Douglas Tomlinson

Assistant Professor - Structural Engineering

Office: 6-255 Donadeo Innovation Centre for Engineering
Phone: 780 492-6696
Email: dtomlins@ualberta.ca

Research Interests

  • Reinforced and prestressed concrete structures
  • Applications of Fibre Reinforced Polymers (FRP) in concrete structures
  • Partially composite structural members
  • Precast concrete insulated wall panels
  • Low-embodied energy materials

Personal Summary

I am a new assistant professor in structural engineering at the University of Alberta. During my PhD at Queen's University I studied partially composite precast concrete insulated wall panels loaded under flexural and axial loads. I tested panels constructed using both steel and FRP reinforcement, developed techniques to evaluate the centroid of partially composite sections, successfully used Digital Image Correlation to evaluate slip between concrete layers, and investigated the validity of Basalt FRP in reinforced concrete structures. During my post-doctoral work in the Sustainable Engineering in Remote Areas (SERA) program I conducted research on flax FRP skinned structural members, the use of electrical resistivity to predict strength gain in concrete cured at various temperatures, and post-tensioned guideway structures. Currently I serve on committees in the Canadian Society for Civil Engineering (CSCE) and American Concrete Institute (ACI) that focus on the use of advanced composite materials in structural engineering.

During my undergrad, I was active on the Queen's concrete canoe and toboggan teams. I then served as an advisor for the concrete canoe team while doing my PhD. To date, I have taught undergraduate courses on reinforced concrete, prestressed concrete, and professional skills.

Future Research Directions

I am expanding my previous work on insulated concrete wall panels. In particular, I will: investigate the long term durability of shear connection systems, experimentally evaluate thermal bowing, and further study the effect of connector arrangement on panel flexural and axial response.

I am excited to conduct research on the use of high-performance materials in structural engineering applications. These materials can be used to construct efficient and durable structures as well as to retrofit existing structures to extend their design lives. I'm also excited to explore materials that have lower embodied energies than those used in traditional construction in order to reduce the impact our structures have on the environment.

Education

  • 2015 - PhD (Civil Engineering), Queen's University, Kingston, ON. Thesis Title: Behaviour of Partially Composite Precast Concrete Sandwich Panels subject to Flexural and Axial Loads.
  • 2009 - BSc (Civil Engineering – Infrastructure Option), Queen's University, Kingston, ON
Professional Experience


  • 2016 to present - Assistant Professor, Department of Civil and Environmental Engineering, University of Alberta, Edmonton, AB
  • 2015 to 2016    - NSERC CREATE Sustainable Engineering in Remote Areas (SERA) Post-Doctoral Fellow, Queen's University, Kingston, ON.
  • 2013 to 2016    - Canada Foundation for Innovation Project Manager "Moving Load Facility for Bridge Assessment and Durability", Kingston, ON.


