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Biography

Since my appointment as Research Associate in the Discipline of Civil, Surveying and Environmental Engineering, working in conjunction with Professor Adrian Page, several key milestones have been set in the fields of masonry bond and thermal performance of masonry. The research in these areas has been experimental in nature, requiring the development of specialised techniques and strategies. The resultant work has proved unique, attracting the attention of overseas and local academics.

This success has been instrumental in receiving several industry and ARC funded grants as detailed in the next section. My major achievements are outlined as follows:

  • Invited paper RILEM Workshop, Mantova, Italy

As recognition of the work being carried out in the field of masonry bond strength, I was invited by the RILEM technical Committee for Site Control and Non-Destructive Evaluation of Masonry Structures and Materials to present the research findings at the Mantova, Workshop in 2001.

  • Establishment of a Guarded Hot-Box Facility (GHB)

This is a laboratory test facility used to measure the thermal properties of full-scale building assemblies. The facility has been designed and constructed completely in-house and, at this time, is the only facility in Australia. The GHB apparatus complies with relevant ASTM specifications.

  • Building Modules for Evaluating the Thermal Performance of Masonry

Four purpose built modules have been constructed at the Callaghan campus to measure the thermal performance of masonry walling systems and other building envelope components. The modules are fully instrumented and monitored continuously. The data from these building has been crucial for the masonry industry and has now been used by the AGO for the validation of the second generation energy simulation software developed by CSIRO. A protocol for monitoring buildings has been adopted by the AGO based on the Newcastle University test modules.

  • Establishment of a Roof Testing Facility

This test facility is under construction. It will be used to directly compare the thermal performance of six roofing materials under actual weather conditions. Measurements will include UV-VIS & IR reflectance, surface and air temperatures of roof membranes and attic spaces and, resultant through-ceiling heat flux. This facility is similar to that developed at the Lawrence Berkeley Laboratories in the USA.

  • Australian Greenhouse Office

The research into the thermal performance of masonry has attracted the attention of the AGO and resulted in a large consulting project between TUNRA and the AGO.

In addition, the AGO convened a meeting of all interested researchers in the building energy field, at a national level, to showcase the work being carried out at the University of Newcastle.

The above achivements have all been attained through setting up small and large scale experments (small sized buildings). This has been an extremely time consuming excercise. This large workload together with the need to produce frequent industry reports has impacted on my available time to dedicate to journal papers. However. these circumstances have recenlty changed by additional industry funding for employment of technical support staff.

Qualifications

  • PhD, University of Newcastle, 30/03/2001
  • Bachelor of Business / Bachelor of Laws, NSW Institute of Technology
  • Master of Science, University of Technology Sydney

Research

Research keywords

  • Materials
  • Thermal Performance

Research expertise

I have etensive expertise in materials characterization techniques, XRD, SEM and DTA/TGA. Also over the last 5 years I have set up an experimental facility to assess the thermal performance of building systems. This is both laboratory based, via the construction and commissioning a Guarded Hot Box apparatus and, full-scale with the construction of 4 full-scale test modules which are exposed to external conditions. As a result of receiving further industry support, a test facility is also being commissioned, to evaluate the thermal performance of roofs. The success of this research has been recognised by several industry and government authorities

Languages

  • Spanish

Fields of Research

CodeDescriptionPercentage
091500Interdisciplinary Engineering40
120299Building Not Elsewhere Classified30
090400Chemical Engineering30

Memberships

Committee/Associations (relevant to research).

  • Invited Guest - Think Brick Australia Technical Committee

Invitations

RILEM Technical Committe 177MDT
RILEM, Italy (Conference Presentation - non published.)
2001

Teaching

Teaching keywords

  • Engineering Materials

Teaching expertise

Whilst at UTS I have lectured engineering materials and advanced ceramics courses. In my current position at U of N, I have supervised over 15 final year project students, 1 MSc student and assisted several Ph. D candidates.

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Highlighted Publications

For publications that are currently unpublished or in-press, details are shown in italics.

