Current Research Studies

The research activities at the Ferguson Structural Engineering Laboratory are funded by the National Cooperative Highway Research Program (NCHRP), National Science Foundation (NSF), National Institute of Standards and Technology (NIST), Texas Department of Transportation (TxDOT), US Army Corps of Engineers (USACE) and various industrial sponsors. Most of the projects include large-scale testing and many include the development of comprehensive analytical models. Research results are used to evaluate the design, behavior, and durability of reinforced and prestressed concrete, structural steel, masonry, and composite structures.

Reinforced and Prestressed Concrete

(TxDOT 0-4562) Corrosion Resistance of Grouted Post-Tensioning Systems
Principal Investigator: John Breen
Project Period: 2005 - 2013

(TxDOT 0-6652) Spliced TX Girder Bridges
Principal Investigator: Oguzhan Bayrak
Project Period: 2010 - 2014

(TxDOT 5-5253-3) Monitoring Stresses and Placing Sweep Control System in Innovative Prestressed, Precast Concrete Arches
Principal Investigator: Todd Helwig
Project Period: 2011 - 2013

(NIST) Development of Rapid, Reliable, and Economical Methods for Inspection and Monitoring of Highway Bridges
Principal Investigator: Sharon Wood
Project Period: 2009 - 2014

(NSF) Behavioral and Analytical Investigations of E-Defense Shaking Table Tests of a RC Structure
Principal Investigator: Wassim Ghannoum
Project Period: 2012 - 2013

(TxDOT 0-6783) Bi-Directional Application of Carbon Fiber Reinforced Polymer (CFRP) with CFRP Anchors for Shear-Strengthening and Design Recommendations/Quality Control Procedures for CFRP Anchors
Principal Investigator: James Jirsa
Project Period: 2012 - 2016

Structural Steel

(DHS) Keeping Our Structures Standing and Our People Alive: The Next 25 Years
Principal Investigator: Eric Williamson
Project Period: 2010 - 2013

(NSF-1031099) Elevated Temperature Performance of Shear Connectors for Composite Beams
Principal Investigator: Michael Engelhardt
Project Period: 2010 - 2013

(NSF-0927819) Creep Buckling of Steel Columns Subjected to Fire
Principal Investigator: Michael Engelhardt
Project Period: 2009 - 2012

(TxDOT 0-6564) Improved Cross Frame Details
Principal Investigator: Todd Helwig
Project Period: 2009 - 2012

(TEES) NEESR-CR: Multi-Scale, Mechanistic Fracture Prediction and Optimal Panel Zone Participation in Steel Moment Frame Buildings
Principal Investigator: Michael Engelhardt
Project Period: 2009 - 2013

Masonry

(NIST) Performance-based Seismic Design Methods and Tools for Reinforced Masonry Shear-Wall Structures
Principal Investigator: Richard Klingner
Project Period: 2010 - 2012

Computational Engineering

(USACE) Develop Anti-Terrorism Planner for Bridges Software
Principal Investigator: Eric Williamson
Project Period: 2010 - 2013

Nondestructive Evaluation (NDE)

(NIST) Development of Air-Coupled Sensing Technology for Rapid Evaluation of Bridge Decks
Principal Investigator: Jinying Zhu
Project Period: 2010 - 2014

(EPRI) Demonstration of an Air Coupled Impact Echo Device for the Inspection of Vertical Concrete Structures
Principal Investigator: Jinying Zhu
Project Period: 2012 - 2013