Associate Professor Vinh Dao

Associate Professor

School of Civil Engineering
Faculty of Engineering, Architecture and Information Technology
v.dao@uq.edu.au
+61 7 336 54162

Overview

Qualifications:

  • PhD (Civil Engineering), The University of Queensland, Australia.
  • M.Eng (Civil Engineering), The University of Queensland, Australia.
  • Graduate Certificate in Higher Education, The University of Queensland, Australia.
  • B.Eng (Civil Engineering), The University of Danang, Vietnam.

Vinh Dao is an Associate Professor of Civil Engineering at The University of Queensland, where he has been since 2009. He is currently the UQ-IITD Research Academy Theme Lead for Advanced materials and manufacturing. He was the Director of Teaching and Learning (UQ Civil Engineering, 2020-2021) and the Deputy Director of Research (UQ Civil Engineering, 2019).

He has been an elected National Councillor of the Concrete Institute of Australia (2013-2023), responsible for "Concrete In Australia" Magazine (2013-2019) and "Technical & Publications" portfolio (2019-2023). He is currently also (i) an Associate Editor of Australian Journal of Structural Engineering and (ii) the General Secretary of EASEC International Steering Committee. He was (i) the Vice-Chair of the 16th East Asia-Pacific Conference on Structural Engineering & Construction and (ii) an invited presenter of the National Seminar Series on “Early-age cracking in concrete structures” in capital cities around Australia, besides many state/industry seminars.

Vinh's research interests are in the broad areas of structural engineering and fundamental behaviour of concrete/structures. The focus of his research has been on connecting materials behaviour to structural response of concrete in order to address major issues facing construction industry; with current emphasis on (i) performance of concrete structures at early ages and at elevated temperatures and (ii) low carbon concretes.

In teaching, he has been lecturing in the areas of structural mechanics, reinforced and prestressed concrete design, concrete technology, and advanced structural engineering. He has received a few nominations for the most effective lecturer from UQ-EAIT Dean’s commendation students and was profiled in Learning@UQ for having contributed to high quality of the student experience at UQ.

Research Interests

  • Fire performance of concrete structures
    Our current knowledge of concrete performance in fire remains largely based on data from conventional tests in which the thermal loading experienced by concrete specimens is very difficult to be consistently controlled. As a result, the effect of temperature gradients within concrete on its fire performance has not been adequately investigated; neither has the influence of critical processes linked with temperature gradients (including thermal stresses, moisture transport, and pore pressures) – This knowledge gap is critical due to the likely significant temperature gradients within concrete in fire. This line of research, through addressing major shortcomings of current “standardized” tests for concrete in fire, aims to address the above-mentioned knowledge gap.
  • Fundamental properties and behaviour of early-age concrete
    Early-age cracks and their further development at later ages can seriously compromise the integrity, durability, aesthetics, and long-term service life of wide-ranging types of concrete structures. Despite significant ongoing research, problems in early-age concrete remain among the most common causes of litigation in current construction industry. This line of research, through addressing major existing gaps, aims to provide a holistic understanding of the key phenomena and factors underlying the performance of early-age concrete, leading to more effective crack control in concrete structures.
  • Structural engineering
    This line of research covers structural material characterisation, advanced structural design, computational methods and experimental techniques.
  • Performance of newer types of concrete
    Investigating fundamental properties and behaviour of newer types of concrete, including low carbon concretes.
  • Chloride-induced and carbonation-induced corrosion of reinforced concrete structures
    This line of research aims to develop more reliable models for service-life prediction of coastal reinforced concrete structures, taking due account of the combined effects of mechanical and environmental loadings.

