Habib Tabatabai, Ph.D., P.E. S.E.

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, ht@uwm.edu
(414) 229-5166
Eng & Math Sciences E332
Associate Professor
Civil & Environmental Engineering

Director - Center for Byproducts Utilization (CBU)

Education:

  • Ph.D., Civil Engineering (Structures), University of Florida, Gainesville, 1987
  • M.E., Civil Engineering (Structures), University of Florida, Gainesville, 1982
  • B.S.C.E., Civil Engineering, University of Florida, Gainesville, 1981

Research Focus:

  • Reliability and durability of bridges
  • Jointless and integral abutment bridges
  • Utilization of byproducts in construction
  • Stay cables and cable-stay bridges
  • Damage detection in structures
  • Structural health monitoring
  • Repair and rehabilitation

Publications:

1. Tabatabai, H., Titi, H., and Zhao, J., “WIM-Based Assessment of Load Effects on Bridges Due to Various Classes of Heavy Trucks,” Engineering Structures, Elsevier, Approved for publication, 2017.

2. Tabatabai, H., Sobolev, K., Ghorbanpoor, A., Nabizadeh, A., Lee, C.-W., and Lind, M., “Evaluation of Thin Polymer Overlays for Bridge Decks,” Report No. 0092-12-06, Wisconsin Highway Research Program, July 2016.

3. Tabatabai, H., Lee, C.-W., and Tabatabai, M.A., “Survival Analyses for Bridge Decks in Northern United States,” Civil and Environmental Engineering Faculty Articles. Paper 7, http://dc.uwm.edu/cee_facart/7 , 2016.

4. Pritzl, M.D., Tabatabai, H., Ghorbanpoor, A., “Long-Term Chloride Profiles in Bridge Decks Treated with Penetrating Sealer or Corrosion Inhibitors,” Construction and Building Materials, Elsevier, DOI: 10.1016/j.conbuildmat.2015.10.158, Vol. 101, 2015, pp 1037-1046.

5. Dashti, S., and Tabatabai, H., “Beneficial Use of Dredged Materials in Fly Ash- Based Alkali-Activated Concrete, Report No. 15-01, Center for By-products Utilization (CBU), University of Wisconsin – Milwaukee, 2015.

6. Hawileh, R.A., Tabatabai, H., Abu-Obeidah, A., Balloni, J., and Rahman, A., “Evaluation of the Low-Cycle Fatigue Life in Seven Steel Bar Types,” Journal of Materials in Civil Engineering, ASCE, DOI: 10.1061/(ASCE)MT.1943-5533.0001476, November 2015.

7. Tabatabai, H., Lee, C.-W., and Tabatabai, M.A., “Reliability of Bridge Decks in the United States,” Bridge Structures, IOS Press, DOI: 10.3233/BRS-150091, Vol. 11, 2015, pp. 75-85. (Download here)

8. Puerta Falla, G., and Tabatabai, H., “Effects of External Confinement on Reinforcing Steel Corrosion in Concrete”, Corrosion, Nace International, Vol. 71, No. 9, September 2015, pp. 1121-1134.

9. Pritzl, M.D., Tabatabai, H., and Ghorbanpoor, A., "Laboratory Evaluation of Select Methods of Corrosion Prevention in Reinforced Concrete Bridges," International Journal of Concrete Structures and Materials, Springer, Vol. 8, No. 3, September 2014, pp. 201-212 (open access) (Download here).

10. Oesterle, R.G., and Tabatabai, H., “Proceedings of the 1st International Workshop on Integral Abutments/Jointless Bridges,” Shijiazhuang-Fuzhou, China, March 8-12, 2014, pp. 71-101 (Download here).

11. Titi, H., Faheem, A., Tabatabai, H., and Tutumluer, E. , “Influence of Aggregate Base Layer Variability on Pavement Performance,” Journal of the Transportation Research

Board, National Research Council, Washington, D.C., No. 2457 / Pavement Management 2014, Vol. 3, pp 58–71.

