Project Description

Dr. Ali Imanpour et al.
Department of Civil and Environmental Engineering, University of Alberta

Test-based Design Method for Steel Cantilever Beams

The main purpose of this research is to perform a large-scale experimental testing program to evaluate the stability response of overhanging cantilevered beams to achieve more reliable, efficient design guidelines and potentially reduce construction costs. This will complement the lateral–torsional buckling testing program currently underway at the University of Alberta, which investigates the stability response of welded steel bridge girders with doubly- and singly-symmetric sections. The experimental investigation will be complemented with extensive numerical simulations. The research will result in developing simplified and practical design recommendations for design engineers in their daily professional practice.


Dr. Imanpour received his B.Sc. (2005) in Civil Engineering from the University of Tabriz and his M.Sc. (2008) in Civil-Earthquake Engineering from the University of Tehran. From 2006 to 2010, he worked as a structural engineer in Iran and was involved in major design and retrofit projects. He received his Ph.D. (2015) in Structural Engineering from Polytechnique Montreal. He also worked as a Postdoctoral Research Fellow (2016) at McGill University where he was awarded FRQNT Research Scholarship from the Quebec Ministry of Education. Dr. Imanpour’s primary research focus involves improving seismic stability of steel structures through advanced analytical simulation and experimental testing. He has developed new seismic design guidelines for steel multi-tiered braced frames that have been recently adopted by the Canadian steel design standard (CSA S16) and the American Institute of Steel Construction (AISC 341) in the United States. Prof. Imanpour joined the University of Alberta in January 2017.

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