Qualifications

  • Graduate Certificate in Higher Education, The University of Queensland
  • Doctor of Philosophy, The University of Queensland
  • Masters (Coursework) of Engineering, The University of Queensland

Publications

  • Etemadi, Elahe, Zhou, Hao, Dao, Vinh and Fernando, Dilum (2024). Improving the Load-Carrying Capacity of FRP-to-Concrete Bonded Joints Using a Biaxial GFRP Interlayer. Journal of Composites for Construction, 28 (4). doi: 10.1061/jccof2.cceng-4383

  • Pimienta, Pierre, McNamee, Robert, Robert, Fabienne, Boström, Lars, Huang, Shan-Shan, Mróz, Katarzyna, Davie, Colin, Mohaine, Siyimane, Alonso, Maria Cruz, Bodnarova, Lenka, Bosnjak, Josipa, Dal Pont, Stefano, Dao, Vinh, Dauti, Dorjan, Dehn, Frank, Felicetti, Roberto, Hager, Izabela, Hela, Rudolf, Hozjan, Tomaz, Juknat, Michael, Jumppanen, Ulla-Maija, Kirnbauer, Johannes, Kolsek, Jerneja, Korzen, Manfred, Lakhani, Hitesh, Lion, Maxime, Lo Monte, Francesco, Maluk, Cristian, Meftah, Fekri ... Weise, Frank (2024). Recommendation of RILEM TC 256-SPF on fire spalling assessment during standardised fire resistance tests: complementary guidance and requirements. Materials and Structures/Materiaux et Constructions, 57 (1) 3. doi: 10.1617/s11527-023-02248-z

  • Pimienta, Pierre, McNamee, Robert, Hager, Izabela, Mróz, Katarzyna, Boström, Lars, Mohaine, Siyimane, Huang, Shan-Shan, Mindeguia, Jean-Christophe, Robert, Fabienne, Davie, Colin, Felicetti, Roberto, Miah, Md Jihad, Lion, Maxime, Lo Monte, Francesco, Ozawa, Mitsuo, Rickard, Ieuan, Sideris, Kosmas, Alonso, Maria Cruz, Millard, Alain, Jumppanen, Ulla-Maija, Bodnarova, Lenka, Bosnjak, Josipa, Dal Pont, Stefano, Dao, Vinh, Dauti, Dorjan, Dehn, Frank, Hela, Rudolf, Hozjan, Tomaz, Juknat, Michael ... Weise, Frank (2023). Recommendation of RILEM TC 256-SPF on the method of testing concrete spalling due to fire: material screening test. Materials and Structures, 56 (9) 164, 1-12. doi: 10.1617/s11527-023-02202-z

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Supervision

  • Doctor Philosophy

  • Doctor Philosophy

  • Doctor Philosophy

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Publications

Book

Journal Article

Conference Publication

  • Dabarera, Arosha, Li, Liang, Jamwal, Vishvendra Singh, Satapara, Nisarg, Liu, Xifeng and Dao, Vinh (2023). Assessing early-age dynamic elastic modulus in high-performance concrete. International RILEM Conference on Synergising Expertise towards Sustainability and Robustness of Cement-based Materials and Concrete Structures: SynerCrete’23, Milos Island, Greece, 14-16 June 2023. Cham, Switzerland: Springer. doi: 10.1007/978-3-031-33211-1_66

  • Li, Liang, O’Moore, Liza, Dux, Peter, Lura, Pietro and Dao, Vinh (2020). Evolution of coefficient of thermal expansion of concrete at early ages. ACMSM25, Brisbane, Australia, 4-7 December, 2018. Singapore: Springer. doi: 10.1007/978-981-13-7603-0_30

  • Li, Liang, Lura, Pietro and Dao, Vinh (2019). Novel tests and improved understanding of concrete performance from very early ages. The International Federation for Structural Concrete 5th International FIB Congress FIB 2018 Better Smarter Stronger, Melbourne, VIC Australia, 7-11 October 2018. Lausanne, Switzerland: Federation Internationale du Beton (fib).

  • Binhowimal, S. A. M., Ho, J. C. M. and Dao, Vinh T.N. (2019). The use of low-carbon-footprint filler in highperformance concrete. The International Federation for Structural Concrete 5th International FIB Congress FIB 2018 Better Smarter Stronger, Melbourne, VIC Australia, 7-11 October 2018. Lausanne, Switzerland: Federation Internationale du Beton (fib).