12. Titi, H., Tabatabai, H., Faheem, A., Tutumluer, E., Druckry, A., Bautista, E., “Evaluation of Compacted Aggregate Base Course Layers,” Geocongress 2014, ASCE Geotechnical Special Publication No. 234, American Society of Civil Engineers, pp. 2921-2930.

13. Titi, H, Druckrey, A., Alshibli, K., and Tabatabai, H., “X-Ray Micro-Computed Tomography for the Durability Characterization of Limestone Aggregates,” Geocongress 2014, ASCE Geotechnical Special Publication No. 234, American Society of Civil Engineers, pp. 2877-2886.

14. Pritzl, M.D., Tabatabai, H., and Ghorbanpoor, A., "Laboratory Assessment of Select Methods of Corrosion Control and Repair in Reinforced Concrete Bridges," International Journal of Corrosion, Volume 2014 (2014), Article ID 175094, 11 pages (Download here).

15. Tabatabai, H., and Lee, C.-W., “Comparison of Steel Slag Aggregate Test Results with Historical Wisconsin Aggregate Test Data,” Report No. 13-02, Center for By-products Utilization (CBU), University of Wisconsin – Milwaukee, 2013.

16. Tabatabai, H., and Lee, C.-W., “Comparison of Steel Slag Aggregate Test Results with Historical Wisconsin Aggregate Test Data,” Report No. 13-02, Center for By-products Utilization (CBU), University of Wisconsin – Milwaukee, 2013.

17. Tabatabai, H., Oliver, D.E., Rohrbaugh, J.W., and Papadopoulos, C., "Novel Applications of Laser Doppler Vibrometry to Medical Imaging," Sensing and Imaging, June 2013, Vol. 14, issue 1-2, pp. 13-28 (Download here).

18. Ghorbanpoor, A., Tabatabai, H., and Leppi, Z., “Aesthetic Coatings for Steel Bridge Components,” Report No. 0092-11-07, Wisconsin Highway Research Program, November 2013.

19. Sobolev, K., Tabatabai, H., Zhao, J., Flores Vivian, I., and Muzenski, S., “Superhydrophobic Engineered Cementitious Composites for Highway Bridge Applications: Technology Transfer and Implementation,” Report 06-03, National Center for Freight and Infrastructure Research and Education (CFIRE), Madison, WI, September 2013.

20. Zhao, Z. and Tabatabai, H., “Water Absorption Tests for Measuring Permeability of Field Concrete,” Report 06-05, National Center for Freight and Infrastructure Research and Education (CFIRE), Madison, WI, September 2013.

21. Tabatabai, H., Titi, H., Lee, C.-W., Qamhia, I.I., and Puerta Falla, G., “Investigation of Testing Methods to Determine Long-Term Durability of Wisconsin Aggregates,” Report

No. 0092-10-08, Wisconsin Highway Research Program, Wisconsin Department of Transportation, January 2013.

22. Titi, H., Tabatabai, H., Sobolev, K., Crovetti, J., and Foley, C., “Feasibility Study for a Freeway Corridor Infrastructure Health Monitoring Instrumentation Testbed,” DOI: 10.13140/RG.2.1.1669.4803, Report No. 04-08, National Center for Freight and Infrastructure Research and Education (CFIRE), August 2012.

23. Zhao, J. and Tabatabai, H., “Evaluation of a permit vehicle model using weigh-in-motion truck records,” Journal of Bridge Engineering, ASCE, Vol. 17, No. 2, March/April 2012, pp. 389-392.

24. Tabatabai, H., Tabatabai, M.A., and Lee, C-W, “Reliability of Bridge Decks in Wisconsin,” Journal of Bridge Engineering, ASCE, Vol. 16, No. 1, January/February 2011, pp. 53-62.

