Mr Karen Alavi

Mr Karen Alavi

Casual Academic

PhD Candidate, Structural Engineering 

Ph.D. in Applied Design, with specialized knowledge in stress analysis of bi-material notched components using both analytical and experimental methods.

Expertise in Structural Engineering and Materials Science, with significant experience in managing the Fatigue and Fracture Laboratory at IUST, focusing on fatigue estimation, experimental stress analysis, and fracture mechanics.

Proven record of academic leadership and collaborative research, having led teams in conducting extensive experimental analyses and contributing to industry standards development.

Strong technical proficiency with extensive laboratory experience utilizing a wide range of testing equipment (e.g., Universal Testing Machine, Servo-Hydraulic Fatigue Testing Machine, Creep Testing Machine) and computational tools (e.g., MATLAB, Python, Abaqus, Ansys).

Extensive teaching experience at both undergraduate and graduate levels, across various subjects including Steel Structures, Fracture Mechanics, and Engineering Mathematics.

Proficient in a range of engineering software and programming languages:

  • MATLAB, Python, Abaqus, Ansys.
  • CAD tools: AutoCAD, SolidWorks, CATIA.

Recipient of multiple honors and awards, including a full scholarship at UNSW, Iran's National Elites Foundation Award, and top rankings in both M.Sc. and B.Sc. studies.

Active in scholarly publication, with numerous articles published in respected journals in the field of structural mechanics and materials engineering.



Civil and Environmental Engineering

During my tenure at UNSW and the Iran University of Science and Technology, I've dedicated myself to innovative research in applied design. Guided by esteemed professors, I've explored diverse facets of structural component design, bolstering my engineering foundation. My involvement in industry-standard development and theoretical, experimental, and numerical stress analyses underscores my expertise. Managing the Fatigue and Fracture Laboratory at IUST honed my technical skills and cultivated a collaborative environment. This hands-on experience emphasized effective communication and teamwork, leading to significant contributions to structural engineering and materials science through numerous research publications.

1) UNSW full scholarship (2023)
2) Development and Research Training Grant (2024)

[1] SK Alavi, MR Ayatollahi, MY Yahya, SSR Koloor, “Analytical investigation of asymmetric forced vibration behavior of functionally graded porous plates with structural damping” Mechanics Based Design of Structures and Machines, 2023.

[2] SK Alavi, MR Ayatollahi, SSRK, Mohd Yazid Yahya, “On the asymmetric dynamic response of viscoelastic plate made of FG polymer foam” Thin-Walled Structure, 2023.

[3] SK Alavi, MR Ayatollahi, M Daneshfar, B Bahrami, “Experimental stress determination of blunt notches under combinations of modes I and II loading” Engineering Structures, 2023.

[4] SK Alavi, MR Ayatollahi, SSR Koloor, M Petrů “Close form solution for damping frequency analysis of plates made of porous material” Waves in Random and Complex Media, 2022.

[5] SK Alavi, MR Ayatollahi, M Petrů, SSR Koloor, “On the dynamic response of viscoelastic functionally graded porous plates under various hybrid loadings” Ocean Engineering, 2022.

[6] SK Alavi, M.R. Ayatollahi, J. Jamali, Michal Petru “On the applicability of digital image correlation method in stress field determination of blunt notches” Theoretical and Applied Fracture Mechanics, 2022.

[7] SK Alavi, M.R. Ayatollahi, B. Bahrami, M. Nejati, “An analytical stress field for bi-material V-notches with end hole: New solution and the effect of higher order terms” Mathematics and Mechanics of Solid, 2022.

[8] B. Bahrami, M.R. Ayatollahi, SK Alavi, L.F.M. da Silva, “On the prediction of the stress field in adhesive joints using a combined analytical-numerical method” International Journal of Adhesion and Adhesives, 2022.

[9] SK. Alavi, Hamidreza Eipakchi, “Parametric vibration analysis of sector plates using perturbation technique” Mechanics Based Design of Structures and Machines, 1-20, 2021.

[10] SK Alavi, Hamidreza Eipakchi, “An analytical approach for dynamic response of viscoelastic annular sector plates” Mechanics of Advanced Materials and Structures, 1-17, 2021.

[11] SK Alavi, Hamidreza Eipakchi, “Analytic solution for transient responses of viscoelastic FG plates subjected to various asymmetrically loads” International Journal for Computational Methods in Engineering Science and Mechanics, 2020.

[12] SK Alavi, Hamidreza Eipakchi, “On the asymmetric transient responses of annular/circular viscoelastic plates based on shear deformation theory: an analytical approach” Ships and Offshore Structures, 110-122, 2020.

[13] SK Alavi, Hamidreza Eipakchi, “An analytical approach for free vibrations analysis of viscoelastic circular and annular plates using FSDT” Mechanics of Advanced Materials and Structures, 250-264, 2020.

[14] R. Pouyanmehr, K. Hosseini, R. Ansari, SK Alavi, “Different wave structures to the (2+1)-dimensional generalized Bogoyavlensky–Konopelchenko equation” International Journal of Applied and Computational Mathematics, 2019.

[15] SK Alavi, Hamidreza Eipakchi, “Analytical method for free-damped vibration analysis of viscoelastic shear deformable annular plates made of functionally graded materials” Mechanics Based Design of Structures and Machines, 497-519, 2019.

[16] SK Alavi, Hamidreza Eipakchi, “Geometry and load effects on transient response of a VFGM annular plate: An analytical approach” Structural Engineering and Mechanics, 179-197, 2019.

[17] S. Rouhi, SK Alavi, “On the mechanical properties of functionally graded materials reinforced by carbon nanotubes” Proc IMechE Part C: J Mechanical Engineering Science, 2018.