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Francis T.K. Au

Francis T.K. Au

Professor and Head, Department of Civil Engineering
The University of Hong Kong
Hong Kong, China


Francis T.K. Au obtained his B Sc(Eng) degree with first class honours, M Sc(Eng) degree with distinction and Ph.D. degree from The University of Hong Kong. He joined Maunsell Consultants Asia as an engineer upon graduation with his first degree, where he was involved in new town projects, highway projects as well as marine engineering projects. He returned to the University of Hong Kong in 1988 after having 7 years of practical experience in the industry. He is engaged in research in bridge engineering and concrete structures. He has been involved in various projects, including the structural health monitoring system of the Lantau Fixed Crossing, vibration tests of Ting Kau Bridge, road surface failure on bridges, development of bridge design software and shrinkage problems of large podium structures. He was the recipient of HKIE Transactions Prize 2002 (Civil), Best Teacher Award 2003-04, Faculty of Engineering, HKU, OVM Paper Award for Prestressing 2009 (Class 1) of China Civil Engineering Society and OVM Paper Award for Prestressing 2012 (Class 2) of China Civil Engineering Society.

Research Interest

Professor Francis T.K. Au' research interests include:

● Bridge structures
● Vehicle-bridge interaction
● Temperature distribution in bridges
● In situ stitches of segmental bridges
● Concrete structures
● Beam-column joints
● Time-dependent behaviour
● Prestressed concrete bridges with corrugated steel webs
● Structural fire performance of post-tensioned flat slabs