25. R.A. Hawileh, A. Rahman, H. Tabatabai, “Nonlinear Finite Element Analysis and Modeling of a Precast Hybrid Beam-Column Connection Subjected to Cyclic Loads”, Applied Mathematical Modeling, Vol. 34, No. 9, September 2010, pp. 2562-2583.

26. R.A. Hawileh, A. Rahman and H. Tabatabai, “Evaluation of the Low-Cycle Fatigue Life in ASTM A706 and A615 Grade 60 Steel Reinforcing Bars”, Journal of Materials in Civil Engineering, ASCE, Vol. 22 No. 1, January 2010, pp. 65-76.

27. Haweeleh, R.A., Rahman, A., and Tabatabai, H., “A non-linear 3D FEM to simulate un-bonded steel reinforcement bars under axial and bending Loads,” Engineering Journal, Scientific Research, Vol. 1, No. 2, p 75-90, 2009.

28. Tabatabai, H., Ghorbanpoor, A., and Pritzl, M.D., “Evaluation of Select Methods of Corrosion Prevention, Corrosion Control, and Repair in Reinforced Concrete Bridges,” Report WHRP 09-04, Wisconsin Highway Research Program, October 2009, 343 pp. (Published online at: http://www.whrp.org/research-areas/structures/structures_0092-06-06.html)

29. Zhao, J. and Tabatabai, H., “Analysis of Permit Vehicle Loads in Wisconsin,” Report No. 09-03, Wisconsin Highway Research Program, September 2009.

30. Tabatabai, H., Zhao, J., and Lee, C-W, “Statistical Analysis of Heavy Truck Loads Using Wisconsin Weigh-In-Motion Data,” CFIRE 01-02, National Center for Freight and Infrastructure Research and Education (CFIRE), September 2009, 193 pp.

31. Tabatabai, H., and Lee, C.-W., “Monte Carlo Simulation of Cable Fatigue Stresses in Two Cable-Stayed Bridges,” Bridge Structures, Vol. 2, No. 3, September 2006, pp. 147-153.

32. Hawileh, R., Tabatabai, H., Rahman, A., and Amro, A., “Non-Dimensional Design Procedures for Precast, Prestressed Concrete Hybrid Frames,” PCI Journal, Vol. 51, No. 5, September-October 2006, pp. 110-130.

33. Tabatabai, H., Ghorbanpoor, A., and Turnquist-Nass, A., “Rehabilitation Techniques for Concrete Bridges,” WHRP 0092-01-06, Wisconsin Highway Research Program, 2004, pp 309. (Download here)

34. Tabatabai, H., “Inspection and Maintenance of Bridge Stay Cable Systems,” NCHRP Synthesis 353, National Cooperative Research Program, Transportation Research Board, 2005, 75 pp.(Download here).

35. Titi, H., Tabatabai, H., Ghorbanpoor, A., Lamichhane, K., and Elias, M., “The Effect of Minnesota Aggregates on Rapid Chloride Permeability Test,” Report No. 2005-10, Minnesota Department of Transportation, 2004, 82 pp.

36. Tabatabai, H., and Lee, C.-W., “Simulation of Bridge Deck Deterioration Caused by Corrosion,” Paper 06345, Proceedings of Corrosion 2006, National Association of Corrosion Engineers (NACE), San Diego, CA, March 2006, 18 pp.

37. Tabatabai, H., Oesterle, R.G., and Lawson, T.J., “Jointless Bridges - Vol I – Experimental Research and Field Studies,” Report Submitted to the Federal Highway Administration, 2005.

38. Oesterle, R.G., Tabatabai, H., Refai., T.M., and Volz, J.S., “Jointless Bridges – Volume II – Analytical Research and Proposed Design Procedures,” Report Submitted to the Federal Highway Administration, 2005.

