Habib Tabatabai

Habib Tabatabai

  • Professor, Civil and Environmental Engineering
  • Director, Structural Engineering Lab


  • PhD, Civil Engineering (Structures), University of Florida, Gainesville, 1987
  • ME, Civil Engineering (Structures), University of Florida, Gainesville, 1982
  • B.CE., Civil Engineering, University of Florida, Gainesville, 1981

Research Interests

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


  • Nabizadeh, A. and Tabatabai, H., “Development of nonlinear probabilistic S-N curves using survival analysis techniques with application to steel bridges,” International Journal of Fatigue, Vol 141, December 2020, 105892, DOI: 10.1016/j.ijfatigue.2020.105892
  • Xue, J., Briseghella, B., Huang, F., Nuti, C., Tabatabai, H., and Chen, B., “Review of ultra-high performance concrete and its application in bridge engineering,” Construction and Building Materials, 260, October 2020. DOI: 10.1016/j.conbuildmat.2020.119844.
  • Nabizadeh, A., Tabatabai, H., and Tabatabai, M.A., “Conditional Survival Analysis for Concrete Bridge Decks,” Life Cycle Reliability and Safety Engineering, Springer, 9, 63-75 (2020), November 2019. https://doi.org/10.1007/s41872-019-00100-4
  • Nabizadeh, A.; Tabatabai, H.; Tabatabai, M.A., “Survival Analysis of Bridge Superstructures in Wisconsin,” Applied Sciences, MDPI, 2018, 8, 2079. https://doi.org/10.3390/app8112079
  • Tabatabai, H., Titi, H., and Lee, C.-W., “Assessment of Tests to Determine Long-Term Durability of Wisconsin Aggregates,” Journal of Materials in Civil Engineering, ASCE, Vol. 30, No. 10, October 2018, https://doi.org/10.1061/(ASCE)MT.1943-5533.0002463 .
  • Xue, J., Lin, J., Briseghella, B., Tabatabai, H., and Chen, B., “Solar Radiation Parameters for Assessing Temperature Distributions on Bridge Cross Sections,” Applied Sciences, MDPI, 8(4), 627, April 2018, doi: 10.3390/app8040627. Download here.
  • Ellis, D.S., Tabatabai, H., and Nabizadeh, A., “Residual Tensile Strength and Bond Properties of GFRP Bars after Exposure to Elevated Temperatures,” Materials, MDPI, Vol. 11, No. 3, 346, 2018, https://www.mdpi.com/1996-1944/11/3/346
  • Titi, H. and Tabatabai, H., “Effect of Coarse Aggregate Type on Chloride Ion Penetration in Concrete,” Construction and Building Materials, Elsevier, 162C, 2018, pp. 871-880.
  • Tabatabai, H., Janbaz, M., and Nabizadeh, A., “Mechanical and Thermo-Gravimetric Properties of Unsaturated Polyester Resin Blended with FGD Gypsum,” Construction and Building Materials, Elsevier, 163, February 2018, pp. 438–445. (DOI: 10.1016/j.conbuildmat.2017.12.041)
  • Tabatabai, H., and Aljuboori, M., “A Novel Concrete-Based Sensor for Detection of Ice and Water on Roads and Bridges,” Sensors, Vol. 17, No. 12, December 2017 (DOI: 10.3390/s17122912). Download here.
  • Tabatabai, H., and Oesterle, R.G., “Short-Term Environment Dependent Creep and Shrinkage of Mature Concrete,” Magazine of Concrete Research, DOI: 10.1680/jmacr.17.00052, June 2017.
  • 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, DOI: 10.1016/j.engstruct.2017.020.060, Vol 140, 2017, pp 189-198.
  • 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.
  • 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.
  • 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

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