2003) "Precast Composite Piles for Route 40 Bridge in Virginia", Invited Paper, Proceedings, CD-Rom, CSCE 2003, Special Session on Soil-Cylinder Interaction, Moncton, NB, Canada, June 4-7, 2003, GCT-570, pp.1-10.

Fam, A., Schnerch, D. and Rizkalla, S. (2003) "Innovative FRP/Concrete Hybrid Rectangular Beams", 6th Int. Symp. on FRP Reinforcement for Concrete Structures (FRPRCS-6), July 8-10, 2003, Singapore, Submitted for publication.

Pando, M., Lesko, J., Fam, A. and Rizkalla, S. (2002) "Durability of Concrete-Filled Tubular FRP Piles", The 3rd Int. Conf. on Composites in Infrastructure, ICCI '02, San Francisco, June 10-12, paper no. 80, pp. 1-12.

Pando, M., Lesko, J., Fam, A. and Rizkalla, S. (2002) "Moisture Effect on Durability of Axially Loaded Concrete-Filled Tubular FRP Piles", 2nd Int. Conf. on Durability of FRP Composites in Construction, CDCC 2002, Sherbrooke, May 29-31, pp. 25-37.

Rizkalla, S. and Fam, A. (2002) "State of the Art of Concrete-Filled FRP Tubular Structural Members", 3rdMiddle East Symp. on Structural Composites for Infrastructure Applications, MESC-3, Aswan, Dec. 17-20, Accepted for publication.

Fam, A., Flisak, B. and Rizkalla, S. (2001) "FRP Tubes Filled With Concrete and Subjected to Axial Loads, Flexural Loads Bending and Combined Loads", Proceedings of the Int. Conf. on FRP Composites in Civil Eng., CICE 2001, Hong Kong, Dec. 12-15.

Flisak, B., Fam, A.Z. and Rizkalla, S.H. (2001) "FRP Tubes Filled With Concrete and Subjected to Combined Axial and Flexural Loads", Proceedings of Construction Institute sessions at the ASCE 2001 Civil Eng., Oct. 10-13, Houston, sponsored by ASCE, the Construction Institute, pp. 45-54.

Flisak, B., Fam, A.Z. and Rizkalla, S.H. (2001) "Beam-Column Behavior of Hybrid FRP/Concrete Structural Members", Proceedings of the Int. Conf. on Composites in Construction, CCC 2001, Oct. 10-12, Porto.

Fam, A., Flisak, B. and Rizkalla, S. (2001) "Behavior of Concrete-Filled FRP Tubes Under Bending, Axial Loads, and Combined Loading", The 16th Annual Tech. Conf., American Society for Composites, ASC, Sept. 9-12, Virginia Tech, Blacksburg, CD-Rom.

Fam, A.Z. and Rizkalla, S.H. (2000) "Concrete-Filled FRP Tubes for Flexural and Axial Compression Members", Advanced Composite Materials in Bridges and Structures ACMBS-III, Proceeding, August, Ottawa, pp. 315-322.

Fam, A. and Rizkalla, S. (2000) "Hybrid FRP/Concrete Structural Members", 2nd ACUN International Composites Meeting, Sydney, February.

Fam, A.Z., Abdelrahman, A.A., Rizkalla, S.H. and Saltzberg, W. (1995) "FRP Flexural and Shear Reinforcements for Highway Bridges in Manitoba, Canada" 2nd Int. RILEM Symp. (FRPRCS-2), Non-Metallic (FRP) Reinforcement for Concrete Structures, Ghent, August, pp. 395-402.

Fam, A.Z., Rizkalla, S.H. and Saltzberg, W. (1995) "Model Tests for Concrete Highway Bridges in Manitoba Fully Reinforced by CFRP Reinforcements" CSCE Annual Conference, Vol. II, Ottawa, June, pp. 595-604.

Fam, A.Z., Abdelrahman, A.A., Rizkalla, S.H. and Saltzberg, W. (1995) "FRP Flexural and Shear Reinforcements for Highway Bridges in Manitoba, Canada". Proceeding of the 1st Israeli Workshop on Composite Materials for Civil Eng. Construc., National Building Research Institute, Technion City, Haifa, May 28-29, pp. 105-112.


Technical Reports and Other Research Contributions

"Guide Test Methods for Fiber-Reinforced Polymers (FRPs) for Reinforcing and Strengthening Concrete Structures", ACI 440.3R-04, authored by ACI Committee 440 members (including Fam), Oct. 2004, (pp. 40)

"Prestressing Concrete Structures with FRP Tendons", ACI 440.4R-04, authored by ACI Committee 440 members (including Fam), Dec. 2004, (pp. 35)

Fam, A.Z., Schnerch, D. and Rizkalla, S.H. (2002) "Moisture Effect on Durability of Concrete-Filled GFRP Tubular Piles", North Carolina State University, NCSU-CFL Report No.02-04.

Schnerch, D., Fam, A.Z. and Rizkalla, S.H. (2002) "FRP/Concrete Hybrid Rectangular Tubes", North Carolina State University, NCSU-CFL Report No. 02-03.

"State-of-the-Art Report on Fiber Reinforced Polymer Structurally Integrated Stay-in place Formwork for Concrete Members", prepared for ACI Committee 440-j (Stay-in-place formwork), April 2002, currently being reviewed by the committee.

Fam, A., Rizkalla, S., Nunez, R. and Bloom, J. (2002) "Static and Impact Testing of Laminated and Unlaminated Glass", North Carolina State University, NCSU-CFL Report No. 02-01.