39. Oesterle, R.G., Tabatabai, H., Lawson, T.J., Refai., T.M., Volz, J.S., Scanlon, A., “Jointless Bridges – Volume III – Summary Report,” Report Submitted to the Federal Highway Administration, 2005.

40. Papadopoulos, C., Tabatabai, H., and Buechel, C., “Investigation of a Model Vertical Motion Liquid Damper: Comparing Numerical Simulation and Experimental Evidence,” Proceedings of the SPIE Symposium on Smart Structures and Materials, March 6-10, 2005, San Diego, CA.

41. Oesterle, R.G., Mehrabi, A.B., Tabatabai, H., Scanlon, A., and Ligozio, C.A., “Continuity Considerations in Prestressed Concrete Jointless Bridges”, Proceedings of the 2004 Structures Congress, Paper 278, p. 227-234, American Society of Civil Engineers, 2004.

42. Oesterle, R.G., Mehrabi, A.B., Tabatabai, H., Scanlon, A., and Ligozio, C.A., “Evaluation of Continuity in Prestressed Concrete Jointless Bridges”, Proceedings of the 2004 Concrete Bridge Conference, Charlotte, NC, National Concrete Bridge Council/American Concrete Institute, 20p, 2004.

43. Hawileh, R., Rahman, A., and Tabatabai, H., “Non-Linear FE Transient Analysis of Precast Hybrid Beam-Column Connection,” Proceedings of IMAC XXIII Conference and Exposition on Structural Dynamics, 2004.

44. Hawileh, R., Rahman, A., and Tabatabai, H., “Low Cycle Fatigue Criteria for Mild Steel Bars Under Combined Bending and Axial Loading,” Proceedings of IMAC XXIII Conference and Exposition on Structural Dynamics, 2004.

45. Rahman, A., Tabatabai, H., and Hawileh, R.A., “Simplified Design Procedures for Precast Hybrid Frames,” Report submitted to the Precast/Prestressed Concrete Institute, University of Wisconsin – Milwaukee, April 2004.

46. Rahman, A., Hawileh, R., and Tabatabai, H., “FE Model of Precast Hybrid Beam-Column Connection Subjected to Cyclic Loading,” Proceedings of the ASCE Engineering Mechanics Conference – Paper No. 124, ASCE, Seattle, July 16-18, 2003.

47. Nagi, M., Whiting, D., and Tabatabai, H., “Laboratory Evaluation of Repairs to Pretensioned Concrete Bridge Members,” Proceedings of the 10th International Conference and Exhibition, Structural Faults and Repair Conference, London, UK, July 2003.

48. Oesterle, R.G., Tabatabai, H., and Volz, J.S., "Overview of FHWA-Sponsored Research on Jointless Bridges", Proceedings of the ASCE Illinois Section Lecture Series "Bridges", ASCE Illinois Section, Chicago, Illinois, March 6, 2001, 34 pp.

49. Tabatabai, H., and Mehrabi, A. B., “Design of Mechanical Viscous Dampers for Stay Cables,” Journal of Bridge Engineering, ASCE, Vol. 5, No. 2, May 2000, pp. 114-123.

50. Tabatabai, H., and Mehrabi, A. “Tuned Dampers and Cable Fillers for Suppression of Bridge Stay Cable Vibrations – Report of Investigation,” U.S. Department of Commerce, National Technical Information Service, Report No. PB2000-105409, May 2000, 28 pp.

51. Whiting, D.W., Tabatabai, H., Stejskal, B., and Nagi, M. “Rehabilitation of Prestressed Concrete Bridge Components by Non-Electrical (Conventional) Methods,” Federal Highway Administration, Report No. FHWA-RD-98-189, February 1999, 119 pp.

52. Mehrabi, A. B., Tabatabai, H., and Lotfi, H.R., “Damage Detection in Structures Using Precursor Transformation Method.” Journal of Intelligent Material Systems and Structures, Vol. 9, No. 10, October 1999, pp. 808-817.

