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Professor Alphose Zingoni

PhD Imperial London, DIC, MSc (Eng), BSc (Eng), PrEng, CEng, FSAAE, FIABSE, FIStructE

Structural Engineering and Mechanics

Email: 
alphose.zingoni@uct.ac.za

Alphose Zingoni is Professor of Structural Engineering and Mechanics in the Department of Civil Engineering. He holds an MSc degree in structural engineering and a PhD in the area of shell structures, both awarded by Imperial College London. In 1992, he won a Royal Commission for the Exhibition of 1851 Fellowship, which allowed him to carry out further research at Imperial College London. He served as Dean of the Faculty of Engineering at the University of Zimbabwe from 1997 before joining the University of Cape Town in 1999. He was promoted to Full Professor in 2002, and served as Head of Department from 2008 to 2012.

His research interests encompass shell structures, space structures, structural vibration analysis, finite element modelling, and applications of group theory to computational problems in structural mechanics. He has published more than 100 peer-reviewed papers across these areas, and has also written 4 books, the latest of which are (i) Vibration Analysis and Structural Dynamics for Civil Engineers: Essentials and Group-Theoretic Formulations (CRC Press/Taylor & Francis, London, 2014) and (ii) Shell Structures in Civil and Mechanical Engineering: Theory and Analysis (ICE Publishing, London, 2017). He founded the Structural Engineering, Mechanics and Computation (SEMC) series of international conferences, and has edited the Proceedings of all 6 conferences that have been held since 2001. He serves on the editorial boards of several leading international journals.  

Since 2005, he has been consistently rated by the National Research Foundation of South Africa (NRF) as an “internationally acclaimed researcher” on the basis of his published work. He was elected a Member of the Academy of Sciences of South Africa in 2004, a Fellow of the Institution of Structural Engineers (London) in 2005, a Fellow of the South African Academy of Engineering in 2008, and a Fellow of the International Association for Bridge & Structural Engineering (Zurich) in 2011. In 2016, he was elected a Fellow of the University of Cape Town in recognition of “original distinguished academic work”. See article:

http://www.uct.ac.za/dailynews/?id=10117

He is a registered Professional Engineer with the Engineering Council of South Africa, and a registered Chartered Engineer with the Engineering Council of the United Kingdom.
 
Current NRF rating: B1


Editorial board memberships of international journals:

  • Computers & Structures (Elsevier Science) Link
  • Engineering Structures (Elsevier Science) Link
  • Thin-Walled Structures (Elsevier Science) Link
  • Structures (Elsevier Science/Institution of Structural Engineers) Link

Selected publications
Books

  • Zingoni A. (2017). Shell Structures in Civil and Mechanical Engineering: Theory and Analysis (Second Edition). ICE Publishing, London, 498 pp. ISBN 978-0-727-76028-9. Link
  • Zingoni A. (Editor) (2016). Insights and Innovations in Structural Engineering, Mechanics and Computation. CRC Press/Balkema (Taylor & Francis), London, 2250 pp. ISBN: 978-1-138-02927-9 (Book + CD-ROM). Link
  • Zingoni A. (2014). Vibration Analysis and Structural Dynamics for Civil Engineers: Essentials and Group-Theoretic Formulations. Taylor & Francis, London, 276 pp. ISBN: 978-0-415-52256-4. Link
  • Zingoni A. (Editor) (2013). Research & Applications in Structural Engineering, Mechanics and Computation. CRC Press/Balkema (Taylor & Francis), London, 2750 pp. ISBN 978-1-138-00061-2 (Book + CD-ROM). Link
  • Zingoni A. (Editor) (2010). Advances and Trends in Structural Engineering, Mechanics and Computation. CRC Press/Balkema (Taylor & Francis), London, 1500 pp. ISBN 978-0-415-58472-2 (Book + CD-ROM). Link
  • Zingoni A. (Editor) (2007). Recent Developments in Structural Engineering, Mechanics and Computation. Millpress Science, Rotterdam, 2097 pp. ISBN 978 90 5966 054 0 (Book + CD-ROM). Link
  • Zingoni A. (Editor) (2004). Progress in Structural Engineering, Mechanics and Computation. A.A. Balkema/Taylor & Francis, London, 1800 pp. ISBN 90 5809 568 1 (CD-ROM 90 5809 698 X). Link
  • Zingoni A. (Editor) (2001). Structural Engineering, Mechanics and Computation (2 volumes). Elsevier Science, Oxford, 1660 pp. ISBN 0080439489. Link
  • Zingoni A., Mwakali J.A. and Salahuddin A. (2000). Theory and Analysis of Structures: Trusses, Beams, Frames, Plates and Shells. UNESCO, Nairobi, 222 pp. ISBN 92-9158-012-0.
  • Zingoni A. (1997). Shell Structures in Civil and Mechanical Engineering: Theory and Closed-Form Analytical Solutions. Thomas Telford Publishing (UK Institution of Civil Engineers), London, 350 pp. ISBN 0-7277-2574-2. Link