YearCitationAltmetricsLink
2001Sugo HO, Page AW, Lawrence S, 'Small-scale Direct Tension Test for the Determination of Bond Strength and Mortar Microstructure in Masonry', Proceedings of the International Rilem Workshop on Site Control and Non Destructive Evaluation of Masonry - Structures and Material, Milan (2001) [E2]
2005Sugo HO, Page AW, Moghtaderi B, 'The Study Of Heat Flows In Masonry Walls In A Thermal Test Building Incorporating A Window', 10th Canadian Masonry Symposium, Banff, Canada (2005) [E1]
2005Lawrence S, Sugo HO, Page AW, 'Masonry Bond Strength And The Effects Of Supplementary Cementitious Materials', Australian Stuctural Engineering Conference : ASEC 2005 : 11-14 September 2005, Newcastle City Hall, Newcastle, NSW, Australia. Program & abstract book, Newcastle, Australia (2005) [E1]
2001Sugo HO, Page AW, Lawrence S, 'The Influence of Air Entraining Agent on Bond Strength and Mortar Microstructure', Proceedings of the 6th Australasian Masonry Conference, Adelaide (2001) [E1]

Publications

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Journal article (8 outputs)

YearCitationAltmetricsLink
2014Hasan MM, Sugo H, Kisi EH, 'Low temperature synthesis of rare-earth hexaborides for solar energy conversion', MATEC Web of Conferences, 13 (2014)
2013Sugo H, Kisi E, Cuskelly D, 'Miscibility gap alloys with inverse microstructures and high thermal conductivity for high energy density thermal storage applications', Applied Thermal Engineering, 51 1345-1350 (2013) [C1]
2013Hasan M, Sugo H, Kisi E, 'Low temperature carbothermal and boron carbide reduction synthesis of LaB6', Journal of Alloys and Compounds, 578 176-182 (2013) [C1]
2009Alasha'Ary HA, Moghtaderi B, Page AW, Sugo HO, 'A neuro-fuzzy model for prediction of the indoor temperature in typical Australian residential buildings', Energy and Buildings, 41 703-710 (2009) [C1]
2008Luo C, Moghtaderi B, Sugo HO, Page AW, 'A new stable finite volume method for predicting thermal performance of a whole building', Building and Environment, 43 37-43 (2008) [C1]
2008Lawrence S, Sugo HO, Page AW, 'Masonry bond strength and the effects of supplementary cementitious materials', Australian Journal of Structural Engineering, 8 101-114 (2008) [C1]
2008Gregory KE, Moghtaderi B, Sugo HO, Page AW, 'Effect of thermal mass on the thermal performance of various Australian residential constructions systems', Energy and Buildings, 40 459-465 (2008) [C1]
2007Sugo HO, Page AW, Lawrence S, 'Influence of age on masonry bond strength and mortar microstructure', Canadian Journal of Civil Engineering, 34 1422-1442 (2007) [C1]
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Conference (33 outputs)

YearCitationAltmetricsLink
2013Hasan MM, Kisi E, Sugo H, 'Preparation of lanthanum hexaboride cathodes for thermionic energy generation', 2013 International Conference on Informatics, Electronics & Vision (ICIEV 2013), Dhaka (2013) [E1]
2009Page AW, Sugo HO, Hands SA, Moghtaderi B, 'A study of the influence of wall R-value on the thermal characteristics of Australian housing', Building Australia's Future Conference Papers, Gold Coast, QLD (2009) [E1]
2009Sugo HO, Page AW, Moghtaderi B, 'The influence of wall properties on the thermal performance of Australian housing', 11th Canadian Masonry Symposium, Toronto, ONT (2009) [E1]
2008Gregory KE, Moghtaderi B, Sugo HO, Page AW, 'A thermal performance study of common Australian residential construction systems in hypothetical modules', Proceedings of the 14th International Brick & Block Masonry Conference, Sydney, NSW (2008) [E1]
2008Gregory KE, Moghtaderi B, Page AW, Sugo HO, 'Assessment of thermal performance of two masonry walling designs for housing using a combined theoretical and experimental approach', CCESD-II: 2nd Canadian Conference on Effective Design of Structures: Sustainability of Civil Engineering Structures, Hamilton, ONC (2008) [E1]
2008Alasha'Ary HA, Moghtaderi B, Page AW, Sugo HO, 'Application of neuro-fuzzy model to evaluate the thermal performance of typical Australian residential masonry buildings - II', CCESD-II: 2nd Canadian Conference on Effective Design of Structures: Sustainability of Civil Engineering Structures, Hamilton, ONC (2008) [E1]
2008Sugo HO, Hands SA, Page AW, 'Thermal performance of Australian masonry housing - Heating/cooling demands under spring conditions', Proceedings of the 14th International Brick & Block Masonry Conference, Sydney, NSW (2008) [E1]