53. Tabatabai, H., and Mehrabi, A. B., “Evaluation of Various Damping Treatments for Stay Cables,” Proceedings of 18th International Modal Analysis Conference, SEM, San Antonio, TX, February 2000.

54. Mehrabi, A. B., and Tabatabai, H., “Damage Detection Using Precursor Transformation Method.” Proceedings of Structures Congress, ASCE, New Orleans, LA, April 18-21, 1999.

55. Tabatabai, H., and Mehrabi, A. B., “Vibration Suppression Measures for Stay Cables,” Proceedings of 17th International Modal Analysis Conference, SEM, Kissimmee, FL, February 8-11, 1999, pp. 1237-1243.

56. Ciolko, A.T., and Tabatabai, H., “Condition Evaluation of Prestressed Steel Strands in Concrete Bridges,” NCHRP 10-53, Published online at: http://www4.nationalacademies.org/trb/CRP.nsf/all+projects/NCHRP+10-53, Transportation Research Board, National Research Council, September 1999.

57. Mehrabi, A. B., and Tabatabai, H., “A Unified Finite Difference Formulation for Free Vibration of Cables,” Journal of Structural Engineering, Vol. 124, No.11, ASCE, November 1998.

58. Tabatabai, H., and Mehrabi, A. B., “Combining Sag-Extensibility and Bending Stiffness Effects in Free Vibration Analysis of Cables,” 12th Engineering Mechanics Division Conference Proceedings, ASCE, La Jolla CA, May 17-20, 1998.

59. Mehrabi, A. B., Tabatabai, H., and Lotfi, H. R., “Precursor Transformation Method for Damage Detection in Structures,” 5th Annual International Symposium on Smart Structures and Materials Proceedings, SPIE, March 1-5, 1998.

60. Tabatabai, H., Mehrabi, A. B., and Yen, W. P., “Bridge Stay Cable Condition Assessment Using Vibration Measurement Techniques,” Structural Materials Technology Conference on Bridge and Highways Proceedings, SPIE, March 31-April 2, 1998, San Antonio, TX.

61. Yen, W. P., Mehrabi, A. B., and Tabatabai, H., “Evaluation of Stay Cable Tension Using a Non-Destructive Vibration Technique,” Structures Congress Proceedings, ASCE, Vol. 1, April 1997, pp. 503-507.

62. Graves, H. L., and Tabatabai, H., “Acoustic Monitoring of Containment Tendons,” Proceedings of the Sixth Symposium on Current Issues Related to Nuclear Power Plant Structures, Equipment and Piping, North Carolina State University, December 4-6, 1996.

63. Oesterle, R. G., Tabatabai, H., Lawson, T. J., Refai, T. M., and Volz, J. S., “An Overview of the FHWA-Sponsored Research Study on Jointless Bridges,” Proceedings of the FHWA Workshop on Integral Abutment Bridges, Pittsburgh, November 12-15, 1996.

64. Tabatabai, H., “Self-Monitoring Surveillance System for Prestressing Tendons,” NUREG/ CR-6420, U.S. Nuclear Regulatory Commission, Washington, D.C., December 1995, 66 pp.

65. Tabatabai, H., Ciolko, A. T., and Dickson, T. J., “Implications of Test Results from Full-Scale Fatigue Tests of Stay Cables Composed of Seven-Wire Prestressing Strands,” Proceedings of the Fourth International Bridge Engineering Conference, Vol. 1, August 28-30, 1995, pp. 266-277.

66. Tabatabai, H., and Dickson, T. J., “The History of the Prestressing Strand Development Length Equation,” Federal Highway Administration, FHWA-RD-93-076, Washington, D.C., February 1995, 112 pp.

67. Shiu, K. N., and Tabatabai, H., “Measured Thermal Response of Concrete Box-Girder Bridge,” Transportation Research Record No. 1460, Transportation Research Board, Washington, D.C., Dec. 1994, pp. 94-105.

