Y. H. Chui

Professor, Structural Engineering

Office:  7-304 Donadeo Innovation Centre for Engineering
Phone:  780 248 1176
Email:  yhc@ualberta.ca

Biography


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 also Vice-Chair of ASTM Technical Committee D.07 'Wood', and represented Canada on the ISO TC 165 Technical Committee 'Timber structures'.

Research Interests

  • Timber and hybrid structures
  • Timber connections
  • Engineered wood products and composites
  • Wood quality and lumber properties
  • Non-destructive evaluation
  • Structural dynamics

Education

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

Professional Experience

  • 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 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 - International Academy of Wood Science
  • Member - Association of Professional Engineers and Geoscientists of New Brunswick
  • Member - American Society of Testing and Materials
  • Member - Forest Products Society

Technical Committees

  • Vice Chair - ASTM Technical Committee D07 'Wood'
  • Head - Canadian delegationISO Technical Committee 165 'Timber Structures'
  • Deputy - Coordinator IUFRO 5.12.00 – Sustainable utilization of forest products
  • 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)

Refereed Journal Publications

  1. J. Zhou, Y. H. Chui, M. Gong and L. Hu. 2016. Elastic properties of full-size mass timber panels: Characterization using modal testing and comparison with model predictions. Composites Part B. (Accepted)
  2. 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)
  3. 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
  4. 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
  5. 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
  6. 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
  7. 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
  8. 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
  9. 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
  10. 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)
  11. 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)
  12. 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
  13. 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
  14. 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
  15. 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
  16. 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
  17. 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
  18. 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
  19. L. Li, M. Gong, Y. H. Chui, M. Schneider and D. Li. 2013. Measurement of the elastic parameters of densified balsam fir wood in the radial-tangential plane using a digital image correlation (DIC) method. J. Mater. Sci. 48(21): 7728-7735
  20. M. Peng, J. A. Kershaw, Jr., Y. H. Chui, and M. Gong. 2013. Modeling and prediction of tangential, radial and longitudinal shrinkage in jack pine and white spruce. Canadian Journal of Forest Research. 43(8): 742-749
  21. M. Gong, S. Delahunty, Y. H. Chui and L. Li. 2013. Use of low grade hardwood for fabricating laminated railway ties. Construction and Building Materials. 41:73-78
  22. C. Zhou, Y. H. Chui and M. Gong. 2012. Within-stem variation in wood properties of red pine (Pinus resinosa Ait.). Wood and Fiber Science. 44(4): 412-421
  23. Y. Cao, F. Chan and Y. H. Chui, H. Xiao. 2012. Characterization of flax fibres modified by alkaline, enzyme and steam-heat. BioResources. 7(3):4109-4121
  24. S. Rao, M. Gong, Y. H. Chui and M. Mohammad. 2012. Effect of geometric parameters of finger joint profile on ultimate tensile strength of single finger-joined boards. Wood and Fiber Science. 44(3): 263-270
  25. M. Peng, Y. C. Ho, W. C. Wang, Y. H. Chui, M. Gong. 2012. Measurement of wood shrinkage in jack pine using three dimensional digital image correlation (DIC). Holzforschung. 66(5):639–643
  26. B. J. Wang and Y. H. Chui. 2012. Manufacturing of LVL using cost-effective resin impregnation ad layup technologies. Wood Sci and Tech. 46(6): 1043–1059
  27. B. J. Wang and Y. H. Chui. 2012. Performance evaluation of PF resin impregnated MPB veneers and LVL. Wood and Fiber Science. 44(1):5-13
  28. Y. Yang, M. Gong, B. Leblon, Y. H. Chui. 2011. Linear window correlation: new image processing based approach of strain distribution analysis of wood. Canadian Journal of Forest Research. 41(11):2141-2149
  29. M. Peng, Y. H. Chui, Y. C. Ho, W. C. Wang and Y. Zhou. 2011. Investigation of shrinkage in softwood using digital image correlation method. Applied Mechanics and Materials. 83:157-161
  30. T. Biechele, Y. H. Chui and M. Gong. 2011. Comparison of NDE techniques for assessing mechanical properties of unjointed and finger-jointed lumber. Holzforschung. 65(3):397–401