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Ying Hei Chui, PhD

Professor

Engineering

Civil and Environmental Engineering

About Me

Dr. Chui is NSERC Industrial Research Chair in Engineered Wood and Building Systems. 

Dr. Chui obtained his BSc degree in Civil Engineering from Southampton University, and his Doctorate degree in Timber Engineering from University of Brighton, in the UK. He is one of Canada's leading researchers in the field of timber engineering and engineered wood products. Prior to joining the University of Alberta, he was New Brunswick Innovation Research Chair in Advanced Wood Products and Director of the Wood Science and Technology Centre at the University of New Brunswick. Dr. Chui was Scientific Director of the highly successful NSERC Strategic Research Network, NEWBuildS. NEWBuildS consisted of 23 professors from 13 Canadian universities and operated between 2010 and 2015. Dr. Chui's expertise is in structural and dynamic performance of timber building systems, timber connections, non-destructive evaluation of timber members and engineered wood products. He has over 30 years of research experience and published over 200 articles in refereed journals and conference proceedings in these disciplines. Dr. Chui is actively engaged in building code and design standard development in North America and at the international level. He is currently member of a Standing Committee of the National Building Code of Canada, and a number of CSA technical committees on design of timber structures and wood products. He is Vice-Chair of ASTM Technical Committee D.07 'Wood', and Chair of ISO TC 165 Technical Committee 'Timber structures'.

Education

  • Ph.D. 1987 Timber Engineering, University of Brighton, United Kingdom
  • B.Sc. 1976 Civil Engineering, Southampton University, United Kingdom

Professional Experience

2017 – Present NSERC Industrial Research Chair in Engineered Wood and Building Systems

2016 – Present Professor, Department of Civil & Environmental Engineering, University of Alberta

1993 - 2016 Assistant Professor, Associate Professor and Professor, Faculty of Forestry and Environmental Management, University of New Brunswick

2015 - 2016 New Brunswick Innovation Research Chair in Advanced Wood Products, University of New Brunswick

1997 -2008 & 2011 - 2016 Director, Wood Science and Technology Centre, University of New Brunswick

2009 - 2015 Scientific Director, NSERC Strategic Network on Innovative Wood Products and Building Systems

1997 - 1999 Assistant Dean, Faculty of Forestry and Environmental Management, University of New Brunswick

1990 - 1993 Research Associate, Wood Science and Technology Centre, University of New Brunswick

1988 - 1990 NSERC Post-doctoral Fellow, Faculty of Forestry, University of New Brunswick

Professional Affiliations

Fellow     Canadian Academy of Engineering

Fellow     International Academy of Wood Science

Member  Association of Professional Engineers and Geoscientists of Alberta

Member  American Society of Testing and Materials

Member  Forest Products Society

Technical Committees

Vice Chair   ASTM Technical Committee D07 'Wood'

Chair   ISO Technical Committee 165 ‘Timber Structures’

Vice Chair   CSA A370 Technical Committee ‘Lumber and Engineered Wood Products’

Member   CSA O86 Technical Committee "Engineering Design in Wood"

Chair   CSA O86 Material Evaluation Subcommittee

Member   NLGA Technical Advisory Committee on Lumber Properties

Member   Standing Committee on Housing and Small Buildings, Canadian Commission on Building and Fire Codes (CCBFC)


Research

Research Interests

  • Timber – steel hybrid lateral load resisting system
  • Timber-concrete floor systems
  • Timber connections
  • Engineered wood products and composites
  • Wood quality and lumber properties
  • Non-destructive evaluation
  • Structural dynamics