68. Tabatabai, H., and Dickson, T. J., “The History of the Prestressing Strand Development Length Equation,” PCI Journal, Vol. 38, No. 6, November-December, 1993.

69. Dickson, T. J., Tabatabai, H., and Whiting D. W., “Corrosion Assessment of a 34-Year-Old Precast Post-Tensioned Concrete Girder,” PCI Journal, Vol. 38, No. 6, November-December 1993.

70. Tabatabai, H., and Dickson, T. J., “Structural Evaluation of a 34-Year-Old Precast Post-Tensioned Concrete Girder,” PCI Journal, Vol. 38, No. 5, September-October 1993.

71. Tabatabai, H., and Pandya, S., “Test Fixture Design Meets Challenge of Bridge Stay Cable Fatigue Testing,” Test Engineering and Management, December-January 1992-93.

72. Tabatabai, H., and Dickson, T. J., “Compressive Strength and Durability Evaluation of a 34-Year-Old Post-Tensioned Concrete Bridge Girder,” North Dakota Department of Transportation, Report No. FHWA/ND-(1)-92-(B), Bismarck, ND, October 1992.

73. Shiu, K. N., Russell, H. G., and Tabatabai, H., “Instrumentation of the Red River Bridge at Boyce, Louisiana,” Louisiana Transportation Research Center, Report No. FHWA/LA-91/223, Baton Rouge, Louisiana, January 1991.

74. Tabatabai, H., Bloomquist, D., McVay, M. C., Gill, J. J., and Townsend, F. C., “Centrifugal Modeling of Underground Structures Subjected to Blast Loading,” Report No. AFESC/ESL-TR-87-62, Air Force Engineering Services Center (now Air Force Civil Engineering Support Agency), Tyndall Air Force Base, Panama City, Florida, March 1988, 319 pp.

75. Tabatabai, H., Townsend, F. C., and Bloomquist, D., “Instrumentation for Centrifugal Modeling of Underground Structures Subjected to Blast Loading,” ISA Transactions, Instrument Society of America, Vol. 27, No. 2, 1988.

76. Townsend, F. C., Tabatabai, H., McVay, M. C., Bloomquist, D., and Gill, J. J., “Centrifugal Modeling of Buried Structures Subjected to Blast Loading,” Proceedings of the International Conference on Geotechnical Centrifuge Modelling, Paris, France, April 25-27, 1988.

77. Tabatabai, H., Townsend, F. C., and Bloomquist, D., “Instrumentation for Centrifugal Modeling of Underground Structures Subjected to Blast Loading,” Proceedings of the

33rd International Instrumentation Symposium, Instrument Society of America, Las Vegas, May 1987.

78. Townsend, F. C., Zalzman, S., Tabatabai, H., McVay, M. C., Bloomquist, D., and Gill, J. J., “Centrifugal and Numerical Modeling of Buried Structures Subjected to Blast Loading,” Proceedings of the International Conference on the Interaction of Conventional Munitions with Protective Structures, Mannheim, Germany, March 1987.

79. Hays, C. O., and Tabatabai, H., “Summary of Research on Florida Precast Panel Bridges,” Final Report No. 85-1, Department of Civil Engineering, Engineering and Industrial Experiment Station, University of Florida, Gainesville, August 1985, 76 pp.

80. Fagundo, F. E., Tabatabai, H., Soongswang, K., Richardson, J., and Callis, E., “Precast Panel Composite Bridge Decks,” Concrete International: Design and Construction, Vol. 7, No. 5, May 1985, pp. 59-65.

81. Fagundo, F. E., Hays, C. O., Tabatabai, H., and Soongswang, K., “The Effect of Crack Development and Propagation on the Maintenance Requirements of Precast Deck Bridges,” Final Report No. U88, Department of Civil Engineering, Engineering and Industrial Experiment Station, University of Florida, Gainesville, July 1984, 152 pp.