Section: Overview
Key publications
Research funding
Supervising & teaching

Key details

Areas of expertise

  • Structural mechanics and stability
  • Sustainable materials
  • High strength steel
  • Thermal effects on structures
  • Infrastructure sustainability

Available to supervise research students

Available for media queries

About Yanni Bouras

Yanni Bouras is a lecturer with the College of Engineering and Science. He has been a part of Victoria University since 2011 when he begun his undergraduate studies in Civil Engineering. Yanni then completed his PhD with Victoria University in Structural Engineering. His doctoral research investigated the thermal stability of concrete and concrete-filled-steel tubular arches.  

In addition to structural mechanics, Yanni holds research interests in sustainable construction and has initiated research projects on the development of building products containing recycled waste materials, and infrastructure sustainability rating tools.

Yanni has taught across both the Engineering and Built Environment disciplines in the College of Engineering and Science. He has experience teaching structural analysis and design, construction techniques and operations, land surveying and building science.  


  • BEng (Hons), Victoria University, Australia, 2015
  • PhD, Victoria University, Australia, 2020
  • GCTE, Victoria University, Australia, 2020

Key publications

Year Citation
2023 Haigh, R., Sandanayake, M., Bouras, Y., & Vrcelj, Z. (230515). The durability performance of waste cardboard kraft fibre reinforced concrete. Journal of Building Engineering, 67

doi: 10.1016/j.jobe.2023.106010

2023 Bouras, Y., & Vrcelj, Z. (230227). Fractional and fractal derivative-based creep models for concrete under constant and time-varying loading. Construction and Building Materials, 367

doi: 10.1016/j.conbuildmat.2023.130324

2023 Sandanayake, M. S., Vrcelj, Z., Bouras, Y., Chau, H. W., & Hastings, P. (230101). Simplified rating tool to evaluate sustainable practices of small-scale infrastructure projects in Australia - a comparative review. Smart and Sustainable Built Environment,

doi: 10.1108/SASBE-05-2022-0089

2022 Haigh, R., Joseph, P., Sandanayake, M., Bouras, Y., & Vrcelj, Z. (221201). Thermal Characterizations of Waste Cardboard Kraft Fibres in the Context of Their Use as a Partial Cement Substitute within Concrete Composites. Materials, 15(24),

doi: 10.3390/ma15248964

2022 Sandanayake, M., Bouras, Y., & Vrcelj, Z. (220901). Environmental Sustainability in Infrastructure ConstructionA Review Study on Australian Higher Education Program Offerings. Infrastructures, 7(9),

doi: 10.3390/infrastructures7090109

2022 Sandanayake, M., Bouras, Y., & Vrcelj, Z. (220310). A feasibility study of using coffee cup waste as a building material - Life cycle assessment and multi-objective optimisation. Journal of Cleaner Production, 339

doi: 10.1016/j.jclepro.2022.130498

2022 Haigh, R., Bouras, Y., Sandanayake, M., & Vrcelj, Z. (220124). The mechanical performance of recycled cardboard kraft fibres within cement and concrete composites. Construction and Building Materials, 317

doi: 10.1016/j.conbuildmat.2021.125920

2021 Bouras, Y., & Vrcelj, Z. (211201). In-plane buckling strength of high strength steel I-section arches. Journal of Constructional Steel Research, 187

doi: 10.1016/j.jcsr.2021.107001

2021 Haigh, R., Sandanayake, M., Bouras, Y., & Vrcelj, Z. (210823). A review of the mechanical and durability performance of kraft-fibre reinforced mortar and concrete. Construction and Building Materials, 297

doi: 10.1016/j.conbuildmat.2021.123759

2020 Bouras, Y., & Vrcelj, Z. (201201). Out-of-plane stability of concrete-filled steel tubular arches at elevated temperatures. International Journal of Mechanical Sciences, 187

doi: 10.1016/j.ijmecsci.2020.105916

Research funding for the past 5 years

Please note:

  • Funding is ordered by the year the project commenced and may continue over several years.
  • Funding amounts for contact research are not disclosed to maintain commercial confidentiality.
  • The order of investigators is not indicative of the role they played in the research project.

Social Value Creation for Transport and Infrastructure
From: Victorian Higher Education Strategic Investment Fund
Other investigators: Dr Malindu Sandanayake, Dr Xiaocui Lou, Dr Elmira Jamei, Dr Hing-wah Chau, Aspr David Goodwin, Prof Zora Vrcelj, Dr Riccardo Natoli, Dr Melissa Chan
For period: 2021-2022

Supervision of research students at VU

Available to supervise research students

Available for media queries

Currently supervised research students at VU

No. of students Study level Role
1 PhD Associate supervisor

Currently supervised research students at VU

Students & level Role
PhD (1) Associate supervisor

Professional memberships

  • Professional member, Engineers Australia
  • Accredited Professional, Infrastructure Sustainability Council of Australia