  • Le, Q. X., Dao, V. T. N., Maluk, C., Torero, J. and Bisby, L. (2017). An investigation into temperature gradient effects on concrete performance at elevated temperatures. 24th Australasian Conference on the Mechanics of Structures and Materials, Perth, WA, Australia, 6-9 December 2016. Boca Raton, FL, United States: CRC Press. doi: 10.1201/9781315226460-147

  • Ba Le, Dinh, Tran, Son Duy, Dao, Vinh T.N. and Torero, José (2017). Deformation capturing of concrete structures at elevated temperatures. 6th International Workshop on Performance, Protection & Strengthening of Structures under Extreme Loading, PROTECT 2017, Guangzhou (Canton), China, December 11-12, 2017. Amsterdam, NX Netherlands: Elsevier . doi: 10.1016/j.proeng.2017.11.121

  • Le, Quang Xuan, Dao, Vinh The Ngoc, Maluk, Cristian, Bisby, Luke and Torero, Jose Luis (2016). Constitutive models of concrete at elevated temperatures: studying the effect of temperature gradients. International Conference on Structures in Fire, Princeton, NJ, United States, 8-10 June 2016. Lancaster, PA, United States: DEStech Publications.

  • Dao, Vinh The Ngoc, Nguyen, Duy and Lura, Pietro (2016). Early-age thermal cracking in concrete structures – The role of zero-stress temperature?. Fourteenth East Asia-Pacific Conference on Structural Engineering and Construction (EASEC-14), Ho Chi Minh City, Vietnam, 6-8 January 2016. Ho Chi Minh City, Vietnam: HCMC University of Technology and Construction Publishing House.

  • Dao, V. T. N. (2015). Early-age thermal cracking in concrete. Second International Conference on Sustainable Urbanization (ICSU 2015), Hong Kong, China, 7-9 January 2015. Hong Kong, China: Research Institute for Sustainable Urban Development & Faculty of Construction and Environment, The Hong Kong Polytechnic University.

  • Nguyen, Duy H., Dao, Vinh T. N., O'Moore, Liza and Dux, Peter (2015). Effects of micro-fibres on early-age properties of concrete. International Conference on Performance-based and Life-cycle Structural Engineering, Brisbane, QLD, Australia, 9-11 December 2015. Brisbane, QLD, Australia: School of Civil Engineering, The University of Queensland. doi: 10.14264/uql.2016.406

  • Le, Quang X., Dao, Vinh and Torero, Jose L. (2015). Fire performance of concrete: effect of temperature gradients?. PROTECT2015 - Fifth International Workshop on Performance, Protection and Strengthening of Structures under Extreme Loading, East Lansing, MI, United States, 28-30 June 2015. Lancaster, PA, United States: DEStech Publications.

  • Li, Liang, Zhou, Wei, Dao, Vinh, Ozgakkaloglu, Togay and Liu, Xinghong (2015). Properties of cement-based materials containing fly ash. International Conference on Performance-based and Life-cycle Structural Engineering, Brisbane, Australia, 9-11 December, 2015. Brisbane, Australia: The University of Queensland, School of Civil Engineering. doi: 10.14264/uql.2016.402

  • Le, Quang X., Dao, Vinh T. N. and Torero, Jose L. (2015). Temperature and stress in concrete cylinder specimen subject to uniform heat flux: a numerical solution. International Conference on Performance-based and Life-cycle Structural Engineering, Brisbane, QLD, Australia, 9-11 December 2015. Brisbane, QLD, Australia: School of Civil Engineering, The University of Queensland. doi: 10.14264/uql.2016.407

  • Nguyen, Duy and Dao, Vinh T. N. (2015). Tensile properties of early-age concrete. 27th Biennial National Conference of the Concrete Institute of Australia in conjunction with the 69th RILEM Week, Melbourne, VIC, Australia, 30 August - 2 September 2015. North Sydney, NSW, Australia: Concrete Institute of Australia.

  • Nguyen, Duy and Dao, Vinh (2014). A novel method for tensile testing of very early-age concrete. Australasian Conference on the Mechanics of Structures and Materials, Byron Bay, NSW, Australia, 9-12 December 2014. Lismore, NSW, Australia: Southern Cross University.

  • Dao, Vinh, Morris, Peter H. and Dux, Peter F. (2013). Crack propagation in concrete at early ages. 26th Biennial Conference of the Concrete Institute of Australia, Gold Coast , Australia, 16-18 October 2013. North Sydney, Australia: Concrete Institute of Australia.

