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Professor Riadh Al-Mahaidi

Professor of Structural Engineering and Director, Smart Structures Laboratory


Dr Riadh Al-Mahaidi is a Professor of Structural Engineering and Director of the Smart Structures Laboratory at Swinburne University of Technology. Prior to joining Swinburne in January 2010, he was the Head of the Structures Group at Monash University. Over the past 20 years, he focused his research and practice on the lifetime integrity of bridges, particularly in the area of structural strength assessment and retrofitting using advanced composite materials. He currently leads a number of research projects on strengthening of bridges using fibre reinforced polymers combined cement-based bonding agents, fatigue life improvement of metallic structures using advanced composite systems, and shape memory alloys. He recently started some projects on hybrid testing of structures. He received a BSc (Hon 1) degree in civil engineering from the University of Baghdad and MSc and PhD degrees in structural engineering from Cornell University in the United States. To date, Riadh published over 250 journal and 270 conference papers. He was awarded the 2012 Vice Chancellor's Internationalization Award, the WH Warren Medal 2017 for the best paper published by Engineers Australia in civil engineering in 2016, the RW Chapman Medals in 2005 and 2010 for best journal publication in Engineers Australia Structural Journal, best paper awards at ACUN-4 (2002) and ACUN-6 (2012) Composites conferences. Prof Al-Mahaidi and his research group won the 2016 Engineers Australia Excellence Award for Innovation, Research and Development (High Commendation) for the $2.1mil Multi-Axis Substructure Testing (MAST) System they built at Swinburne. He was recently awarded the 2018 ARRB Research Impact AwardThis prize is awarded to an individual researcher or research team, whose research, development and implementation efforts have made a significant improvement to operational quality and/or cost in the last 24 months and has therefore achieved considerable impact within the community and industry. In 2019 Prof Al-Mahaidi was awarded the Magazine of Concrete Research Prize by the Institution of Civil Engineers in the UK. He is a Fellow of the Institution of Engineers Australia, American Society of Civil Engineers, Institution of Civil Engineers (UK), American Concrete Institute, International Institute for FRP in Construction, and the Bridge Engineering Institute.

PhD candidate and honours supervision

Higher degrees by research

Accredited to supervise Masters & Doctoral students as Principal Supervisor.

Fields of Research

  • Civil Engineering - 400500


  • 2023, International, 2023 IIFC Medal, International Institute for FRP in Construction
  • 2021, International, The 2020 IABMAS SPECIAL SERVICE AWARD , International Association for Bridge Maintenance and Safety
  • 2019, International, Magazine of Concrete Research Prize , Institution of Civil Engineers, UK
  • 2018, National, ARRB Research Impact Award, Australian Road Research Board
  • 2017, National, WH Warren Medal, Board of the College of Civil Engineers of Engineers Australia
  • 2016, National, Excellence Award for Innovation, Research and Development (High Commendation), Engineers Australia, Victoria Branch
  • 2013, Swinburne, Vice Chancellor's Internationalisation Award, Swinburne University of Technology
  • 2010, National, 2010 RW Chapman Medal, Engineers Australia
  • 2005, National, 2005 RW Chapman Medal, Engineers Australia


Also published as: Al-Mahaidi, Riadh; Al-Mahaidi, R.; Al-Mahaidi, R. Al-Mahaidi; Al-Mahaidi, R. S.; Al-Mahaidi, R. S. H.; Al-Mahaidi, Riadh S.; Al-Mahaidi, Riadh Saleh; Riadh, Al-Mahaidi
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Recent research grants awarded

  • 2023: Fatigue and Durability Assessment of Vehicle Coupling Systems *; Bisitecniks Pty Ltd
  • 2022: Development and conduct of fatigue and durability testing of vehicle coupling systems *; Bisitecniks Pty Ltd
  • 2022: Development of a Primary Spring Dynamic Fatigue Load Testing *; Mackay Consolidated Industries P/L - Partnership
  • 2021: Blast and Shock Modelling Phase 3 *; DMTC
  • 2021: Development and Conduct of Fatigue and Durability Testing of Vehicle Coupling Systems *; Bisitecniks Pty Ltd
  • 2021: Development of design guides for advanced fastenings into innovative concrete products *; SmartCrete CRC Ltd
  • 2021: Snowy 2.0 Design & Component Testing *; Snowy Hydro Limited - Fund Scheme
  • 2020: Innovative Panel-to-Panel Precast Concrete Wall Connections for Multi-Storey Construction *; Department of Industry, Innovation and Science
  • 2015: Behaviour of ultra-high strength double-skin compostie tubular construction. *; ARC Discovery Projects - Grant applications for funding commencing in 2015
  • 2015: Drafting Service related to the provision of the Australian Bridge Code *; Standards Australia - Research Contract
  • 2014: Fatigue Strengthening of Metallic Bridges using Carbon Fibre Reinforced Polymer System *; ARC Linkage Projects - Grant applications for funding commencing in 2014
  • 2014: State-of-the-Art Facility for Non-destructive Testing of Concrete Infrastructure (N-Detect) *; ARC Linkage Infrastructure and Equipment Scheme
  • 2013: Durability and Debonding Resistance of Composite Based Strengthening Techniques for Deteriorated Structures *; ARC Linkage Projects - Grant applications for funding commencing in 2013
  • 2013: Integrated fire engineering facility for testing structures under combined structural and fire loading *; ARC Linkage Infrastructure and Equipment Scheme
  • 2010: Retrofit of steel connections subject to fatigue load by utilizing carbon fibre reinforced polymeric (CFRP) and modified epoxy structural adhesives *; ARC Discovery Projects Scheme

* Chief Investigator