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Structural engineering is one of the many disciplines of Civil Engineering. Structural engineering focuses on the response of structures to applied loads. The University of Arkansas has an active research program in several areas of structural engineering, structural health monitoring, field instrumentation, bond and development length of prestressing strand, concrete materials and mixture proportioning, numerical modeling, wind engineering, airport safety, and airport runway/aircraft compatibility.

Micah Hale, Ph.D.

Research focus: prestressed concrete including strand bond and prestress losses. Additional focus areas include concrete materials and concrete mixture proportioning

Ernie Heymsfield, Ph.D.

Research focus: airport safety, airport runway/aircraft compatibility, and numeric modeling

Gary Prinz, Ph.D.

Research focus: seismic design and retrofit solutions for steel structures, mechanics and simulation of ductile fracture, high and low-cycle fatigue of materials and components, and computer simulation of structures under dynamic loads.

Panneer Selvam, Ph.D.

Research focus: Tornado forces on building and bridge aerodynamics. Uses computational wind engineering, fluid structure interaction modeling and damage documentation from field. Also involved in computational mechanics, nanomechanics, thermal management for electronics, thermal energy storage and multiphase flow

Nawfal Ahmed

Nawfal Ahmed

Doctoral Candidate
BSCE – University of Badhdad
MSCE – University of Baghdad
Field Observations and Computer Modeling of Tornado-Terrain Interaction and Its Effects on Tornado Damage and Path

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Alhussin Aliwan

Doctoral Candidate
 


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Waleed Almutairi

Master's Candidate
BSCE – Qassim University
Examining the required cement content

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Ali Al-Salman

Doctoral Candidate
MSCE – University of Basrah/Iraq
Properties of Recycled Aggregate Concrete

Bryan Casillas

Bryan Casillas

Master's Candidate
BSCE – University of Arkansas
Cement content in Portland Cement Concrete Pavement

Joseph Daniels

Joseph Daniels III

Doctoral Candidate
BSCE – North Carolina A&T State University
MSCE – University of Arkansas
Development of Anti-Icing Airfield Runway using Heat Resistant Wire and Renewable Energy

Doddridge Davis

Doddridge Davis

Master's Candidate
BSCE – University of Arkansas

Richard Deschenes

Richard Deschenes, Jr.

Doctoral Candidate
BSCE – University of Arkansas
MSCE – University of Arkansas
Mitigation of Alkali-Silica Reaction in Transportation Structures through Surface Treatment

Clovis Desroshers

Clovis Desrochers

Master's Candidate
BSCE – University of Arkansas
Effect of column axial load on reduced beam section moment connections having skew

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Damaso Dominguez

Doctoral Candidate



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Ryan Hagedorn

Master's Candidate
BSCE – University of Arkansas
Impact of Extreme Summer Temperatures on Bridge Structures

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Blandine Mbianda Kemayou

Master's Candidate
BSCE – University of Douala Cameroon
Aero Elastic Analysis of Bridge Deck Sections by FDM Using LES: Improving the Performance through Implementation of Parallel Computing

Brianna Ovuoba

Brianna Ovuoba

Master's Candidate
BSCE – Brigham Young University
On the fatigue capacity of headed shear studs in composite bridge girders

Korey Pough

Korey Pough

Doctoral Candidate
BSAE – North Carolina A&T State University
Resilient repair of bridge infrastructure: developing corrosion resistant fatigue retrofits for steel bridges

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Scott Ragan

Doctoral Candidate



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Matthew Strasser

Doctoral Candidate
BSME – Harding University
MSCE – University of Arkansas
The Aerodynamic and Dynamic Loading of a Slender Structure by an Impacting Vortex: Defining the Influence of Relative Vortex-to-Structure Size on Structure Loading

Matthew Waidner

Matthew Waidner

Master's Candidate
BSCE – University of Arkansas
Predicting Expansion, Identifying Damage, and Determining the Effectiveness of Sealers on Concrete Affected by ASR and Freeze-Thaw Concrete Materials

Evaluation and Repair of Existing Bridges in Extreme Environments

Fatigue of Welded Shear Connectors in Composite Steel Bridge Beams

Towards a Fast Reconstruction Paradigm for Urban Environments in Developing Regions Affected by Natural Disasters

Undergraduate Courses

CVEG 2113 Structural Materials (Sp, Fa)

Production, properties, behavior, and structural applications of concrete, steel, timber, masonry, and plastic. Statistical analysis methods for quality control are also covered. Lecture 2 hours, laboratory 3 hours per week.

  • Pre- or Corequisite: MEEG 3013.
  • Corequisite: Lab component.

CVEG 3304 Structural Analysis (Sp, Fa)

Truss analysis, influence lines for beams and frames, and effects of moving loads. Deformation of beams, frames, and trusses. Analysis of indeterminate structures by moment area, slope deflection, and moment distribution methods; approximate methods of analysis. Lecture 3 hours, laboratory 3 hours per week.

  • Corequisite: Lab component.
  • Prerequisite: MEEG 3013.

CVEG 4303 Reinforced Concrete Design I (Sp, Fa)

Design of reinforced concrete elements with emphasis on ultimate strength design supplemented by working stress design for deflection and crack analysis.