Professional Affiliations

  • 2016 to present - Canadian Society for Civil Engineering. Currently: Member of the Advanced Composite Materials Committee.
  • 2013 to present - Precast/Prestressed Concrete Institute.
  • 2012 to present - American Concrete Institute. Currently: Member of Committee 440 "Fiber Reinforced Polymer Reinforcement, Voting Member of Subcommittee 440-H "FRP Reinforced Concrete", and Voting Member of Subcommittee 440-J "FRP Stay in Place Forms"
Peer Reviewed Journal Publications
  1. Tomlinson, D.G., and Fam, A. "Analytical Approach to Flexural Response of Partially Composite Insulated Concrete Sandwich Walls used for Cladding." Engineering Structures, 112, 251-266.
  2. Tomlinson, D.G. and Fam, A. "The Axial Load-Bending Moment Interaction Diagram of Partially Composite Precast Concrete Sandwich Panels." ACI Structural Journal (Accepted June 2016)
  3. Tomlinson, D.G., and Fam, A. (2016) "Analysis and Parametric Study of Partially Composite Precast Concrete Sandwich Panels under Axial Loads." Journal of Structural Engineering. Available Online.
  4. Teixeira, N, Tomlinson, D.G., and Fam, A. "Precast Concrete Sandwich Panels with Bolted Angle Connections Tested in Flexure under Simulated Wind Pressure and Suction." PCI Journal, 61(4), 65-83.
  5. Tomlinson, D.G., Teixiera, N., and Fam, A. (2016). "New Shear Connector Design for Insulated Concrete Sandwich Panels using Basalt Fiber Reinforced Polymer Bars." Journal of Composites for Construction. Available Online.
  6. Tomlinson, D.G., and Fam, A. (2015). "Flexural Behavior of Precast Concrete Sandwich Wall Panels with Basalt-FRP and Steel Reinforcement." PCI Journal, 60(6), 51-71.
  7. Tomlinson, D.G., and Fam, A. (2015). "Combined Loading Behavior of Basalt-FRP Reinforced Precast Concrete Insulated Partially-Composite Walls." Journal of Composites for Construction, 20(3).
  8. Tomlinson, D.G, and Fam, A. (2015). "Performance of Concrete Beams Reinforced with Basalt-FRP for Flexure and Shear." Journal of Composites for Construction, 19(2).
  9. Tomlinson, D.G, and Fam, A. (2014). "Experimental Investigation of Precast Concrete Insulated Sandwich Panels with GFRP Shear Connectors." ACI Structural Journal, 111(3), 595-606.
  10. Woltman, G., Tomlinson, D., and Fam, A. (2013) "Investigation of Various GFRP Shear Connectors for Insulated Precast Concrete Sandwich Wall Panels." Journal of Composites for Construction, 17(5), 711-721.
Conference Proceedings
  1. Tomlinson, D., and Fam, A. (2016) "Load Bearing Precast Concrete Sandwich Panels Reinforced by Basalt-FRP Reinforcement and Shear Connectors." Advanced Composite Materials in Bridges and Structures 7, Vancouver, BC.
  2. Tomlinson, D., Garcia, J., and Fam. A. (2016) "Flexural Behaviour of Flax-FRP Wrapped Foam Tube Structures for Lightweight Construction." 5th International CSCE Structures Specialty Conference, London, ON.
  3. Tomlinson, D.G., and Fam, A. (2015). "Load-Bearing Precast Concrete Sandwich Wall Panels with Basalt-FRP Reinforcement and Ties." 12th International Symposium on Fiber Reinforced Polymers for Reinforced Concrete Structures, Nanjing, December 14–16.
  4. Tomlinson, D.G., Teixiera, N., and Fam, A. (2014) "Comparison of Steel and Basalt-FRP Angled Shear Connectors in Precast Concrete Sandwich Wall Panels." 60th Annual PCI Convention and National Bridge Conference, Washington, DC.
  5. Woltman, G., Hanna, M., Tomlinson, G., and Fam, A. (2011) "Thermal Insulation Effectiveness of Sandwich Concrete Walls with GFRP Shear Connectors for Sustainable Construction." Conference on Durability of Composites for Construction, Quebec City, QC.
  6. Woltman, G. Tomlinson, D, and Fam. A. (2010) "A Comparative Study of Various FRP Shear Connectors for Sandwich Concrete Walls." The 5th International Conference on FRP Composites in Civil Engineering, Beijing.
  7. Tomlinson, D.G., and Fam, A. (2017). "Response of Flax-FRP Skinned Foam Cored Tubes to Axial Loads." 6th Asia-Pacific Conference on FRP in Structures, Singapore. Abstract Accepted.
  8. Tomlinson, D.G., and Fam, A. (2017). "Effect of FRP Connector Size and Insertion Angle on Shear Transfer in Precast Concrete Insulated Wall Panels." 6th Asia-Pacific Conference on FRP in Structures, Singapore. Abstract Accepted.