Guest-edited issues of international journals

  • Zingoni A. (Guest Editor) (2006). Special Issue: Behaviour, Analysis and Design of Steel Structures (19 articles). Journal of Constructional Steel Research, Vol. 62 (Nos. 1 & 2), Elsevier Science, Oxford.
  • Zingoni A. (Guest Editor) (2005). Special Issue: Structural Health Monitoring, Damage Detection and Long-Term Performance (13 articles). Engineering Structures, Vol. 27 (No. 12), Elsevier Science, Oxford.
  • Zingoni A. (Guest Editor) (2002). Special Issue: Plates and Shells: Mechanics and Applications (11 articles). Thin-Walled Structures, Vol. 40 (Nos. 7 & 8), Elsevier Science, Oxford.
  • Zingoni A. (Guest Editor) (2002). Special Issue: Structural Engineering in Steel: Recent Advances (8 articles). Journal of Constructional Steel Research, Vol. 58 (No. 10), Elsevier Science, Oxford.
  • Zingoni A. (Guest Editor) (2002). Special Issue: Advances in Damage Detection, Repair and Rehabilitation of Engineering Structures (7 articles). Engineering Structures, Vol. 24 (No. 7), Elsevier Science, Oxford.

Articles in international journals

  • Zingoni A., Enoma N. and Govender N. (2015). Equatorial bending of an elliptic toroidal shell. Thin-Walled Structures, Vol. 6, pp. 286-294. PDF
  • Zingoni A., Mokhothu B. and Enoma N. (2015). A theoretical formulation for the stress analysis of multi-segmented spherical shells for high-volume liquid containment. Engineering Structures, Vol. 87, pp. 21-31. PDF
  • Zingoni A. (2015). Liquid-containment shells of revolution: A review of recent studies on strength, stability and dynamics. Thin-Walled Structures, Vol. 87, pp. 102-114. PDF
  • Zingoni A. (2014). Group-theoretic insights on the vibration of symmetric structures in engineering. Philosophical Transactions of the Royal Society (Part A),Vol. 372, 20120037. PDF
  • Zingoni A., Mudenda K., French V. and Mokhothu B. (2013). Buckling strength of thin-shell concrete arch dams. Thin-Walled Structures, Vol. 64, pp. 94-102. PDF
  • Zingoni A. (2012). A group-theoretic finite-difference formulation for plate eigenvalue problems. Computers and Structures, Vol. 112/113, pp. 266 - 282. PDF
  • Zingoni A. (2012). Symmetry recognition in group-theoretic computational schemes for complex structural systems. Computers and Structures, Vol. 94/95, pp. 34-44. PDF
  • Zingoni A. (2009). Group-theoretic exploitations of symmetry in computational solid and structural mechanics. International Journal for Numerical Methods in Engineering, Vol. 79 (no. 3), pp. 253 - 289. PDF
  • Zingoni A. (2009). Simplification of the derivation of influence coefficients for symmetric frusta of shells of revolution. Thin-Walled Structures, Vol. 47 (Nos. 8 & 9 ), 912-918. PDF
  • Zingoni A. and Balden V. (2009). On the buckling strength of stiffened elliptic paraboloidal steel panels. Thin-Walled Structures, Vol. 47 (Nos. 6 & 7), 661-667. PDF
