Alireza Azarbakht
Associate Professor, ARAK University, IRAN.
Research Fellow, Strathclyde University, Glasgow, UK.


Welcome to my personal website. As a brief introduction, I have received my M.S. and PhD, respectively in 2002 and 2007, in Structural Engineering from International Institute of Earthquake Engineering and Seismology (IIEES). I also spent time, as a visiting researcher during my PhD, at IKPIR Institute at Ljubljana University in Slovenia in 2006. Then, I have joined ARAK University in IRAN in 2007. Recently, I joined University of Strathclyde in 2019 in order to co-lead WorkPackage 3 of the European ‘TURNkey’ project (H2020 – SC5 – 2018 – 2 call (action RIA – Research Innovation Action)) titled: “Towards more Earthquake-resilient Urban Societies through a Multi-sensor-based Information System enabling Earthquake Forecasting, Early Warning and Rapid Response actions”. You can find more here [TURNkey Official Website]

My main research area is focused on the subjects of ‘seismic hazard analysis’, ‘ground motion selection in Performance-Based Earthquake Engineering’ and ‘earthquake early warning system’. The current website aims at providing related materials and publications in this research line of inquiry.


Selected publications:

1. "Incorporation of Multivariate Statistical Distribution of Magnitude-Distance and Monte-Carlo Simulation in Probabilistic Seismic Hazard Analysis". A. Azarbakht and M.A. Ebrahimi, The Annals of Geophysics, DOI:10.4401/ag-7886 (2019).

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2. "The Conditional Mean Spectra by Disaggregating the Eta Spectral Shape Indicator". M.A. Mohandesi, A. Azarbakht and M.G. Ashtiany, The Structural Design of Tall and Special Buildings, (2018). [Draft Link]

3. "The dependence of conditional spectra on the choice of target period". A. Azarbakht and A.R. Ghodrati, Scientia Iranica, (2018) 25(1) 1-10. [Draft Link]

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4. "Adaptive Fuzzy C-Mean Clustering of Ground Motion Prediction Equations". A. Azarbakht and Z. Minaee, Journal of Seismology and Earthquake Engineering, (2017) 11(1) 23-33. [Draft Link]

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5. "Development of fragility curves by incorporating new spectral shape indicators and a weighted damage index: case study of steel braced frames in the city of Mashhad, Iran". H. Kazemi, M. Ghafory-Ashtiany, and A. Azarbakht Earthquake Engineering and Engineering Vibration 16(2) 383-395. [Draft Link]

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6. "On the Application of Genetic Programming for New Generation of Ground Motion Prediction Equations". By: M. Mousavi, A. Azarbakht and S. Rahpeyma and A. Farhadi. A book chaper in Handbook of Genetic Programming Applications. Edited by A.H. Gandomi, A.H. Alavi and C. Ryan. Elsevier Publisher, 2015. [Link]

7. "Assessment of the safety margin in the seismic design of foundations based on ASCE/SEI 41-06 standard". A. Azarbakht, A. Analooei and E. Rajabi. Journal of Seismology and Earthquake Engineering, 16(1), 2014. [Draft Link]

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8. "Dependence of Correlations between Spectral Accelerations at Multiple Periods on Magnitude and Distance". A. Azarbakht, M. Mousavi, M. Nourizadeh and M. Shahri. Earthquake Engineering and Structural Dynamics, DOI: 10.1002/eqe.2393. [Draft Link]

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9. "Reliable estimation of the mean annual frequency of collapse by considering ground motion spectral shape effects". A. Azarbakht, M. Shahri, M. Mousavi. Bulletin of Earthquake Engineering, DOI 10.1007/s10518-014-9651-8. [Draft Link]

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10. "A new methodology for assessment the stability of Ground Motion Prediction Equations". A. Azarbakht, S. Rahpeyma and M. Mousavi. Bullitin of Seimological Society of America, 104(3) p. 1447-1457. [Draft Link]

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11. "Test of goodness of the NGA ground motion equation to predict strong-motions of the 2012 Ahar-Varzaghan dual earthquakes in north-west of Iran". M. Mousavi, H. Zafarani, S. Rahpeyma and A. Azarbakht. Bullitin of Seimological Society of America, DOI: 10.1785/0120130302. [Draft Link]

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12. "Seismic Risk Assessment of the 3rd Azerbaijan Gas Pipeline in Iran". M. Mousavi, M. Hesari, A. Azarbakht. Natural Hazards, DOI 10.1007/s11069-014-1244-y. [Draft Link]

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13. "A new Peak-Ground-Acceleration prediction model by using genetic optimization techniques for Iran’s plateau database". S. Rahpeyma, A. Azarbakht and M. Mousavi. Journal of Seismology and Earthquake Engineering, 15(3) p153-170 (2013). [Draft Link]

14. "Ground motion record simulation for structural analysis by consideration of spectral acceleration autocorrelation pattern". A. Azarbakht, M. Sadeghi and M. Mousavi. Earthquake Engineering and Engineering Vibration (2014) 13: 195-202. [Draft Link]