Co-authors: Adrian Page

2008Lawrence S, Testone T, Sugo HO, Page AW, 'An investigation of factors affecting the durability of masonry mortar', Proceedings of the 14th International Brick & Block Masonry Conference, Sydney, NSW (2008) [E1]
2008Simundic G, Sugo HO, Page AW, Lawrence S, 'Preliminary assessment of correlation between mortar hardness and brick masonry strength', On Site Assessment of Concrete, Masonry and Timber Structures SACoMaTiS 2008: Proceedings of the First International RILEM Symposium, Varenna, Italy (2008) [E2]
2008Masia MJ, Totoev YZ, Page AW, Sugo HO, 'Conference Editors', Proceedings of the 14th International Brick & Block Masonry Conference, Sydney, NSW (2008) [E4]
2007Sugo HO, Page AW, Moghtaderi B, 'The thermal performance of cavity brick and brick veneer test modules containing a window', Proceedings - Tenth North American Masonry Conference, St. Louis, Missouri (2007) [E1]
2007Sugo HO, Page AW, Inglis CM, 'Thermal performance studies at The University of Newcastle', Solar07: ANZSES Australian and New Zealand Solar Energy Society. Conference Proceedings, Alice Springs, NT (2007) [E1]

Co-authors: Adrian Page

2007Luo C, Moghtaderi B, Sugo HO, Page AW, 'Time lags and decrement factors under air-conditioned and free-floating conditions for multi-layer materials', 10th International Building Performance Simulation Association Conference and Exhibition-Building Simulation 2007. Proceedings, Beijing, China (2007) [E1]
2006Luo C, Moghtaderi B, Sugo HO, Page AW, 'The Verification of Finite Volume Based Thermal Performance Software using Analytical Solutions and Measurements', Proceedings of the IBPSA Australasia 2006 Conference, Adelaide (2006) [E2]
2005Sugo HO, Page AW, Moghtaderi B, 'The Study Of Heat Flows In Masonry Walls In A Thermal Test Building Incorporating A Window', 10th Canadian Masonry Symposium, Banff, Canada (2005) [E1]
2005Lawrence S, Sugo HO, Page AW, 'Masonry Bond Strength And The Effects Of Supplementary Cementitious Materials', Australian Stuctural Engineering Conference : ASEC 2005 : 11-14 September 2005, Newcastle City Hall, Newcastle, NSW, Australia. Program & abstract book, Newcastle, Australia (2005) [E1]
2004Page AW, Sugo HO, Lawrence S, 'The Influence Of Cement Type, Age And Curing Conditions On Masonry Bond Strength', Proceedings of the 7th Australasian Masonry Conference, Newcastle, Australia (2004) [E1]
2004Bosiljkov VB, Sugo HO, Page AW, Lawrence S, 'The Influence Of Cement Replacement Materials On The Flexural Bond Strength Of Masonry', Proceedings of the 13th Internatonal Brick/Block Masonry Conference, Amsterdam (2004) [E1]
2004Page AW, Moghtaderi B, Sugo HO, 'A Comparative Study Of The Thermal Performance Of Cavity And Brick Veneer Construction', Proceedings of the 13th Internatonal Brick/Block Masonry Conference, Amsterdam (2004) [E1]
2004Testone T, Sugo HO, Page AW, Lawrence S, 'A Study Of Mortar Durability Using The Scratch Test', Proceedings of the 13th Internatonal Brick/Block Masonry Conference, Amsterdam (2004) [E1]
2004Testone T, Sugo HO, Page AW, Lawrence S, 'A Study On Factors Affecting Mortar Durability Using The Scratch Test - Preliminary Results', Proceedings of the 7th Australasian Masonry Conference, Newcastle, Australia (2004) [E1]
2004Sugo HO, Page AW, Moghtaderi B, 'Experimental Study Of The Thermal Performance Of Australian Masonry Housing - An Overview', Proceedings of the 7th Australasian Masonry Conference, Newcastle, Australia (2004) [E1]
2003Page AW, Sugo HO, Lawrence S, 'The Influence Of Blended Cements On Masonry Bond Strength - An Ongoing Study', Proceedings of the International Conference On Performance Of Construction Materials In The New Millenium (ICPCM), Cairo, Egypt (2003) [E1]
2003Clark MJ, Sugo HO, Page AW, 'Thermal Performance Of Australian Masonry Housing - A Preliminary Study', Ninth North American Masonry Conference, Clemson, South Carolina, United States (2003) [E2]

