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 0-6652) Spliced TX Girder Bridges
Principal Investigator: Oguzhan Bayrak

(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

(TxDOT 0-6816) Partial Depth Precast Concrete Deck Panels on Curved Bridges
Principal Investigator: Todd Helwig

(TxDOT 0-6831) End Region Behavior of Pretensioned Concrete Beams with 0.7-inch Prestressing Strands
Principal Investigator: Oguzhan Bayrak

(CPF) Defining Structural Acceptable Properties of High-Strength Steel Bars through Material and Column Testing
Principal Investigator: Wassim Ghannoum

Structural Steel

(TxDOT 0-6829) Fatigue Resistance and Reliability of High Mast illumination Poles with Pre-existing Cracks
Principal Investigator: Michael Engelhardt

(TxDOT 0-6719) Strengthening Continuous Steel Girders with Post-Installed Shear Connectors
Principal Investigator: Michael Engelhardt

(TxDOT 0-6785) Extending Use of Elastomeric Bearings to Higher Demand Applications
Principal Investigator: Todd Helwig

(NSF) NEESR Planning: The Role of Gravity Framing in the Seismic Performance of Steel Buildings
Principal Investigator: Michael Engelhardt