  • Prerequisite: CVEG 2113 and CVEG 3304.

CVEG 4313 Structural Steel Design I (Sp, Fa)

Design of structural steel elements by elastic design the Load and Resistance Factor Design method. Intensive treatment of tension members, beams, columns, and connections.

  • Pre- or Corequisite: CVEG 2113.
  • Prerequisite: CVEG 3304.

CVEG 4323 Design of Structural Systems (Sp)

An overview of the structural design of buildings. Investigates structural design from loading identification through structural analysis and detailing including consideration of fabrication, construction and erection issues.

  • Prerequisites: CVEG 4303 and 4313.

CVEG 4003 CAD & Visualization for Civil Structures (Irregular)

Design process of infrastructures using 3 Dimensional (3D) Computer Aided Design and Engineering visualization with a highway design emphasis. Students produce a digital video for a designed civil structure as a class project. Develop skills in photo matching for placement of designed structures in real environment.

  • Prerequisite: Senior standing.

CVEG 4343 Reinforced Masonry Design (Irregular)

Properties of masonry materials and assemblages. Masonry workmanship and quality control. Design of reinforced masonry elements against gravity and lateral loads. Design of masonry connections and joints. Application to 1- and 2-story buildings.

  • Prerequisite: CVEG 4303.

CVEG 4353 Timber Design (Irregular)

Selection of timber beams, columns, and beam-columns. Physical properties of wood, analysis and design of timber connections. Truss design, glulam members, timber bridge design, treatment for decay, and fire protection.

  • Pre- or Corequisite: CVEG 2113.
  • Prerequisite: CVEG 3304

CVEG 4363 Prestressed Concrete Design (Irregular)

Analysis and design of prestressed concrete flexural sections by working stress and ultimate strength design methods. Flexural behavior, moment-curvature diagrams, draping, anchorage zone design, torsion and shear, deflections, and prestress losses. Design of composite sections and continuous beams.

  • Prerequisite: CVEG 4303.

CVEG 4393 Reinforced Concrete Design II (Irregular)

Shear strength, minimum thickness requirements, and deflection calculations for reinforced concrete structural slabs. Design of one-way and two-way structural slabs by the direct design and equivalent frame methods.

  • Prerequisite: CVEG 4303.

CVEG 4803 Structural Loadings (Irregular)

Theoretical background to and practical code requirements for various structural loadings. These include dead loads, occupancy loads, roof loads and ponding, snow loads, granular loads, vehicular loads, wind loading, and seismic loads.

  • Prerequisite: CVEG 3304 and CVEG 4303 (or CVEG 4313).

CVEG 4831 Structural Design Project (Sp)

Comprehensive engineering design project primarily related to structural issues.

  • Corequisite: CVEG 4323

CVEG 493VH Honors Studies in Structural Engineering (Irregular) (1-6)

The study of advanced topics in the structural engineering field. May include participation in structural engineering courses normally available only to graduate students. Course may be repeated for up to 6 hours total credit with approval of the CVEG honors advisor.

  • Prerequisite: CVEG 3304.

Graduate Courses

CVEG 5313 Matrix Analysis of Structures (Irregular)

Energy and digital computer techniques of structural analysis as applied to conventional forms, space trusses, and frames.
  • Prerequisite: CVEG 3304.

CVEG 5323 Structural Dynamics (Irregular)

Dynamics response of single and multidegree of freedom systems. Modal analysis. Response spectra. Computer programs for dynamic analysis. Design considerations for structures subjected to time-varying forces including earthquake, wind, and blast loads.
  • Prerequisite: CVEG 3304.

CVEG 5343 Highway Bridges (Irregular)

Economics of spans, current design and construction specifications, comparative designs. Possible refinements in design techniques and improved utilization of materials.

  • Prerequisite: CVEG 4313 and CVEG 4303.

CVEG 5353 Advanced Strength of Materials (Irregular)

The course continues from the basic material addressed in the undergraduate mechanics of materials course and investigates in more detail stress analysis as it pertains to civil engineering type problems.  Topics addressed in the course include stress analysis (two-dimensional and three-dimensional), constitutive relationships, solutions for two-dimensional problems, flexure, torsion, beams on elastic foundations, and energy methods.

  • Prerequisite: Graduate standing.

CVEG 5373 Advanced Structural Steel Design (Irregular)

Design of structural steel components using the Load and Resistance Factor Design method. Intensive treatment of simple and eccentric connections, composite construction, plate girders, and plastic analysis and design.

  • Prerequisite: CVEG 4313.

CVEG 5383 Finite Element Methods in Civil Engineering (Irregular)

An understanding of the fundamentals of the finite element method and its application to structural configurations too complicated to be analyzed without computer applications. Application to other areas of civil engineering analysis and design such as soil mechanics, foundations, fluid flow, and flow through porous media.

  • Prerequisite: Graduate standing.

CVEG 5403 Advanced Reinforced Concrete II (Irregular)

Design of circular and rectangular reinforced concrete tanks for fluid and granular loads.

  • Prerequisite: CVEG 4303.

Steel Structures Research Laboratory

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