PhD in Civil Engineering
Associate Professor
Research Area
Research Interests
Bridge dynamics
Earthquake engineering
Engineering analysis and design

PhD, Aristotle University of Thessaloniki

Teaching Activities

CIVL5350 Bridge Engineering (PG level)

CIVL5390/MECH5930 Finite Element Methods (PG level)

CIVL2110 Statics and Dynamics (UG level)

CIVL4370 Computer Methods of Structural Analysis (UG level)

Research Projects

Dimitrakopoulos E.G (PI) (2016) "Reliability of coupled high-speed trains and bridges under earthquakes", UGC(Civil Engineering, Surveying, Building & Construction)

Dimitrakopoulos E.G (PI) (2013) "Seismic Behaviour of Segmental Bridge Bents Rocking on a Rigid Base", UGC(Civil Engineering, Surveying, Building & Construction)

PG Research Position (MPhil or PhD) Available in Civil Engineering, HKUST

Applications are invited for one MPhil or PhD position in the Department of Civil and Environmental Engineering at the Hong Kong University of Science and Technology (HKUST) under the supervision of Dr. Elias Dimitrakopoulos. The overriding goal of this position is to contribute with original experimental, analytical, and numerical research to widen the adoption of bamboo for structural use. The particular focus is on multiple bamboo culms bolted on steel connectors at their ends. For further information, please browse here or send an informal enquiry to Dr. Dimitrakopoulos (

Selected Publications (Journals)

Paraskeva T.S., Pradhan N.P.N., Stoura Ch., Dimitrakopoulos E.G. (2019) "Monotonic loading testing and characterization of new multi-full-culm bamboo to steel connections" Construction and Building Materials (Elsevier), Vol 201; 473-483 (published 20 March 2019) DOI: 10.1016/j.conbuildmat.2018.12.198 (link)

Loong C.N., Chang C.C., Dimitrakopoulos E.G. (2018) "Circuit Nonlinearity Effect on the Performance of an Electromagnetic Energy Harvester-Structure System" Engineering Structures (Elsevier), Vol 173, 449-459 DOI: 10.1016/j.engstruct.2018.06.090 (link)

Giouvanidis A.I., Dimitrakopoulos E.G. (2018) "Rocking amplification and strong-motion duration" Earthquake Engineering and Structural Dynamics (Wiley), Vol 46 (9) 2094-2116, DOI: 10.1002/eqe.3058 (link)

Zeng Q., Dimitrakopoulos E.G. (2018) "Vehicle-Bridge Interaction Analysis Modelling Derailment during Earthquakes" Nonlinear Dynamics (Springer), Vol 93 (4) 2315–2337 DOI: 10.1007/s11071-018-4327-6 (link)

Zeng Q., Stoura Ch., Dimitrakopoulos E.G. (2018) "A Localized Lagrange Multipliers Approach for the Problem of Vehicle-Bridge-Interaction" Engineering Structures (Elsevier),  Vol 168; 82-92 DOI:10.1016/j.engstruct.2018.04.040 (link)

Shi Z., Dimitrakopoulos E.G. (2017) "Comparative evaluation of different simulation methods of deck-abutment pounding in bridges" Engineering Structures,  Vol 148; 514-551 DOI: 10.1016/j.engstruct.2017.06.077 (link)

Paskeva T.S., Grigoropoulos G., Dimitrakopoulos E.G. (2017) "Design and Experimental Verification of Easily Constructible Bamboo Footbridges for Rural Areas" Engineering Structures (Elsevier), Vol 143; 540-548 DOI 10.1016/j.engstruct.2017.04.044 (link)

Giouvanidis A.I., Dimitrakopoulos E.G. (2017) "Seismic Performance of Rocking Frames with Flag-Shaped Hysteretic Behavior" Journal of Engineering Mechanics (ASCE),   Vol 143(5); 04017008 DOI: (link)

Shi Z., Dimitrakopoulos E.G. (2017) " Nonsmooth Dynamics Prediction of Measured Bridge Response Involving Deck-Abutment Pounding" Earthquake Engineering and Structural Dynamics , Vol 46 (9); 1431–1452 DOI: 10.1002/eqe.2863 (link)

Giouvanidis A.I., Dimitrakopoulos E.G. (2016) "Nonsmooth Dynamic Analysis of Sticking Impacts in Rocking Structures" Bulletin of Earthquake Engineering (Springer), Vol 15; 2273–2304 DOI: 10.1007/s10518-016-0068-4 (link)

Dimitrakopoulos E.G., Fung E.D.W. (2016) "Closed-form Rocking Overturning Conditions for a Family of Pulse Ground Motions" Proceedings of the Royal Society A, Vol 472 (2196) DOI: 10.1098/rspa.2016.0662 (link)

Paraskeva T.S., Dimitrakopoulos E.G., Zeng Q. (2016) "Dynamic Vehicle-Bridge Interaction Under Simultaneous Vertical Earthquake Excitation" Bulletin of Earthquake Engineering (Springer) 1-25, 2016, DOI: 10.1007/s10518-016-9954-z (link)

