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Associate Professor Qing Quan Liang

PhD (Structural Eng), GradCert Tertiary Education, VU; ME (Structural Eng), UOW

Associate Professor of Structural Engineering

Associate Professor Qing Quan (Stephen) Liang is an Associate Professor of Structural Engineering in the College of Engineering and Science. He obtained his PhD from Victoria University of Technology in 2002 and his ME from the University of Wollongong in 1998. He has been appointed Guest Professor at Changsha University of Science and Technology, Central South University and Xi’an University of Architecture and Technology in China.

Previously, he was a Lecturer in Structural Design, Associate Head and Program Coordinator at the University of Southern Queensland and an ARC Australian Postdoctoral Fellow and Research Associate at the University of New South Wales and University of Western Sydney.

His research focuses on developing efficient computational methods and computer simulation technologies for the optimal structural design and nonlinear inelastic analysis of steel-concrete composite structures, steel structures and concrete structures.

He has published some 85 books, book chapters, special issues, journal articles, and refereed conference papers. He is the sole author of the research book entitled Performance-Based Optimization of Structures: Theory and Applications and of the textbook entitled Analysis and Design of Steel and Composite Structures published by Taylor and Francis Group, and the co-author of the research book entitled Nonlinear Analysis of Concrete-Filled Steel Tubular Columns. More than 80% of his journal articles were published in SCImago Journal Rank Q1 international journals.

He is the Founder and President of Australian Association for Steel-Concrete Composite Structures (AASCCS). He is a member of American Society of Civil Engineers (ASCE) and had served on the ASCE Technical Committees on Optimal Structural Design and on Composite Construction. He received the ASCE 2005 State-of-the-Art of Civil Engineering Award from ASCE. He is a member of the Editorial Boards of eight international journals, including Steel and Composite Structures ― An International Journal.

Recent publications

Books

Patel, V. I., Liang, Q. Q. & Hadi, M. N. S. (2015) Nonlinear Analysis of Concrete-Filled Steel Tubular Columns, Scholars’ Press, Germany, ISBN 978-3-639-66536-9.

Liang, Q. Q. (2014) Analysis and Design of Steel and Composite Structures, CRC Press, Taylor and Francis Group, London and New York, ISBN 9780415532204.

Liang, Q. Q. (2005) Performance-Based Optimization of Structures: Theory and Applications, Spon Press, Taylor and Francis Group, London and New York, ISBN 0-415-33594-9.

Liang, Q. Q. & Patrick, M. (2001) Design of the Shear Connection of Simply-Supported Composite Beams, Design Booklet DB1.2, Composite Structures Design Manual, OneSteel, Sydney.

Refereed journal articles

Patel, V. I., Liang, Q. Q. & Hadi, M. N. S. (2015) Biaxially loaded high-strength concrete-filled steel tubular slender beam-columns, Part II: Parametric study, Journal of Constructional Steel Research, 110: 200-207. SCImago Journal Rank = Q1. Impact Factor = 1.321.

Patel, V. I., Liang, Q. Q. and Hadi, M. N. S. (2014) Nonlinear analysis of axially loaded circular concrete‐filled stainless steel tubular short columns, Journal of Constructional Steel Research, 101, 9‐18. SCImago Journal Rank = Q1. Impact Factor = 1.321.

Patel, V. I., Liang, Q. Q. and Hadi, M. N. S. (2014) Behavior of biaxially‐loaded rectangular concrete filled-steel tubular slender beam‐columns with preload effects, Thin-Walled Structures, 79, 166‐177. SCImago Journal Rank = Q1. Impact Factor = 1.749.

Patel, V. I., Liang, Q. Q. and Hadi, M. N. S. (2014) Numerical analysis of high‐strength concrete‐filled steel tubular slender beam‐columns under cyclic loading, Journal of Constructional Steel Research, 92, 183‐194. SCImago Journal Rank = Q1. Impact Factor = 1.321.

Liang, Q. Q., Patel, V. I. and Hadi, M. N. S. (2012) Biaxially loaded high-strength concrete-filled steel tubular slender beam-columns, Part I: Multiscale simulation, Journal of Constructional Steel Research, 75: 64-71. SCImago Journal Rank = Q1. Impact Factor = 1.321.

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Teaching responsibilities

Dr Liang teaches the and coordinates the following units:

Postgraduate research students and fellows

Completions

2 PhD students (1 principal supervisor and 1 co-supervisor), 2 Masters students (1 sole supervisor and 1 principal supervisor), 40 Honours students.

Current supervision

Currently supervising 1 PhD student as principal supervisor.

Research grants

  • Discovery Project Grant from the Australian Research Council in 2004-2006 for the research project entitled “Advanced Analysis of Steel-Concrete Composite Frames under Extreme Loading”, $210,000.
  • Large Project Grant from the National Natural Science Foundation of China in 2005-2007 for the research project entitled “Study on the Theory and Applications of Structural Topology Optimization with Topological Variation and Level Set”, $270,000.
  • Internal Early Career Researchers Program Grant from the University of Southern Queensland in 2006 for the research project entitled “Nonlinear analysis and behavior of thin-walled concrete-filled steel tubular beam-columns”, $6,000.
  • Internal VU Researchers Development Grants Scheme from Victoria University in 2009 for the research project entitled “Nonlinear Analysis and Behaviour of Thin-Walled Concrete-Filled Stainless Steel Tubular Columns”, $26,998.

Professional memberships

  • Founder and President, Australian Association for Steel-Concrete Composite Structures (AASCCS)
  • Member, American Society of Civil Engineers (ASCE)
  • Member, The International Society of Structural and Multidisciplinary Optimization (ISSMO
  • Member, The Association for Steel-Concrete Composite Structures (ASCCS)

Industry experience

Associate Professor Liang has many years of industry experience as a structural design engineer and has designed many multistorey buildings.

Areas of expertise

  • Computational mechanics
  • Concrete structures
  • Nonlinear/finite element analysis
  • Steel structures
  • Steel-concrete composite structures
  • Structural optimisation

Contact details

+61 3 9919 4134