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    Current Graduate Students

     

    Matthew Bandelt

    Education: Villanova University - B.S. in Civil Engineering 2010, M.S. in Civil Engineering 2011

    Project: Effective Width and Section Properties of the Girder-Slab® System: Phase II

    Advisor: Dr. Shawn Gross

    Project Description: The Girder-Slab® System is a composite steel and concrete framing system which utilizes precast hollow core concrete slabs and an open-web dissymmetric steel beam.  This study focuses on component testing of the Girder-Slab® system to verify previous full scale test results performed at Villanova.  Additional tests are being performed by varying different design parameters such as steel and grout strength to determine how these parameters affect the system.

    Awards:

    • AISC Education Fellowship

    • NSF Graduate Research Fellowship

    • 2011 ASCE/SEI Student Structural Design Competition - First Place Award

       

     

     

       

     

    Adam Beckmann

    Education: Villanova University - B.S. in Civil Engineering 2010, M.S. in Civil Engineering 2011

    Project: Tensile Capacity of Grouped Anchorage with Overlapping Failure Areas
     

    Advisor: Dr. David Dinehart

    Project Description: Investigate accuracy of ACI code equations pertaining to the tensile capacity of grouped anchorage with overlapping failure surfaces. This study compares predicted values of the CCD method and the cone method to experimental results.

    Awards:

    • 2009-2010 Villanova Undergraduate Summer Research Fellowship

    • 2011 ASCE/SEI Student Structural Design Competition - First Place Award

       

     

     

    Stephen Ernst

    Education: Villanova University - B.S. in Civil Engineering 2010, M.S. in Civil Engineering 2011

    Project: Structural Properties of Alkali-Activated Concrete

    Advisor: Dr. Joseph Yost
    Dr. Aleksandra Radlinska

    Project Description: Stephen is currently researching the structural properties and behavior of alkali activated fly ash concrete (AAFAC). This includes testing under-reinforced, over-reinforced, and shear critical AAFAC beams with comparison to traditional portland cement concrete beams under the same conditions.  The project is funded through an NSF grant looking into using AAFAC in FEMA temporary emergency shelters.

       

     

     

    Jason Riegler

    Education: Temple University - B.S. in Civil Engineering 2009, Villanova University - M.S. in Civil Engineering 2010

    Project: Decorative Concrete Overlay

    Advisor: Dr. Leslie McCarthy
    Dr. Aleksandra Radlinska

    Project Description: The intent of my project is to determine the durability of decorative concrete overlay on transportation infrastructure in terms of strength and exposure to extreme weathering.







     

       

     

     

    Zachary Ells

    Education: Villanova University - B.S. in Civil Engineering 2010, M.S. in Civil Engineering 2011

    Project: Bearing Capacity of Filament Wound Fiber Reinforced Polymer Poles

    Advisor: Dr. Shawn Gross

    Project Description: Filament wound fiber reinforced polymer (FRP) utility poles are designed to resist stronger loads and environmental effects while weighing less and having a longer design life in comparison to older wooden models. This study investigates the bearing capacity of different thicknesses of a composite utility pole provided by Utility Composite Solutions Inc.




     

       

     

     

    Shane B. Moran

    Education: Villanova University - B.S. in Civil Engineering 2010, M.S. in Civil Engineering 2011

    Project: Material Properties of Adobe Blocks Made with Recycled Materials

    Advisor: Dr. Aleksandra Radlinska

    Project Description: Papercrete is a new construction material that is comprised of cement, water and recycled paper.  This material has successfully been used to build homes throughout the Southwestern United States, but little scientific research has been conducted on the topic.  The purpose of this study will be to obtain the strength and thermal resistance properties of papercrete.