  • Zingoni A. (2008). On group-theoretic computation of natural frequencies for spring-mass dynamic systems with rectilinear motion. Communications in Numerical Methods in Engineering, Vol. 24, 973-987. PDF
  • Nhleko S., Zingoni A. and Moyo P. (2008). A variable mass model for describing load impulses due to periodic jumping. Engineering Structures, Vol. 30, 1760-1769. PDF
  • Zingoni A. (2006). Behaviour, Analysis and Design of Steel Structures (Guest Editorial). Journal of Constructional Steel Research, Vol. 62 (Nos. 1 & 2), 1-3. PDF
  • Zingoni A. (2005). On the symmetries and vibration modes of layered space grids. Engineering Structures, Vol. 27 (No. 4), 629-638. PDF
  • Zingoni A. (2005). A group-theoretic formulation for symmetric finite elements. Finite Elements in Analysis and Design, Vol. 41 (No. 6), 615-635. PDF
  • Zingoni A. (2005). Shell forms for egg-shaped concrete sludge digesters: A comparative study on structural efficiency. Structural Engineering and Mechanics, Vol. 19 (No. 3), 321-336.
  • Bamu P.C. and Zingoni A. (2005). Damage, deterioration and the long-term structural performance of cooling-tower shells: A survey of developments over the past 50 years. Engineering Structures, Vol. 27 (No. 12), 1794-1800. PDF
  • Zingoni A. (2005). Structural Health Monitoring, Damage Detection and Long-Term Performance (Guest Editorial). Engineering Structures, Vol. 27 (No. 12), 1713-1714. PDF
  • Zingoni A. (2002). Discontinuity effects at cone-cone axisymmetric shell junctions. Thin-Walled Structures, Vol. 40 (No. 10), 877-891. PDF
  • Zingoni A. (2002). Parametric stress distribution in shell-of-revolution sludge digesters of parabolic ogival form. Thin-Walled Structures, Vol. 40 (Nos. 7 & 8), 691-702. PDF
  • Zingoni A. (2002). Plates and shells: Mechanics and applications (Guest Editorial). Thin-Walled Structures, Vol. 40 (Nos. 7 & 8), 555-556. PDF
  • Zingoni A. (2002). Structural engineering in steel: Recent advances (Guest Editorial). Journal of Constructional Steel Research, Vol. 58 (No. 10), 1281-1282. PDF
  • Zingoni A. (2002). Advances in damage detection, repair and rehabilitation of engineering structures (Guest Editorial). Engineering Structures, Vol. 24 (No. 7), 841-842. PDF
  • Zingoni A. (2001). Stresses and deformations in egg-shaped sludge digesters: Membrane effects. Engineering Structures, Vol. 23 (No. 11), 1365-1372.  PDF
  • Zingoni A. (2001). Stresses and deformations in egg-shaped sludge digesters: Discontinuity effects. Engineering Structures, Vol. 23 (No. 11), 1373-1382. PDF

Recent invited presentations

  • Zingoni A. Invited Speaker: Group-theoretic insights on the vibration of symmetric structures in engineering. Theo Murphy Meeting of the Royal Society, Kavli Royal Society International Centre, Chicheley, Buckinghamshire (UK), Feb. 2012.
  • Zingoni A. Invited Speaker: Recent progress in mechanics and design of liquid-containment shell structures. Eleventh International Conference on Computational Structures Technology, Dubrovnik (Croatia), Sep. 2012.