Co-authors: Adrian Page

2001Sugo HO, Page AW, Lawrence S, 'The Influence of Air Entraining Agent on Bond Strength and Mortar Microstructure', Proceedings of the 6th Australasian Masonry Conference, Adelaide (2001) [E1]
2001Totoev YZ, Page AW, Sugo HO, 'Experimental Identification of Moisture Transport Parameters for Brick and Mortar', Proceedings of the 9th Canadian Masonry Symposium, New Brunswick, Canada (2001) [E1]
2001Sugo HO, Page AW, Lawrence S, 'The Development of Mortar/Unit Bond', Proceedings of the 6th Australasian Masonry Conference, Adelaide (2001) [E1]
2001Sugo HO, Page AW, Lawrence S, 'Small-scale Direct Tension Test for the Determination of Bond Strength and Mortar Microstructure in Masonry', Proceedings of the International Rilem Workshop on Site Control and Non Destructive Evaluation of Masonry - Structures and Material, Milan (2001) [E2]
2000Sugo HO, Page AW, Lawrence SJ, 'A Study of Bond Strength and Mortar Microstructure Developed Using Masonry Cement', 12th International Masonry Conference, Proceedings, Madrid, Spain (2000) [E2]

Co-authors: Adrian Page

1999Totoev YZ, Sugo HO, 'Finite element modeling of moisture transport through the brick-mortar interface', Proceedings of the 16th Australasian Conference on the Mechanics of Structures and Materials, Sydney, Australia (1999) [E1]

Co-authors: Yuri Totoev

1999Sugo HO, Page AW, Lawrence S, 'Improving the bond strength of mortars overdosed with air entraining agents', Proceedings the Eighth North American Masonry Conference, Austin, Texas, USA (1999) [E1]
1998Sugo HO, Page AW, Lawrence SJ, 'The Influence of Lime and Methyl Cellulose on the Microstructure and Bond Strength of Mortars in Combination with Calcium Silicate Units', Proceedings of the 8th Canadian Masonry Symposium, Jasper, Alberta, Canada (1998) [E1]

Co-authors: Adrian Page

1998Sugo HO, Page AW, Lawrence SJ, 'Influence of Age on Bond Strength and Mortar Microstructure in Clay Brickwork', Proceedings of the 5th Australasian Masonry Conference, Gladstone, Queensland, Australia (1998) [E1]

Co-authors: Adrian Page

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Grants and Funding

Summary

Number of grants19
Total funding$2,027,440

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2014 (1 grants)

High Energy Density - High Delivery Rate Thermal Energy Storage$20,000
Funding Body: University of Newcastle