Refereed Journal Publications

  1. S. Zhang, J. Zhou, J. Niederwestberg and Y. H. Chui. 2019. Effect of end support restraints on vibration performance of cross laminated timber floors: An analytical approach. Engineering Structures 189: 186-194.
  2. M. A. H. Mirdad, and Y. H. Chui. 2019. Load-slip performance of Mass Timber Panel-Concrete (MTPC) composite connection with Self-tapping screws and insulation layer. Construction and Building Materials 213: 696-708.
  3. S. Zhang, J. Zhou, J. Niederwestberg and Y. H. Chui. 2018. Development of rotational fixity factors for vibration design of cross-laminated timber floors. Buildings.
  4. J. Niederwestberg, J. Zhou, Y. H. Chui. 2018. Comparison of Theoretical and Laboratory Out-of-Plane Shear Stiffness Values of Cross Laminated Timber Panels. Buildings. (Accepted Oct 18)
  5. J. Niederwestberg, J. Zhou, Y. H. Chui. 2018. Mechanical properties of innovative multi-layer composite laminated panels. Buildings. 8(10), 142. (Oct 12 online)
  6. D. Huang, B. Sheng, Y. Shen and Y. H. Chui. 2018. An analytical solution for double cantilever beam based on elastic-plastic bilinear cohesive law: Analysis for mode I fracture of fibrous composites. Engineering Fracture Mechanics. Vol 193: 66-76
  7. L. Zhou, Y. H. Chui and C. Ni. 2018. Influence of middle member thickness on properties of double-shear nail joints. ASCE J. of Struct. Eng. 144(8) (online)
  8. J. Zhou, Y. H. Chui, M. Gong and L. Hu. 2017. Comparative Study on Measurement of Elastic Constants of Wood-based Panels using Modal Testing: Choice of Boundary Conditions and Calculation Methods. J. of Wood Sci. Vol 63(5): 523-538
  9. Z. Chen and Y. H. Chui. 2017. Lateral load resisting system using mass timber for high-rise buildings. Frontier Built Environment. Article 40, Vol 3. (Published online)
  10. Z. Wang, H. Fu, M. Gong, J. Luo, W. Dong, T. Wang and Y. H. Chui. 2017. Planar shear and bending properties of hybrid CLT fabricated with lumber and LVL. Construction and Building Materials. 151: 172–177
  11. Dong, C., Y. Yang, H. J. Zhang, Y. H. Chui and T. Chen. 2017. Modelling and experimental validation of elastic modulus of Pinus Yunnanensis exposed to high relative humidity. Wood Science and Technology. (Published online)
  12. A. Lafontaine, Z. Chen and G. Doudak and Y. H. Chui. 2017. Lateral behaviour of light wood-frame shearwalls with gypsum wall board. ASCE J. of Structural Engineering. (Published online)
  13. J. Zhou, Y. H. Chui, M. Gong and L. Hu. 2017. Elastic properties of full-size mass timber panels: Characterization using modal testing and comparison with model predictions. Composites Part B. 112: 203–212
  14. L. Zhou, C. Ni and Y. H. Chui. 2016. Testing and modeling of wood-masonry hybrid wall assembly. ASCE J. of Structural Engineering. (Published online)
  15. Z. Y. Chen. Y. H. Chui and G. Doudak. 2016. Contribution of Type X gypsum wall board to the racking performance of light-frame wood shear walls. ASCE Journal of Structural Engineering. 142(5):04016008
  16. Z. Wang, J. Zhou, M. Gong, Y. H. Chui and X. Lu. 2016. Evaluation of modulus of elasticity of laminated strand lumber by non-destructive evaluation technique. BioResources. 11(1): 626-633
  17. L. Li, M. Gong, Y. H. Chui and Y. Liu. 2016. Modeling of the cupping of two-layer laminated densified wood products subjected to moisture and temperature fluctuations: model development. Wood Sci. and Tech. 50(1):23-37
  18. L. Li, M. Gong, Y. H. Chui and Y. Liu. 2016. Modeling of the cupping of two-layer laminated densified wood products subjected to moisture and temperature fluctuations: model application. Wood Sci and Tech. 50(1): 39-51
  19. J. Zhou, Y. H. Chui, M. Gong and L. Hu. 2015. Simultaneous measurement of elastic constants of full-size engineered wood-based panels by modal testing. Holzforschung. 70(7):673–82.
  20. Z. Wang, M. Gong, Y. H. Chui. 2015. Mechanical properties of laminated strand lumber and hybrid cross-laminated timber. Construction and Building Materials. 101(1): 622–627
  21. Q. Zhou, M. Gong, Y. H. Chui, M. Mohammad. 2014. Measurement of rolling shear modulus and strength of cross laminated timber fabricated with black spruce. Construction and Building Materials. 64: 379–386
  22. L. Zhou, C. Ni, Y. H. Chui and Z. Chen. 2014. Seismic performance of hybrid building consisting of light wood frame and reinforced masonry core. ASCE Journal of Performance of Constructed Facilities. 28(6) (Published on-line)
  23. Z. Chen, Y. H. Chui, C. Ni, G. Doudak and M. Mohammad. 2014. Load distribution in timber structures consisting of multiple lateral load resisting elements with different stiffnesses. ASCE Journal of Performance of Constructed Facilities. 28(6) (Published on-line)
  24. L. Li, M. Gong, Y. H. Chui, M. Schneider. 2014. A MATLAB-based image processing algorithm for analyzing cupping profiles of two-layer laminated wood products. Measurement. 53: 234-239
  25. Q. Y. Zhou, M. Gong, Y. H. Chui and M. Mohammad. 2014. Measurement of rolling shear modulus and strength of cross –laminated timber using bending and two-plate shear tests. Wood and Fiber Sci. 46(2): 259-269
  26. X. Yang, M. Gong and Y. H. Chui. 2014. Short-term creep behavior of CFRP-reinforced wood composites subjected to cyclic loading at different climate conditions. BioResources, 9(2): 1845-1857
  27. Y. Liu, M. Gong, L. Li and Y. H. Chui. 2014. Width effect on the modulus of elasticity of hardwood lumber measured by non-destructive evaluation techniques. Construction and Building Materials. 50: 278-280
  28. M. Gong, S. Delahunty, Y. H. Chui. 2014. Influence of number of finger joints per stud on mechanical performance of wood shearwalls. Construction and Building Materials. 50:335-349
  29. S. Rao, M. Gong, Y. H. Chui and M. Mohammad. 2014. Effect of end pressure on performance of structural finger-joined lumber fabricated using a short joint profile. European Journal of Wood and Wood Products. 72:143-145
  30. Z. Chen, Y. H. Chui, C. Ni and J. Xu. 2014. Seismic response of midrise light wood-frame buildings with portal frames. ASCE J. Struct. Eng. SPECIAL ISSUE: Computational Simulation in Structural Engineering, 140(8): paper A4013003