Zeng Q., Yang Y.B., Dimitrakopoulos E.G. (2016) "Dynamic response of high speed vehicles and sustaining curved bridges under conditions of resonance" Engineering Structures (Elsevier), Vol 114, 1 May 2016, Pages 61–74, 4 FEB 2016 DOI 10.1016/j.engstruct.2016.02.006 (link)

Zeng Q., Dimitrakopoulos E.G. (2016) "Seismic Response Analysis of an Interacting Curved Bridge-Train System Under Frequent Earthquakes" Earthquake Engineering and Structural Dynamics (Wiley), published online, 13 JAN 2016 DOI 10.1002/eqe.2699 (link)

Chrysostomou C.Z., Kyriakides N., Papanikolaou V.K., Kappos A.J., Dimitrakopoulos E.G., Giouvanidis A. I (2015) "Vulnerability assessment and feasibility analysis of seismic strengthening of school buildings" Bulletin of Earthquake Engineering (Springer), published online, 30 JUN 2015 DOI 10.1007/s10518-015-9791-5 (link)

Dimitrakopoulos E.G., Paraskeva T.S. (2015) "Dimensionless Fragility Curves for Rocking Response to Near-Fault Excitations" Earthquake Engineering and Structural Dynamics (Wiley), 44(12); 2015-2033, DOI: 10.1002/eqe.2571, (link)

Dimitrakopoulos E.G., Giouvanidis A.I. (2015) "Seismic Response Analysis of the Planar Rocking Frame" Journal of Engineering Mechanics (ASCE),  141 (7), 04015003. (link)

Dimitrakopoulos E.G., Zeng Q. (2015) "A Three-dimensional Dynamic Analysis Scheme for the Interaction between Trains and Curved Railway Bridges" Computers & Structures (Elsevier), vol. 149 43-60,   DOI: 10.1016/j.compstruc.2014.12.002, (link)

DeJong M.J., Dimitrakopoulos E.G. (2014) "Dynamically Equivalent Rocking Structures" Earthquake Engineering and Structural Dynamics (Wiley), 43(10) 1543-1563, DOI: 10.1002/eqe.2410 (link)

Dimitrakopoulos E.G. (2013) "Nonsmooth Analysis of the Impact Between Successive Skew Bridge-segments" Nonlinear Dynamics (Springer), vol. 74 (4), 911-928, DOI: 10.1007/s11071-013-1012-7 (link)

Dimitrakopoulos E.G., DeJong M.J. (2012) "Revisiting the Rocking Block: Closed-form Solutions and Similarity Laws", Proceedings of the Royal Society A,  vol. 468 no. 2144 2294-2318 , DOI: 10.1098/rspa.2012.0026, published 8 August 2012.(link)

Dimitrakopoulos E.G., DeJong M.J. (2012) "Overturning of Retrofitted Rocking Structures Under Pulse-type Excitations"  Journal of Engineering Mechanics (ASCE), 138(8), 963–972 (link)

Dimitrakopoulos E.G. (2011) “Seismic Response Analysis of Skew Bridges with Pounding Deck-Abutment Joints” Engineering Structures (Elsevier), 33 (3), 813-826, DOI: 10.1016/j.engstruct.2010.12.004. (link)

Dimitrakopoulos E.G., Makris N., Kappos A.J. (2011) “Dimensional Analysis of the Earthquake-induced Pounding between Inelastic Structures” Bulletin of Earthquake Engineering (Springer), 9 (2), 561-579, DOI 10.1007/s10518-010-9220-8 (link)

Dimitrakopoulos E.G., Makris N., Kappos A.J. (2010) “Dimensional Analysis of the Earthquake Response of a Pounding Oscillator” Journal of Engineering Mechanics (ASCE), 136(3), 299-310 (link)

Dimitrakopoulos E.G. (2010) “Analysis of a Frictional Oblique Impact Observed in Skew Bridges” Nonlinear Dynamics (Springer), 60, 575-595 (link)

Dimitrakopoulos Ε.G., Makris, N. and Kappos A.J. (2009) “Dimensional Analysis of the Earthquake-induced Pounding between Adjacent Structures” Earthquake Engineering and Structural Dynamics (Wiley), 38 (7), 867-886 (link)

Dimitrakopoulos Ε.G., Kappos A.J. and Makris, N. (2009) “Dimensional Analysis of the Earthquake Response of Yielding and Pounding Structures for Records Without Distinct Pulses” Soil Dynamics and Earthquake Engineering (Elsevier), 29 (7), 1170-1180 (link)

Kappos, A.J. and Dimitrakopoulos, E. G. (2008) “Feasibility of pre-earthquake strengthening of buildings based on cost-benefit and life-cycle cost analysis, with the aid of fragility curves”, Natural Hazards (Springer), 45, 33-54 (link)

Last update (11/7/2018)