Fam, A. and Rizkalla, S. (2001) "Experimental Testing of Aluminium Truss Joints Repaired Using FRP Sheets", North Carolina State University-CFL, Report submitted to Fyfe Co. LLC, June.

Fam, A. and Rizkalla, S.H. (2001) "Experimental Testing of Steel Rebars", North Carolina State University, NCSU-CFL Report No. 01-01.

Fam, A. Z. and Rizkalla, S. H. (2001) "Experimental Testing of DuraSpanTM Fiber-Reinforced Polyemer (FRP) Bridge Deck", North Carolina State University-CFL, Report submitted to Martin Marietta Composites, March.

Fam, A. Z. (2000) "Concrete-Filled Fiber Reinforced Polymer Tubes For Axial and Flexural Structural Members" Ph.D. Thesis, The University of Manitoba: 261 pp.

Fam, A. and Rizkalla, S. (1999) "Concrete-Filled FRP Tubes for Piles and Overhead Sign Structures", ISIS Canada, Report submitted to Lancaster Composite, December.

Rizkalla, S. Abdelrahman, A., McVey, M. Mahmoud, Z. Morphy, R. Fam, A., Williams, B., Rizkalla, N. and Liu, S. (1997) "Material Properties of C-Bar Reinforcing Rods", ISIS Canada.

Fam, A. Z. (1995) "Carbon Fiber Reinforced Plastics Prestressing and Shear Reinforcements for Concrete Highway Bridges" M.Sc. Thesis, The University of Manitoba: 210 pp.

Research Interests

  • Reinforced and prestressed concrete structures
  • Fiber Reinforced Polymers (FRP)
  • Structurally integrated stay-in-place FRP formwork for concrete structures
  • Strengthening of concrete and masonry structures using FRP
  • Strengthening of steel structures using ultra-high modulus carbon-FRP

Research Projects

  • "Flexural Behavior of Prestressed and Reinforced Concrete-Filled FRP Tubes", Queen's U., 2003-2005
  • "Beam-Column Behavior of Innovative Concrete-Filled Rectangular Filament-Wound FRP Tubes", NCSU, Queen's U., 2000-2003
  • "Repair of Damaged Masonry Walls using FRP Sheets", NCSU, 2002
  • "Repair of Damaged Aluminium Truss Joints using FRP Sheets", NCSU, 2001-2002
  • "Testing of Innovative GFRP Bridge Decks" NCSU, 2000-2002
  • "Effect of Moisture Absorption on Behavior of Axially Loaded Concrete-Filled FRP Tubes as Marine Piles", NCSU, Virginia Tech., 2000-2002
  • "Experimental and Analytical Modeling of Concrete-Filled FRP Tubes Subjected to Combined Bending and Axial Loads", ISIS Canada, U of M, NCSU, 1999-2002
  • "Concrete-Filled FRP Tubes for Axial and Flexural Structural Members", ISIS Canada, U of M, 1996-2000
  • "Carbon Fibre Reinforced Plastic Prestressing and Shear Reinforcements for Concrete Highway Bridges", U of M, 1993-1996

Photo Gallery

Testing carbon-FRP reinforced concrete girders

Testing of a one third scale model girders of the first concrete bridge (internationally) fully prestressed and reinforced for shear using carbon-FRP reinforcement (Taylor Bridge, Manitoba, Canada)

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Filament-wound glass-FRP tube

Filament-wound glass-FRP tube (Mina seems to like the shade inside....)

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Flexural testing of concrete-filled FRP tube

Flexural testing of concrete-filled FRP tube (note: we got Mina out of the tube before it was filled with concrete ....)

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Concrete-filled FRP tubes used in the Route 40 Bridge in Virginia

Concrete-filled FRP tubes were used in the Route 40 Bridge in Virginia (for the first time) as piles projected above the ground level to support the superstructure)

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Testing of innovative glass-FRP bridge deck

Testing of innovative glass-FRP bridge deck under a simulated AASHTO type truck load.

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Repair of fatigue-damaged welded aluminum truss joints using FRP sheets

Repair of fatigue-damaged welded aluminum truss joints using FRP sheets for highway overhead sign structures.

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Repair and in-plane testing of damaged masonry wall using glass-FRP sheets

Repair and in-plane testing of damaged masonry wall using glass-FRP sheets.

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Rectangular filament-wound glass-FRP tubes totally and partially filled with concrete

Rectangular filament-wound glass-FRP tubes totally and partially filled with concrete ......

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Rectangular filament-wound glass-FRP tubes filled with concrete and tested in bending

...and tested in bending.

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Rectangular concrete-filled glass-FRP tubes tested in axial compression

Rectangular concrete-filled glass-FRP tubes tested in axial compression.


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Professional Activity

  • Member of the American Society of Composites (ASC) (2001-present)
  • Secretary of ACI Sub-Committee 440-J, FRP Stay-in-Place Formworks (2000 present)
  • Associate Member of ACI Committee 440 (2000-present)
  • Member of the American Concrete Institute (ACI) (1996-present)
  • Member of the Syndicate of Engineers, Egypt (1991-1995)

Reviewer of technical papers in the following journals:

  • ACI Structural Journal (American Concrete Institute)
  • ASCE Journal of Composites for Construction (American Society of Civil Engineers)
  • ASCE Journal of Structural
  • ASCE Journal of Infrastructure Systems
  • PCI Journal (Prestressed Concrete Institute)
  • ICI Journal (Indian Concrete Institute)