Mohamed Elchalakani


Former affiliation
  • The University of Western Australia (M051), 35 Stirling Highway,

    6009 Perth


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Personal profile

Funding overview

IAS, Perth, repair of offshore structures, $50k (2019)

Water Corporation, Perth, Underground Champers, $15k (2018)

Floorwise, strength of composite floor panels, $20k (2017) 

UWA Startup Funds, New Staff Seed Funds $60k (2016)

Dubai Central Laboratory, Repair of offshore piplines, $50k (2015)

Dubai Road Transport Authority, Repair of Steel box Girders, 30k (2013) 

Schoeck Pty Ltd, GFRP Bars in Concrete, $6 (2010)

Al-Rustumani Recycle Plant, UAE, Recycled Aggregates Concrete, $7k (2008)

Victoria University, Melbourne, CFRP Strengthining of Steel Structures, $20k (2007)

Victoria University, Melbourne, Repairof Structures using Advaned Polymers, $20k (2006)

Victoria University, Melbourne, Strength of Grain Silos, $60k (2005) 


Dr Elchalakani is the Director of the Structural Laboratory at UWA. He serves on the Editorial Board of the Australian Journal for Civil Engineering, Current Mechanics and Advanced Materials, Advances in Environmental and Engineering Research, and Structures Journal Published by Elsevier. Dr Elchalakani current Google Scholar citations are in excess of 2000 with h-index 25 where he authored or co-authored more than 170 technical papers. He is also a Chartered Professional Engineer in Australia (CPEng) and a Registered Building Practitioner (RBP) and also Registered in the National Professional Engineer (NPE) in Australia, Asia and Egypt.

Dr Elchalakani current main research interests are concrete durability, corrosion and repair of steel pipelines, and offshore structures as well as concrete structures using advanced carbon fibre laminates. Dr. Elchalakani, in addition to his solid and competent and academic background, has more than 25 years of Technical Experiences in the fields of offshore structures, Infrastructure and Buildings in Australia and the Middle East. His technical experience covers Design and Construction Fields & Structural, Geotechnical, and Geo-structural Engineering.

Dr. Elchalakani’s key industry and academic experiences include computational analysis, experimental testing, structural stability, and design of steel and composite structures, including Carbon Fibre repair of pipelines and metallic bridges. He is also active in contributing to the technical publication environment and has published over 170 peer reviewed technical papers on these topics. He is currently an outstanding reviewer for the Structural Engineering Journal published by the American Society of Civil Engineers (ASCE), the Engineering Journal published by the American Institute of Steel Structural (AISC), Journal of Constructional Steel Research and Engineering Structures Journal and Composites Structures Journal and Thin-Walled Structures Journal, all published by Elsevier.

Dr. Elchalakani received several awards, including the Holman Medal for the most outstanding PhD thesis and the Hunt Award for excellence in Research in Engineering. He also received the prestigious Japanese Society for Promotion of Science Fellowship and Monash University Postgraduate Publication Award for his outstanding publication record, in addition to receiving a number of collaborative research grants at Victoria University. Moreover, Dr Elchalakani is a certified Problem Based Learning Educator.

Future research

A number of projects leading to M.Phil. or Ph.D. are available in the field of Composite Materials and Structures. The University of Western Australia provides a number of scholarships for postgraduate students. Details of available scholarships can be found at  For applicants from China, the China Scholarship Council (CSC)  and The University of Western Austraalia are jointly offering postgraduate research scholarships to students from People's Republic of China to undertake a postgraduate research degree at the University of Western Australia. Prospective candidates with strong academic background please contact me directly. Topics avialable are:

Dynmaic and Impact Behaviour of Steel and Composite Structures

Sustainable construction materials, ECC, SCC, and 3D priniting of composites

Advanced reinforced geopolymer concrete structures,

Seismic design and performance of steel and concrete structures,

Advanced Light Weight concrete structures,

FRP-concrete, steel-concrete CFT, composite structures,

Advanced rehabilitation and strengthening techniques using innvovative Polymers,

Nonlinear analysis of Offshore pipelines and platform structures.

Industrial relevance

Expert witness for the construction industry on non-compliance roof systems; 
Design and analysis of composite systems 
Design and anaysis of Industrial Structures 
Structural testing of steel/concrete/timber structures

Dr. Elchalakani’s Buildings/Structures (Low- to High-rise Buildings, Water and Sewage Plants, Water Tanks, and Communication Towers) Projects Expertise cover Concrete, Metallic, Rubberised Concrete, and Carbon  Fibre Repair of Structures, Underground, Water, and Marine Structures in addition to familiarity with different relevant Software, whereas his Geotechnical and Foundation Engineering Experiences cover  Different Types of Foundations (Shallow Foundations, Mats, Drilled Shafts, Piles, Pile Caps, and Piers), Soil-structure interaction, Temporary and Permanent Support of Excavation and Earth Retaining Structures/Walls.


Education/Academic qualification

Monash University

1 Apr 199931 Oct 2003

Award Date: 20 May 2004

University of Adelaide

1 Mar 199520 May 1997

Award Date: 29 Apr 1997

Cairo University

Award Date: 30 Jul 1989

External positions

Adjunct Professor

15 Nov 2018 → …

Research expertise keywords

  • Geopolymer
  • buckling
  • steel
  • CFT
  • GFRP
  • CFRP
  • Seismic studies
  • repair of steel and concrete structures
  • composites
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