Student working on a research project.

Understanding Properties Of Strands Used In Low Seismic Damage Bridges

A special use of high strength steel strands is in low seismic damage reinforced concrete structures. This research investigates the behavior of these strands under cyclic loading and boundary conditions they are exposed to in real structures. The work will involve preparing test specimens of varying properties, testing these specimens and analyzing test data. Students will gain skills in experimental research and data analysis. The results will help engineers understand the safe strength and displacement limits of the material and how to design these strands efficiently.

Research Project Information

Disciplines: civil engineering, mechanical engineering, material science
Student Skill-Set Needed: Ability to work independently, ability to spend uninterrupted time (at least 2 hours at a time) in the lab, strong organizational skills, haven taken structures courses is a plus
Compensation: Academic Credit, Volunteer
Available: Fall, Spring, Summer


For further information on this opportunity, or to apply, contact:

Faculty Member: Pinar Okumus
Title: Assistant Professor
Department: Civil, Structural And Environmental Engineering
Office: 222 Ketter Hall
Phone: 716 645 4356