Dr Vinh Dao

Senior Lecturer

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 is the current Director of Teaching and Learning (Civil Engineering) and was the Deputy Director of Research (Civil Engineering, 2019) at the University of Queensland.

Vinh is currently also (i) an elected National Councillor and the 'Technical & Publications' Chair of the Concrete Institute of Australia and (ii) an elected member 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 2012 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 Vinh's 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 performance of concrete at early ages and at elevated temperatures.

Vinh 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-2012, a major UQ annual publication, for having contributed to high quality of the student experience at UQ. In 2012, he was invited to review curricula for civil engineering programs at the University of Danang (with funding from the World Bank).

Major research funding

  • 2018-2020: Vinh Dao, Pietro Lura. Early-age cracking in concrete structures: Mechanisms and control, ARC Discovery Project DP180103160.
  • 2017-2018: Vinh Dao, Liza O'Moore, Johnny Ho. Holistic approach to course design and delivery to enhance students’ learning: Effective use of digital technology tools, EAIT Student Strategy Grant.
  • 2017-2019: Jay Sanjayan, Stephen Foster, Brian Uy, Priyan Mendis, Yi-Min (Mike) Xie, Wenhui Duan, Asghar Habibnegad Korayem, Vinh Dao, Zhong Tao, Maurice Guerrieri, Syed Masood, Emad Gad, John Wilson, Sujeeva Setunge, Chunhui Yang. Three-dimensional concrete printing facility, ARC LIEF LE170100168.
  • 2017-2019: Andrei Kotooussov, Giang D Nguyen, Arcady Dyskin, Elena Pasternak, Phillip Dight, Dr Jie Pan, Dr Ha Bui, Wenhui Duan, Chun Wang, Pier Marzocca, Martin Veidt, Nangallage Fernando, Vinh Dao, Cara MacNish, Stuart Wildy. Bridging time/size scales in strain measurements with advanced DIC facility, ARC LIEF LE170100079.
  • 2015-2017: Vinh Dao, Jose Torero Cullen, Johnny Ho, Liza O'Moore, Luke Bisby. Fire performance of concrete using novel fire testing, ARC Discovery Project DP150102354.
  • 2013-2015: Faris Albermani, Jose Torero Cullen, Sritawat Kitipornchai, Martin Veidt, Vinh Dao, Mark Bradford, Guowei Ma, Mahen Mahendran, Michael Griffith. Performance level structural testing facility, ARC LIEF LE130100089.
  • 2009-2010: Peter Dux, Vinh Dao, Liza O'Moore. Development of a new and sustainable practical geopolymer concrete for building and infrastructure applications, UQ FirstLink Scheme.

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 geopolymer concrete and self-compacting concrete.
  • Chloride-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.

Qualifications

  • Master of Engineering (Civil Engineering), The University of Queensland
  • PhD in Civil Engineering, The University of Queensland

Publications

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Supervision

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Publications

Journal Article

Conference Publication

  • 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, University of Queensland.

PhD and MPhil Supervision

Current Supervision

  • Doctor Philosophy — Principal Advisor

  • Doctor Philosophy — Principal Advisor

  • Doctor Philosophy — Principal Advisor

    Other advisors:

  • Doctor Philosophy — Principal Advisor

    Other advisors:

  • Doctor Philosophy — Principal Advisor

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  • Doctor Philosophy — Associate Advisor