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15. "Application of Genetic Algorithms in Ground Motion Selection for Seismic Analysis". By: A. Azarbakht and M. Mousavi. A book chaper in Metaheuristic applications in structures and infrastructures. Edited by A.H. Gandomi, X.S. Yang, S.Talatahari amd A.H. Alavi. Elsevier Publisher, 2013. [Link]

16. "Estimating the annual probability of failure using improved PROGRESSIVE INCREMENTAL DYNAMIC ANALYSIS". Kayhani H., Azarbakht A., Ghafory-Ashtiany M. Structural design of Tall and Special buildings journal, 22, 1279–1295, 2013. [Draft Link]

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17. "Influence of concrete behaviour modelling on nonlinear response of oscillators". A. Azarbakht, F. Masoomian. International Journal of Earthquake Engineering & Hazard Mitigation, 1(1), 1-7, 2013. [Draft Link]

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18. "The Conditional Mean Spectrum Based on the Robust Regression Analysis". M. Nourizadeh, M. Mousavi, A. Azarbakht International Journal of Earthquake Engineering & Hazard Mitigation, 2(1), 2014. [Draft Link]

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19. "Seismic Performance of Reinforced Concrete Shear Wall Frames Considering Soil-Foundation-Structure Interaction". S. Marzban, M. Banazadeh and A. Azarbakht. Structural design of Tall and Special buildings journal, 23, 302–318, 2014. [Draft Link]

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20. "A Challenge in Seismic Vulnerability Assessment of Un-Reinforced Masonry Buildings Based on Static Procedure of Iranian Instruction for Seismic Rehabilitation of Existing Buildings (Standard No. 360)". [Paper in Persian]. Alireza Azarbakht and Ebrahim Fadaee. Iranian Journal of Building Stability, 1(3), 41-47, 2013. [Draft Link]

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21. "Effect of epsilon-based record selection on fragility curves of typical irregular steel frames with concrete shear walls in Mashhad city". H. Kazemi, M.G. Ashtiany, and A. Azarbakht. International Journal of Advanced Structural Engineering, 5(23), 1-11, 2013. [Draft Link]

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22. "Effects of the Soil-Foundation-Structure Interaction on the Component Demand Modifier Factor of Concrete Gravity Beams based on ASCE 41-06 Standard". Alireza Azarbakht and Elham Rajabi. Journal of Structural Engineering and Geotechnics, 2 (1), 1-11, Summer 2012. [Draft Link]

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23. "Discussion of "Accounting for Ground-Motion Spectral Shape Characteristics in Structural Collapse Assessment through an Adjustment for Epsilon". by Haselton CB; Baker JW; Liel AB; and Deierlein GG." Azarbakht A., Moosavi M. ASCE Journal of Structural Engineering, DOI: 10.1061/ (ASCE)ST.1943-541X.0000489, 2012. [Draft Link]

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24. "The exact and approximate conditional spectra in the multi-seismic-sources regions". Hossein Ebrahimian, Alireza Azarbakht, Armin Tabandeh and Ali Akbar Golafshani. Soil Dynamics and Earthquake Engineering, 39(61-77), 2012. [Draft Link]

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25. "Adjustment of the seismic collapse fragility curves of structures by considering the ground motion spectral shape effects". Alireza Azarbakht, Mehdi Mousavi and Mohsen Ghafory Ashtiany. journal of Eathquake Engineering, 16(8), 1095-1112, 2012. [Draft Link]

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26. "Selection of ground motion prediction models for seismic hazard analyzes in Zagros region, Iran". Mehdi Mousavi, Anooshirvan Ansari, Hamid Zaferani and Alireza Azarbakht. journal of Eathquake Engineering, 16(8), 1184-1207, 2012. [Draft Link]

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27. "E-CMS: A new design spectrum for nuclear structures in high levels of seismic hazard". Mehdi Mousavi, Mohamadreza Shahri and Alireza Azarbakht. Nuclear Engineering and Design, 252(2012), 27-33. [Draft Link]

28. "Progressive incremental dynamic analysis for first-mode dominated structures. Azarbakht". A., Dolsek M. ASCE Journal of Structural Engineering, 137(3) 445-455, DOI: 10.1061/(ASCE)ST. 1943-541X.0000282, 2011. [Draft Link]

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29. "Strong ground motion record selection for the reliable prediction of the mean seismic collapse capacity of structures". Ghafory Ashtiany M., Mousavi M., Azarbakht A., Earthquake Engineering and Structural Dynamics, DOI: 10.1002/eqe, 2011. [Draft Link]

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30. "A new indicator of elastic spectral shape for reliable selection of ground motion records". Mousavi M., Ghafory Ashtiany M., Azarbakht A, Earthquake Engineering and Structural Dynamics, (Published Online) DOI:10.1002/eqe.1096, 2011. [Draft Link]

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31. "Prediction of the median IDA curve by employing a limited number of ground motion records". Azarbakht A., Dolsek M., Earthquake Engineering and Structural Dynamics, DOI: 10.1002/eqe.740, 2007. [Draft Link]

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