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Associate Professor Hafizah Binti Ramli
Associate Professor in Structural Engineering
Faculty of Engineering,
School of Civil & Environmental Engineering
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Identifiers and profiles

PhD in Civil Engineering (Imperial College, London)

Professional memberships
and associations

Member, Engineers Australia

Member, Australian Steel Institute

Professional Engineer, Board of Engineers Malaysia


Dr Nor Hafizah Ramli Sulong is an Associate Professor in Structural Engineering in the School of Civil and Environmental Engineering, QUT.  She joined QUT in 2020, after 14 years of services in the Department of Civil Engineering, University of Malaya, Malaysia.  She obtained her PhD in Civil Engineering from Imperial College London in 2005.  Her research interests include analysis and design of steel and composite structures, strengthening of structures, structural fire engineering and fire protection materials.  She has produced more than 135 journal papers and conference proceedings and completed supervision of 16 PhDs and 8 Master by Research students. She is also a Professional Engineer under the Board of Engineers Malaysia.

Research areas: Hafizah has developed research interests within structural engineering field such as:

Steel and composite structures

Her research is mainly in experimental and numerical studies of steel members such as tubular composite columns i.e. concrete-filled tubular section, concrete-filled double steel tubes, tubular flexural members, joints for tubular members and shear connectors in composite structures.  These studies aim to provide more solutions for effective and optimised structural performance under monotonic and cyclic loadings.

Strengthening of structural members

Hafizah has examined the behaviour of strengthened steel and concrete beams using different types of fibre reinforced polymer such as carbon fibre and glass fibre.  Her research also proposed several techniques including near surface mounted, side-near surface mounted and side-externally bonded reinforcement with more economical solution in structural strengthening by using sustainable mortar as partial adhesive replacement.

Structural Fire Engineering

Hafizah has focused on examining the behaviour of steel joints under fire, where she has developed a component method for accessing the performance of several types of steel connections at elevated temperature.  She also has experimentally tested the behaviour of tubular steel beams and steel pallet rack beam-to-column connection at elevated temperature.

Fire Protection Materials

Hafizah has collaborated with researchers in material science to develop intumescent coating materials with eco-friendly and sustainable bio fillers such as chicken eggshell, palm oil clinker and rice husk ash.  The developed solvent-based and water-based coatings has excellent fire resistance performance which is suitable for structural steel application.

Completed supervision of Doctorates research projects:

  1. Efficient Side Near Surface Mounting Techniques for Strengthening of Reinforced Concrete Beams (2019)
  2. Analysis of Cyclic Performance of Stiffened Steel Plate Shear Walls (2018)
  3. Simulation of Strengthened Reinforced Concrete Beam Debonding Behaviour using Global Energy Balance Approach (2018)
  4. Flexural Performance of Cold-formed Steel Tube Filled with Oil Palm Clinker Concrete (2018)
  5. Effect of Spiral Reinforcement on Axial Compression Behaviour of Tubular Steel Short Columns Filled with Normal and Lightweight Concretes (2018)
  6. Investigation on Plate End Debonding in CFRP Strengthened Wide-Flange Steel I-beams under Monotonic and Fatigue Loading (2017)
  7. Experimental Investigations on Novel Double-Sleeve TubeBolt Moment Connection to Concrete Filled Tubular Column (2017)
  8. Stochastic Response of Tension Leg Platform (2017)
  9. Behaviour of Reverse Top Seat Angle Connections at Ambient and Elevated Temperatures (2017)
  10. Evaluating the Performance of W-Beam Guardrail Roadside Safety Barrier Systems (2016)
  11. Behaviour of Steel Pallet Rack Beam to Column Connections at Ambient and Elevated Temperature (2016)
  12. Development and Characterization of Intumescent Fire Protective Coatings (2015)
  13. Structural Behaviour of Through Steel Beam Connection to Concrete Filled Square Steel Tube Column (2013)
  14. Behaviour of C-Shaped Shear Connectors in Steel Concrete Composite Beams (2013)
  15. Carbon Fibre Reinforced Polymer Strips for Flexural and Shear Strengthening of Steel I-Beams (2011)
  16. Eccentricity Optimization of Off-Centre Brace System by Using Genetic Algorithm (2010)

Completed supervision of Master by Research projects:

  1. Palm Oil Clinker as Novel Bio-filler in Intumescent Fire Protective Coatings for Steel (2018)
  2. Performance of Precast Beam-Column Connection by Using Different Modular Size of Components (2017)
  3. Dynamic Analysis of Jacket Type Offshore Platforms Considering Joint Flexibility (2015)
  4. Fatigue Strength of Channel Shear Connectors in Full Scale Steel-Concrete Composite Beams (2014)
  5. Investigation on Torsional Behaviour of CFRP Strengthened Square Hollow Steel (2013)
  6. Numerical Investigation of Top-Seat Angle Connections at Elevated Temperatures (2013)
  7. Characterization of Intumescent nano-coatings As Fire Protection material for Steel (2012)
  8. Steel Connection Behaviour in Frame and Floor System at Elevated Temperature (2012)
This information has been contributed by Associate Professor Hafizah Binti Ramli.


Units taught:

1) EGB275 Structural Mechanics

2) EGB473 Composite Structures

3) EGH400-1 Research Project 1

4) UXB112 Introduction to Structures

5) EGB375 Design of Concrete Structures

This information has been contributed by Associate Professor Hafizah Binti Ramli.


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