Project Team
Professor Erich Kisi, Doctor Thomas Fiedler, Doctor Heber Sugo
SchemeRole
Near Miss GrantInvestigator
Total AmountFunding StartFunding Finish
$20,00020142014
GNo:G1301384

2012 (4 grants)

2011 Emerging Research Leaders Program$15,000
Funding Body: University of Newcastle

Project Team
Doctor Heber Sugo
SchemeRole
Emerging Research Leaders ProgramChief Investigator
Total AmountFunding StartFunding Finish
$15,00020122012
GNo:G1201059

Field emission properties of Mn+1AXn phases$10,000
Funding Body: University of Newcastle - Faculty of Engineering & Built Environment

Project Team
Professor Erich Kisi, Doctor Heber Sugo
SchemeRole
Pilot GrantInvestigator
Total AmountFunding StartFunding Finish
$10,00020122012
GNo:G1200355

Energy harvesting using ferroic and multi-ferroic materials$7,000
Funding Body: CSIRO - Energy Technology

Project Team
Professor Erich Kisi, Doctor Heber Sugo
SchemeRole
Research GrantInvestigator
Total AmountFunding StartFunding Finish
$7,00020122012
GNo:G1200006

Multiple AINSE Awards for 2012$2,678
Funding Body: AINSE (Australian Institute of Nuclear Science & Engineering)

Project Team
Professor Erich Kisi, Doctor Chris Wensrich, Doctor Heber Sugo
SchemeRole
AINSE AwardInvestigator
Total AmountFunding StartFunding Finish
$2,67820122012
GNo:G1201002

2010 (1 grants)

Fabrication of Thermionic Devices Using Directional Solidification/Sintering Processes for High Temperature CST Applications$515,359
Funding Body: Australian Renewable Energy Agency (ARENA)

Project Team
Professor Erich Kisi, Doctor Heber Sugo
SchemeRole
R & D Project (Basic) (ASI)Investigator
Total AmountFunding StartFunding Finish
$515,35920102013
GNo:G0900086

2009 (3 grants)

Electron Microscopes for Nanometer-scale Imaging/Microanalysis in the Materials, Biological, Physical, Engineering and Chemical Sciences$650,000
Funding Body: ARC (Australian Research Council)

Electron Microscopes for Nanometer-scale Imaging/Microanalysis in the Materials, Biological, Physical, Engineering and Chemical Sciences$70,000
Funding Body: ARC (Australian Research Council)

Thermal Performance of Tiles and Steel Roofing Materials$55,000
Funding Body: Roofing Tile Association of Australia Inc

Project Team
Doctor Heber Sugo
SchemeRole
Research GrantChief Investigator
Total AmountFunding StartFunding Finish
$55,00020092010
GNo:G0190610

2006 (1 grants)

Thermal Performance of Housing - Assessment of the Thermal Characteristics of Roofing Materials$153,500
Funding Body: Roofing Tile Association of Australia Inc

Project Team
Emeritus Professor Adrian Page, Doctor Heber Sugo
SchemeRole
Research GrantInvestigator
Total AmountFunding StartFunding Finish
$153,50020062007
GNo:G0186996

2005 (1 grants)

10th Canadian Masonry Symposium, 8-12 June 2005$2,315
Funding Body: University of Newcastle

Project Team
Doctor Heber Sugo
SchemeRole
Travel GrantChief Investigator
Total AmountFunding StartFunding Finish
$2,31520052005
GNo:G0185550

2004 (4 grants)

Experimental Modelling of Masonry buildings Thermal Performance$70,668
Funding Body: ARC (Australian Research Council)

Project Team
Professor Behdad Moghtaderi, Emeritus Professor Adrian Page, Doctor Heber Sugo, Ms C Inglis
SchemeRole
Linkage ProjectsInvestigator
Total AmountFunding StartFunding Finish
$70,66820042006
GNo:G0184245

Experimental Modelling of Masonry buildings Thermal Performance$15,000
Funding Body: Clay Brick and Paver Institute

