Prof Alphose Zingoni

Positions:

  • Professor of Structural Engineering & Mechanics
  • Director, Klaus-Jürgen Bathe Leadership Programme

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Qualifications:

  • PhD, Imperial College London (1992)
  • DIC, University of London (1988)
  • MSc (Eng), Imperial College London (1988)
  • BSc (Eng) Hons, University of Zimbabwe (1984)

Honours & Distinctions:

  • Fellow of the University of Cape Town
  • B1 Rating of the National Research Foundation (NRF)
  • Fellow of the Institution of Structural Engineers (FIStructE)
  • Fellow of the International Association of Bridge & Structural Engineering (FIABSE)
  • Fellow of the South African Academy of Engineering (FSAAE)
  • Member of the Academy of Science of South Africa (MASSAf)

Editorial Boards of International Journals

Professional Registrations:

  • PrEng (Engineering Council of South Africa)
  • CEng (Engineering Council of the UK)

Postgraduate & Undergraduate Teaching:

  • CIV5100S (Plates and Shells)
  • CIV3048F (Structural Analysis II)
  • CIV2041S (Structural Analysis I)

Research Affiliation:

Research Interests:

  • Development of analytical methods for shell structures
  • Innovative shell forms for roofing and fluid containment
  • Influence of symmetry on vibration and stability of structures
  • Group-theoretic formulations for problems in structural mechanics

Selected Publications:

Books & Edited Works

  • Zingoni A. (Editor) (2019). Advances in Engineering Materials, Structures and Systems: Innovations, Mechanics and Applications. CRC Press/Balkema (Taylor & Francis), London, 2434pp. ISBN 978-1-138-38696-9. Link
  • Zingoni A. (2018). Shell Structures in Civil and Mechanical Engineering: Theory and Analysis (Second Edition). ICE Publishing, London, 464 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 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

Journal Articles

  • Zingoni A. (2019). On the best choice of symmetry group for group-theoretic computational schemes in solid and structural mechanics. Computers & Structures, Vol. 223, 1-17. PDF
  • Zingoni A. (2019). Group-theoretic vibration analysis of double-layer cable nets of D4h symmetry. International Journal of Solids & Structures, Vol. 176/177,68-85.PDF
  • Zingoni A. (2018). Insights on the vibration characteristics of double-layer cable nets of  symmetry. International Journal of Solids & Structures, Vol. 135, 261-273. PDF
  • 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

Biographical Summary:

Alphose Zingoni earned an MSc (with distinction) and a PhD from Imperial College London in 1992, and was a recipient of a prestigious postdoctoral fellowship of the Royal Commission for the Exhibition of 1851 from 1992 to 1994. He held appointment as Dean of the Faculty of Engineering at the University of Zimbabwe from 1996 to 1999, before moving to the University of Cape Town in 1999, where he served as Head of the Department of Civil Engineering from 2008 to 2012.

His research spans shell structures, vibration analysis, studies of symmetry in structural mechanics, and group-theoretic formulations. He has written numerous scientific papers and four books in these areas, and serves on the editorial boards of several international journals. He is founder, chair and editor of the Structural Engineering, Mechanics and Computation (SEMC) series of international conferences, successfully held in Cape Town every 3 years since 2001.

In recognition of his outstanding contributions, three learned societies have elected him a Fellow: the South African Academy of Engineering, the Institution of Structural Engineers (London), and the International Association of Bridge and Structural Engineering (Zurich). He received a B1 rating of the National Research Foundation in 2016, and in the same year, was elected a Fellow of the University of Cape Town in recognition of “original distinguished academic work”. In 2019, he won the University of Cape Town Book Award for his book “Shell Structures in Civil and Mechanical Engineering”, published in 2018 by the Institution of Civil Engineers (ICE), London. 

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