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Areas of expertise

  • Sustainable structures and building materials
  • Advanced composite structures
  • Structural stability
  • Engineering mechanics

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About Zora Vrcelj

As Head of Built Environment at Victoria University, Associate Professor Zora Vrcelj enjoys working across the built environment, engineering and construction sector to achieve impactful outcomes.

Prior to joining Victoria University in 2012 Associate Professor Vrcelj was an academic for 12 years within the School of Civil and Environmental Engineering at the University of New South Wales (UNSW).

Associate Professor Vrcelj has been working to bring about technological developments aimed at enhancing the functionalities of high-performance structures (smart buildings and civil infrastructure). She has worked on numerous research projects with particular focus on structural engineering design, advanced composite structures embedded with piezoelectric sensors and actuators, and testing and evaluation of materials used in buildings and civil infrastructure. This experience, combined with her work in the fields of structural engineering, structural mechanics, materials science and smart buildings, enables her to extrapolate this expertise to built environment practice.

Associate Professor Vrcelj has published over 80 refereed technical publications and has secured numerous competitive grants (including ARC DP and CRC grants). Since 2010, she has held a Visiting Professor position in Civil engineering at the University of Novi Sad, Serbia

Qualifications

  • PhD in Structural Engineering, University of NSW, Australia, 2003
  • Bachelor of Civil Engineering (Honours 1), University of Wollongong, 1998

Key publications

Year Citation
2018 Bouras, Y., Torres-Don, E., & Vrcelj, Z. (180101). Thermal in-plane buckling of concrete-filled steel tubular arches Paper presented at Tubular Structures XVI - Proceedings of the 16th International Symposium on Tubular Structures, ISTS 2017 (pp. 101-108).

doi: 10.1201/9781351210843-13

2017 Bouras, Y., & Vrcelj, Z. (170101). Effect of transient thermal strain on the stability of shallow concrete arches Paper presented at Mechanics of Structures and Materials: Advancements and Challenges - Proceedings of the 24th Australasian Conference on the Mechanics of Structures and Materials, ACMSM24 2016 (pp. 963-970).

Year Citation
2019 Bouras, Y., & Vrcelj, Z. (191101). Thermal in-plane stability of concrete-filled steel tubular arches. International Journal of Mechanical Sciences, 163

doi: 10.1016/j.ijmecsci.2019.105130

2018 Sharifi, S., Gohari, S., Sharifiteshnizi, M., Alebrahim, R., Burvill, C., Yahya, Y., & Vrcelj, Z. (180901). Fracture of laminated woven GFRP composite pressure vessels under combined low-velocity impact and internal pressure. Archives of Civil and Mechanical Engineering, 18(4), (1715-1728).

doi: 10.1016/j.acme.2018.07.006

2018 Gohari, S., Sharifi, S., Abadi, R., Izadifar, M., Burvill, C., & Vrcelj, Z. (180731). A quadratic piezoelectric multi-layer shell element for FE analysis of smart laminated composite plates induced by MFC actuators. Smart Materials and Structures, 27(9),

doi: 10.1088/1361-665X/aacc95

2018 Bouras, Y., Zorica, D., Atanackovic, T. M., & Vrcelj, Z. (180301). A non-linear thermo-viscoelastic rheological model based on fractional derivatives for high temperature creep in concrete. Applied Mathematical Modelling, 55 (551-568).

doi: 10.1016/j.apm.2017.11.028

2017 Bouras, Y., & Vrcelj, Z. (171201). Non-linear in-plane buckling of shallow concrete arches subjected to combined mechanical and thermal loading. Engineering Structures, 152 (413-423).

doi: 10.1016/j.engstruct.2017.09.029

2017 Zorica, D., Atanackovic, T. M., Vrcelj, Z., & Novakovic, B. (170501). Dynamic stability of axially loaded nonlocal rod on generalized pasternak foundation. Journal of Engineering Mechanics, 143(5),

doi: 10.1061/(ASCE)EM.1943-7889.0001090

2017 Gohari, S., Sharifi, S., & Vrcelj, Z. (170201). A novel explicit solution for twisting control of smart laminated cantilever composite plates/beams using inclined piezoelectric actuators. Composite Structures, 161 (477-504).

doi: 10.1016/j.compstruct.2016.11.063

2016 Gohari, S., Sharifi, S., & Vrcelj, Z. (160610). New explicit solution for static shape control of smart laminated cantilever piezo-composite-hybrid plates/beams under thermo-electro-mechanical loads using piezoelectric actuators. Composite Structures, 145 (89-112).

doi: 10.1016/j.compstruct.2016.02.047

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.

Domestic Building Defects Data
From: Victorian Managed Insurance Authority
Investigators: Dr Wei Yang, Dr Malindu Sandanayake
For period: 2018-2019
Not disclosed

Supervision of research students at VU

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Currently supervised research students at VU

No. of students Study level Role
2 PhD Principal supervisor
1 PhD Associate supervisor
1 Masters by Research Principal supervisor

Currently supervised research students at VU

Students & level Role
PhD (2) Principal supervisor
PhD (1) Associate supervisor
Masters by Research (1) Principal supervisor

Completed supervision of research students at VU

No. of students Study level Role
2 PhD Principal supervisor

Completed supervision of research students at VU

Students & level Role
PhD (2) Principal supervisor

Careers

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