Farhad Ansari

Professor and Head, President of ISHMII

Farhad Ansari

Ph.D. Civil Engineering (1983)
University of Illinois at Chicago

M.S. Civil Engineering (1979)
University of Colorado

B.S. Civil Engineering (1976)
University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign

Contact Information

Office: 2095 ERF
Phone: 312-996-3428 312-996-2437
Fax: 312-996-2426
E-mail: fansari@uic.edu
Lab: 1254 SEL
Lab Phone: 312-996-3568
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Research Interests

Professor Ansari’s technical areas of interest include the broad discipline of Structural Engineering with emphasis in Structural Health Monitoring (SHM); smart sensors; and Nondestructive Testing (NDT).

Current research topics include: Integrated Fiber Optic Sensors for Condition Monitoring of bridges; Fiber Optic Acoustic Emission Sensors for real time monitoring of corrosion and fracture; Development of MEMS based sensors for civil structural systems; Optical Fiber Distributed Sensor for Post Seismic Monitoring of Damaged Structures; Monitoring the state of repaired and Strengthened structures; Development of weigh-in-motion (WIM) systems; Image Processing Techniques for Characterization of Entrained Air Bubble System in Concrete.

Research Laboratory

Our specialty is in structural health monitoring. We build fiber optic sensors and then install them in bridges, dams, buildings, and tunnels. Our capabilities are unique since we are structural engineers with expertise in fiber optic sensors. We build the sensors as well as the interrogation units. These sensors are tested in our structural testing facility for validation and mock up experiments prior to field installations in bridges and other types of structures. Because of our special capabilities our sensors withstand the harsh construction environment and yet capable of measuring the specific parameters they were designed to monitor.

We also perform nondestructive tests (NDT) using acoustical as well as optical methods including ultrasonics, acoustic emissions, stress wave techniques, resonant frequency, and laser holography. NDT in our laboratory is primarily used for investigation into the quality and condition of concrete pavements and bridge decks during the construction and or their service lives.

As an academic entity, the most important product of our laboratory is our students. My students will all develop the unique expertise in sensors, NDT, and structural health monitoring by the time of their graduation.

Editorial Activities
Editor-in-Chief – Journal of Civil Structural Health Monitoring (JCSHM) – Published by Springer (2014-2019)

Guest Editor, Journal of Intelligent Materials Systems and Structures (JIMSS), Sage Publications, UK, (2007)

Associate Editor of ASCE, Journal of Engineering Mechanics (1998-2000)

Professional Memberships
President of ISHMII, International Society for Structural Health Monitoring of Intelligent Infrastructure,” www.ishmii.org (2009-2014)

Member ASCE and past Chair of “Experimental Analysis & Instrumentation” Committee of the Engineering Mechanics Division, American Society of Civil Engineers (1983-present)

SPIE, Technical Committee Member - NDE and Smart Structures (2005-present)


Recent Books

(2009) "Structural Health Monitoring of Civil Infrastructure Systems," Woodhead Publishing, Ltd. V.M. Karbhari, F. Ansari, Ed.. 552,pp.

(2005) "Sensing Issues in Civil Structural Health Monitoring," F. Ansari, Ed., Springer Publishing Company, 550 pp.

(2004) "Structural Health Monitoring", A. Mufti, F. Ansari, Eds., Proceedings of Second International Workshop on Structural Health Monitoring of Innovative Civil Engineering Structures, September 2004, Winnipeg, Canada, 617 pp.

Recent Publications

Iranmanesh, A., Ansari, F., (2013), "An energy based damage assessment methodology for structural health monitoring of modern reinforced concrete bridge columns “ASCE, Journal of Bridge Engineering, DOI:10.1061/(ASCE)BE.1943-5592.0000569

Feng, X., Zhang, X., Sun, C., Motamedi, M., and Ansari, F. (2013). "A Stationary Wavelet Transform Based Method for Distributed Detection of Damage by Fiber Optic Sensors." ASCE, Journal of Engineering Mechanics, 10.1061/(ASCE)EM.1943-7889.0000679

Zarafshan, A., Ansari, F., and Taylor, T. (2013), “Field Tests and Verification of Damping Calculation Methods for Operating Highway Bridges,” Journal of Civil Structural Health Monitoring, DOI 10.1007/s13349-013-0067-y

Dewei Meng, Farhad Ansari (2013), "Damped fiber optic low-frequency tiltmeter for real-time monitoring of structural displacements,” Journal of Meas. Sci. Technol. 24 doi:10.1088/0957-0233/24/12/125106

Motamedi, H., Feng X., Zhang, X., Sun, C., and Ansari, F. (2013), “Quantitative Investigation in Distributed Sensing of Structural Defects with Brillouin Optical Time Domain Reflectometry,” Journal of Intelligent Material Systems and Structures, Vol. 24, No. 10 pp. 1187 - 1196.

Feng, X., Sun, C., Zhang, X., Motamedi, H., and Ansari, F., (2013), "Theoretical and experimental investigations into crack detection with BOTDR distributed fiber optic sensors,” ASCE. Journal of Engineering Mechanics, Dec 2013, Vol. 139, No. 12, pp. 1797-1807

Talebinejad, I., Fischer, C., and Ansari, F., (2013), “Simplified Technique for Remote Monitoring of Deflection in Arch Structures, ” Journal of Experimental Techniques, SEM, Volume 37, Issue 1, PP. 68–72

Zarafshan, A., Iranmanesh, A., and Ansari, F., (2012), “A Vibration Based Method and Sensor for Monitoring of Bridge Scour,” ASCE Journal of Bridge Engineering, Vol. 17, No. 6, pp. 829-838.

Bassam, A., Iranmanesh, A., Ansari, F. (2011), “A simple quantitative approach for post earthquake damage assessment of flexure dominant reinforced concrete bridges,” Engineering Structures, Vol. 33, No.12, pp. 3218-3225.

Liang, Y., Sun, C.S., and Ansari, F., (2011), "Damage Assessment and Ductility Evaluation of Post Tensioned Beams with Hybrid FRP Tendons,” ASCE, J. of Composites for Construction, Vol. 15, No. 3, PP. 274-283

Talebinejad, I., Fischer, C., and Ansari, F., (2011), "Numerical Evaluation of Vibration-Based Methods for Damage Assessment of Cable-Stayed Bridges,” Journal of Computer-Aided Civil and Infrastructure Engineering, Vol. 26, No. 3, PP. 239–251

Dong, Y.T., Ansari, F., and Karbhari, V., (2011), “Fatigue performance of reinforced concrete beams with externally bonded CFRP reinforcement,” Journal of Structure and Infrastructure Engineering, Vol.7, No.3, PP. 229-241

Talebinejad, I., Fischer, C., Ansari, F. (2011), "A hybrid approach for safety assessment of the double span masonry vaults of the Brooklyn Bridge,” Journal of Civil Structural Health Monitoring, Vol. 1, No. 1-2, PP. 3-15.
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