  • Buswell, William and Dao, Vinh (2013). Pile cap design using strut-and-tie modelling. Concrete 2013: 26th Biennial National Conference of the Concrete Institute of Australia, Gold Coast, QLD, Australia, 16-18 October, 2013. North Sydney, NSW, Australia: Concrete Institute of Australia.

  • Dao, V. T. N., Morris, P. H. and Dux, P. F. (2010). Fracture mechanics of early-age concrete. 7th International Conference on Fracture Mechanics of Concrete and Concrete Structures, Jeju, Korea, 23-28 May 2010. Seoul, Korea: Korea Concrete Institute; IA-FraMCoS.

  • Morris, P. H., Dux, P. F. and Dao, V. T. N. (2010). Snap-through cracking in plastic concrete slabs. 7th International Conference on Fracture Mechanics of Concrete and Concrete Structures, Jeju, Korea, 23-28 May, 2010. Jeju, Korea: International Association of Fracture Mechanics for Concrete and Concrete Structures (IA-FraMCoS).

  • Dao, V., Dux, P. F. and Morris, P. H. (2008). Tensile properties of early age concrete. International Congress on "Concrete: Construction's Sustainable Option", Dundee, United Kingdom, 8-10 July 2008. United Kingdom: IHS BRE Press.

  • Dao, Vinh, Morris, P.H. and Dux, P.F. (2008). Thermodynamic equations for total, matric and osmotic suctions. International Congress on "Concrete: Construction's Sustanable Option", Dundee, United Kingdom, 8-10 July 2008. United Kingdom: IHS BRE Press.

  • Dao, V., Dux, P. F. and Morris, P. H. (2007). Effectiveness of permeability-Reducing admixtures in marine concrete. 5th International Conrete under Severe Conditions Environment and Loading (CONSEC'07), France, 4-6 June 2007. France: Laboratoire Central Des Ponts et Chaussees (LCPC).

  • Dao, V., Dux, P. F. and Carse, A. (2005). Corrosion of steel reinforcement in concrete structures exposed to coastal environments - Its causes and corrective measures. 3rd national congress on problems and failures of building structures, Hanoi, Vietnam, 25 November 2005. Hanoi, Vietnam: Construction Publishing House.

  • Dao, Vinh N. T., Morris, Peter H. and Dux, Peter F. (2005). Plastic cracking of concrete: The roles of osmotic and matric suctions. 6th International Congress, Global Construction: Ultimate Concrete Opportunities, Dundee, Scotland, United Kingdom, 5-7 July 2005. London, United Kingdom: ThomasTelford. doi: 10.1680/ccfdc.34013.0045

  • Dao, V. N., Dux, P. F. and Morris, P. H. (2005). Plastic shrinkage cracking in concrete - its causes and preventive/corrective measures. 3rd national congress on problems and failures of building structures, Hanoi, Vietnam, 25 November 2005. Hanoi, Vietnam: Vietnam inst for building science and technology.

  • Dao, V. N T, Dux, P. F. and O'Moore, L. M. (2005). Punching shear of slab-column connection in flat plate construction. 2005 International Congress - Global Construction: Ultimate Concrete Opportunities, ,, 5-7 July 2005.

  • Dao, V., Dux, P. F. and O'Moore, L. M. (2005). Punching shear of slab-column connection in flat plate construction. 2005 International Congress Global Construction, Dundee, Scotland, 7 July 2005. London, United Kingdom: Thomas Telford Publishing.

Edited Outputs

  • Vinh Dao and Peter Dux eds. (2013). Concrete 2013: conference proceedings. Understanding concrete. Concrete 2013: 26th Biennial National Conference of the Concrete Institute of Australia, Gold Coast, QLD, Australia, 16-18 October, 2013. North Sydney, NSW, Australia: Concrete Institute of Australia.

Other Outputs

  • Dao, Vinh The Ngoc (2007). Early-age cracking of concrete. PhD Thesis, School of Engineering, The University of Queensland. doi: 10.14264/158702

PhD and MPhil Supervision

Current Supervision

  • Doctor Philosophy — Principal Advisor

  • Doctor Philosophy — Principal Advisor

  • Doctor Philosophy — Principal Advisor

  • Doctor Philosophy — Principal Advisor

  • Master Philosophy — Associate Advisor

  • Doctor Philosophy — Associate Advisor

    Other advisors:

Completed Supervision