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

, 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:

  • Pritzl, M.D., Tabatabai, H., and Ghorbanpoor, A., "Laboratory Assessment of Select Methods of Corrosion Prevention in Reinforced Concrete Bridges," International Journal of Concrete Structures and Materials, Springer, 2014, Approved for publication.
  • Oesterle, R.G. and Tabatabai, H., "Design Considerations for Integral Abutment/ Jointless Bridges in the USA", Proceedings of the 1st International Workshop on Integral Abutment/ Jointless Bridges, Fuzhou, China, March 2014, pp. 71-101. (Download here)
  • Titi, H., Tabatabai, H., Faheem, A., Tutumluer, E., Druckry, A., Bautista, E., “Evaluation of Spatial Variability in Compacted Aggregate Base Course Layers,” Transportation Research Board (TRB), Approved for publication, 2014.
  • 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).
  • Tabatabai, H., Oliver, D.E., Rohrbaugh, J.W., and Papadopoulos, C., "Novel Applications of Laser Doppler Vibrometry to Medical Imaging," Sensing and Imaging, 2013, Vol. 14, pp. 13-28 (Download here).
  • Titi, H., Druckrey, A., Alshibli, K., and Tabatabai, H., "X-Ray Micro-Computed Tomography for the Durability Characterization of Limestone Aggregate", SPIE, 2012.
  • Zhao, J. and Tabatabai, H., “Evaluation of a permit vehicle model using weigh-in-motion truck records,” Journal of Bridge Engineering, ASCE, in print, 2011.
  • Tabatabai, H., Tabatabai, M.A., and Lee, C-W, “Reliability of Bridge Decks in Wisconsin,” Journal of Bridge Engineering, ASCE, Vol. 16, No. 1, pp. 53-62, January/February 2011.
  • 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, p. 65-76, January 2010.
  • 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.
  • Tabatabai, H., Ghorbanpoor, A., and Pritzl, M.D., “Evaluation of Select Methods of Corrosion Prevention, Corrosion Control, and Repair in Reinforced Concrete Bridges,” WHRP 09-04, Wisconsin Highway Research Program (WHRP), October 2009, 343 pp. (Published online at: http://www.whrp.org/research-areas/structures/structures_0092-06-06.html)
  • 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.
  • 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.
  • 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)
  • 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).
  • 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.
  • 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.
  • 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.
  • 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.
  • 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.
  • 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.
  • 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.
  • Mehrabi, A. B., and Tabatabai, H., “Damage Detection Using Precursor Transformation Method.” Proceedings of Structures Congress, ASCE, New Orleans, LA, April 18-21, 1999.
  • 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.
  • Ciolko, A.T., and Tabatabai, H., “Condition Evaluation of Prestressed Steel Strands in Concrete Bridges,” NCHRP 10-53, Published on the world-wide-web at: http://www4.nationalacademies.org/trb/CRP.nsf/all+projects/NCHRP+10-53, Transportation Research Board, National Research Council, September 1999.
  • 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.
  • 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.
  • 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.
  • 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.
  • 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.
  • 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.
  • Tabatabai, H., “Self-Monitoring Surveillance System for Prestressing Tendons,” NUREG/ CR-6420, U.S. Nuclear Regulatory Commission, Washington, D.C., December 1995, 66 pp.
  • 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.
  • 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.
  • 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.
  • Tabatabai, H., and Dickson, T. J., “The History of the Prestressing Strand Development Length Equation,” PCI Journal, Vol. 38, No. 6, November-December, 1993.
  • 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.
  • 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.
  • Tabatabai, H., and Pandya, S., “Test Fixture Design Meets Challenge of Bridge Stay Cable Fatigue Testing,” Test Engineering and Management, December-January 1992-93.