– ROSE School, Pavia, Italy
Ph.D Candidate, Graduate School of Understanding and Managing the Extremes (UME), 2012
Ph.D Program in Earthquake Engineering and Engineering Seismology

– ROSE School, Pavia, Italy/University of Patras, Patras, Greece
M. Sc degree in Earthquake Engineering & Engineering Seismology (MEEES), 2010

– Amirkabir University of Technology (Tehran Polytechnic), Tehran, Iran
M. Sc. degree in Civil Engineering, Earthquake, March 2009

– Azad University of Najafabad, Isfahan, Iran
B. Sc. in Civil Engineering, July 2006

M. Sc. Thesis
Amirkabir University of Technology (2008)
“Seismic Performance of Friction Damped Steel Structures in Near-Field Earthquakes”
Developing a performance based seismic design method for design of steel structures equipped by frictional bracing systems as well as introducing a method to optimize the corresponding sliding strength of the friction device; with consideration of the Fling and Directivity effects, in near-field events.

M. Sc. Thesis
ROSE School (2010)
“Seismic Assessment of a 15-storey RC Building, AltoRio, Damaged in the Earthquake of Chile, 2010”
Investigating the likely reasons for the damage of the case study structure and examining if the available codes and the current analysis tools are capable of addressing the observed event.

– ROSE SCHOOL, Pavia, Italy
Seismic Design of Prefabricated Concrete and Timber Structures, Numerical Methods in Structural Engineering, Displacement-based Design of Bridges, Earthquake Geotechnical Engineering, Nonlinear Seismic Analysis of structures, Fundamentals of Seismic Design, Seismic Design of Foundations, Seismic Design of Masonry Structures

– University of Patras, Patras, Greece
Experimental Methods in Earthquake Engineering, Advanced Material and Seismic Retrofit, Static and Dynamic Soil-Structure Interaction, Structural Dynamics and Earthquake Engineering

– Amirkabir University of Technology, Tehran, Iran
Advanced Engineering Mathematics, Dynamics of Structures, Earthquake Resistant Building Design, Finite Element Methods, Earthquake Engineering, Soil Dynamics, Risk Analysis of Structures against Earthquake, Advanced Steel Structures


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Research Activity (PhD thesis) under supervision of Prof. Paolo Bazzurro

I am currently working on development of the PBEE (Performance Based Earthquake Engineering) based onPEER Center (Pacific Earthquake Engineering Research Center) in order to improve the accuracy of the approach based on VPSHA (Vector-valued Probabilistic Seismic Hazard Analysis) instead of Scalar PSHA. The current approach which has been recently summarized also in a code format (FEMA P-58), considers a scalar Intensity Measure (IM, e.g. spectral acceleration of the first mode period), however, studies have shown that a single elastic IM could not be efficient and sufficient in structural response estimation which will lead to less accurate loss estimations.

Moreover, many studies have suggested that, the damage to the structural or non-structural components is highly correlated with the Maximum Inter-storey Drift Ratio (MIDR). As such, in practice, seismic loss assessment of the structures are related to just the MIDR, accordingly. However, the losses that occur in an earthquake could be related to various locations (e.g. Maximum Inter story drift in all of the stories) in the building or could be interpreted by other Engineering Demand Parameters (e.g. Maximum Absolute Storey Acceleration, Maximum Residual Drift, etc) making it difficult to estimate such losses based on a single response measure. Therefore, intuitively the accuracy in the estimation of losses might improve significantly if more than a single response measure is used to capture the different aspects of the damage in the structure.

In my thesis, we would like to firstly provide tools in order to be able to calculate VPSHA based on the scalar PSHA results of OpenQuake. Secondly, extend the PEER based PBEE using vector IM rather than the conventional scalar IM. As part of this research, it is intended to also look at the difference in the losses measured considering complete vector-valued IMs combined with a vector of EDPs, in comparison with other possible such combinations (i.e. scalar IM with single EDP or Vector IMs with single EDP). The final results of such research and similar more comprehensive research studies could provide a better insight in the approach in order to more accurately assess the seismic risk of the structures.

Teaching Assistant for, “Strength of Material”, “Structural Analysis” & “Static”, Department of Civil and Environmental Engineering, Azad University of Najaf Abad, 2004.
Teaching Assistant for, “Seismic Risk Assessment”, UME School, ROSE & REM program under supervision of Prof. Paolo Bazzurro.

– One year research collaboration with Prof. Rita Bento and Mario Lopes at IST, Lisbon, Portugal (starting from October, 2011) on the project of ‘Nonlinear Static Methods for the Assessment/Design of 3D irregular structures’, task5 which intends to compare different nonlinear static procedures on the irregular structures: buildings and bridges.
– 5 months research collaboration with Prof. Rui Pinho at EUCENTRE, Pavia, Italy (April to September, 2011) on the project of “Seismic vulnerability of European RC frame buildings”

– Dynasys Consulting Engineers, Tehran, Iran (2007-2009), under the supervision of senior structural engineer, Ali A. Taheri
-Earthquake resistant design of an 8-storey reinforced concrete hospital located in the city of Tehran
-Earthquake resistant design of a 3-storey reinforced concrete hospital located in the city of Pakdasht
-Earthquake resistant design (phase-1 report) of a 7-Storey reinforced concrete complex (Mahtab), located in the city of Tehran
-Design of two-storey RC frame parkings (Haj va Ziarat educational complex), located in the city of Tehran

Espadana Consulting Engineers, Iran, Isfahan (2006)
Seismic Design of connections of a 10-story moment resisting frame structure located in the city of Isfahan, under the supervision of senior structural engineer, M. Hami.

-Kohrangi. M, Bento. R, Lopes. M, “Seismic performance of irregular bridges. Comparison of different nonlinear static procedures.”, Structure and Infrastructure Engineering.

-Kohrangi. M, Taghikhani. T, Tehranizade. M. “Seismic Performance of Friction Damped Steel Structures in Near-field Earthquakes”, ICOSSAR 2009, Osaka 13-17 September, 2009.
-Kohrangi, M., Sullivan. TJ. Calvi, J. M, “Seismic Assessment of AltoRio Building Collapsed in the Recent Earthquake of Chile, 2010”, WCEE 2012, Lisbon
-Kohrangi. M, Bento. R, Lopes. M, “Evaluation of Nonlinear Static Procedures for Seismic Assessment of Irregular Bridges”, WCEE 2012, Lisbon
-Sousa, R., Eroğlu, T., Kazantzidou-Firtinidou, D., Kohrangi, M., Sousa, L., Pinho, R. and Nascimbene, R.,
, “Effect of different modelling assumptions on the seismic response of RC structures”, WCEE 2012, Lisbon.
-Sousa, R., Eroğlu, T., Kazantzidou-Firtinidou, D., Kohrangi, M., Sousa, L., Pinho, R. and Nascimbene, R., “Reliability of Nonlinear Static Analysis for Seismic Assessment of Irregular RC Buildings”, WCEE 2012, Lisbon.

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