Project Team
Professor Behdad Moghtaderi, Emeritus Professor Adrian Page, Doctor Heber Sugo
SchemeRole
Linkage Projects Partner fundingInvestigator
Total AmountFunding StartFunding Finish
$15,00020042006
GNo:G0184895

13th International Brick/Block Masonry Conference, 4 - 7 July 2004, Holland$2,400
Funding Body: University of Newcastle

Project Team
Doctor Heber Sugo
SchemeRole
Travel GrantChief Investigator
Total AmountFunding StartFunding Finish
$2,40020042004
GNo:G0184295

The influence of exposure environment on brick-to-mortar bond strength - A preliminary study using impedance spectroscopy.$1,120
Funding Body: AINSE (Australian Institute of Nuclear Science & Engineering)

Project Team
Doctor Heber Sugo
SchemeRole
Use of Facilities OnlyChief Investigator
Total AmountFunding StartFunding Finish
$1,12020042004
GNo:G0183638

2003 (3 grants)

The development of a hybrid energy simulation model for masonry enclosures$240,000
Funding Body: ARC (Australian Research Council)

Project Team
Emeritus Professor Adrian Page, Professor Behdad Moghtaderi, Doctor Heber Sugo, Ms C Inglis
SchemeRole
Linkage ProjectsInvestigator
Total AmountFunding StartFunding Finish
$240,00020032006
GNo:G0182783

The development of a hybrid energy simulation model for masonry enclosures$75,000
Funding Body: Clay Brick and Paver Institute

Project Team
Emeritus Professor Adrian Page, Professor Behdad Moghtaderi, Doctor Heber Sugo
SchemeRole
Linkage Projects Partner fundingInvestigator
Total AmountFunding StartFunding Finish
$75,00020032005
GNo:G0182784

9th North American Masonry Conference, Clemson, South Carolina 1-4 June, 2003.$2,400
Funding Body: University of Newcastle

Project Team
Doctor Heber Sugo
SchemeRole
Travel GrantChief Investigator
Total AmountFunding StartFunding Finish
$2,40020032003
GNo:G0183082

2002 (1 grants)

Investigation of factors affecting durability of masonry mortar.$120,000
Funding Body: Cement Concrete and Aggregates Australia

Project Team
Emeritus Professor Adrian Page, Doctor Heber Sugo
SchemeRole
Research GrantInvestigator
Total AmountFunding StartFunding Finish
$120,00020022005
GNo:G0182527
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Research Supervision

Number of current supervisions4
Total current UoN Masters EFTSL0.5
Total current UoN PhD EFTSL1.2

For supervisions undertaken at an institution other that the University of Newcastle, the institution name is listed below the program name.

Current Supervision

CommencedProposed
Completion
ProgramSupervisor TypeResearch Title
20142016M Philosophy (Mechanical Eng)Co-SupervisorDevelopment of a Thermionic Collector for Concentrated Solar Thermal Energy
20132017PhD (Mechanical Engineering)Co-SupervisorModelling and Application of Advanced Thermal Storage Materials
20122016PhD (Mechanical Engineering)Co-SupervisorThermionic Emission from MAX Phase
20112014PhD (Mechanical Engineering)Principal SupervisorSynthesis and Thermionic Properties of Oxide-Tungsten Composites and Boride Materials for Solar Thermionic Energy Converter

Past Supervision

YearProgramSupervisor TypeResearch Title
2010PhD (Chemical Engineering)Co-SupervisorSmart Utilisation of Thermal Mass in Masonry Buildings
2006M Eng (Civil Surv & Env) [R]Co-SupervisorThe Influence of Material and Site Factors on Mortar Durability
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Dr Heber Sugo

Work Phone(02) 4921 7048
Fax(02) 4921 6946
Email
PositionResearch Associate
Discipline of Mechanical Engineering and Mechatronics. School of Engineering
School of Engineering
Faculty of Engineering and Built Environment
The University of Newcastle, Australia
Focus AreaEnvironmental Engineering
Office
ES316,
ES,
Callaghan
University Drive
Callaghan NSW 2308
Australia
URL:www.newcastle.edu.au/profile/heber-sugo