    Awards:

    • Tau Beta Pi National Engineering Honor Society

    • Chi Epsilon National Civil Engineering Honor Society

    • 2009 NATGUN Corporation Scholarship

    • 2011 ASCE/SEI Student Structural Design Competition - First Place Award

       

     

     

    Michael Salera

    Education: Villanova University - B.S. in Civil Engineering 2010, M.S. in Civil Engineering 2012

    Project: Fly Ash Activated Concrete
     

    Advisor: Dr. Aleksandra Radlinska and Dr. Joseph Yost

    Project Description: The goal of this project is to use 100% fly ash replacement of cement in concrete.  The Alkali Activated Fly Ash Concrete (AAFAC) will use sodium silicate and sodium hydroxide to from a binder with the fly ash.  The first part of this project used material testing to formulate a proper mix design.  This mix design will then be used to fabricate 9 beams in 3 different states: underreinforced, overreinforced, and shear critical. The main concern will be the use of AAFAC to construct emergency shelters. Missile impact tests will be performed on AAFAC slabs.  The study will look into the material and structural properties of AAFAC and determine the practicality of use in the precast field. 

       

     

     

    Sergio J. Yanez Cart

    Education:Universidad de Santiago de Chile - B.S. in Civil Engineering 2006. Villanova University - Ph.D. in Civil Engineering candidate.

    Project: Seismic Performance of Steel Moment Frames using Cellular Beams

    Advisor: Dr. David Dinehart

    Project Description: I am studying the second phase of an ongoing project. My primary work will be test a cellular beam and get data about the behavior of steel moment frame connections. 4 full scale beam-column connections tests will be evaluated in accordance with qualifying cyclic test set-up requirements. Pin connections assemblies at the top and bottom of the column will be used to approximate inflection points at mid-story level. 2 beams with steel filler plate condition and 2 without, will be tested.

       

     

     

    Zeyn B. Uzman, PE, SE, F.NSPE

    Education: University of Michigan, BSE(CE) 1982, University of Michigan, MSE(CE) 1983

    Project:
    Experimental Evaluation of GFRP Bars as Reinforcement for Cast-in-Place Bridge Decks:
    Low Cycle Fatigue Study: Phase II

    Advisor: Dr. Joseph Yost

    Project Description: The project is the continuation of a study performed by Angela Russo, BSCE ’08,
    MSCE ’09 Villanova University. In this project, the effect of cyclic loading on GFRP reinforcement in bridge
    decks is investigated. The samples model a continuous span condition over three support, similar to that
    found in bridge decks in actual application. The previous study examined the loading condition resulting
    in maximum negative bending over the interior support. 100,000 cycles of loading was applied to the
    samples. This research investigates the affects due to loading creating maximum positive moment in one
    span. Both 100,000 and 2,000,000 cycles are being investigated. 

       

      

     

     

    Timothy Harrington

    Education: Villanova University - B.S. in Civil Engineering 2009, M.S. in Civil Engineering 2011

    Project: Ductile Joist Research, Phase III

    Advisor: Dr. Joseph Yost

    Project Description: Open web steel joists are a common building component used to support roofs, floors, and decks.  This study focuses on developing and testing steel joists that experience ductile failure, characterized by yielding of the tension members prior to buckling of the compression members.  The ultimate goal is to provide a safer, more reliable joist by controlling the primary limit state and offering visual warning prior to failure.

    Awards:

    • 2010 ASCE/SEI Student Design Competition - First Place Award

    • 2008 The Moles President’s Scholarship Recipient

       

     

     

    Christopher Rapone

    Education: Villanova University – B.S. in Civil Engineering 2010, M.S. in Civil Engineering 2012

    Project: Arching Action in Concrete Bridge Decks

    Advisor: Dr. David Dinehart

    Project Description: Chris is currently involved in an Intern-Research Assistantship between Villanova University and AECOM.  This Assistantship combines two summers of interning at AECOM with the traditional research project experience.  This summer Chris worked in AECOM’s Philadelphia office in their Structures Department.  He gained experience reviewing shop drawing and construction submittals.  He also was involved in the design process of a few of the company’s projects.  In addition to the in-office experience, Chris got the opportunity to visit numerous field sites throughout the summer.  As of this point, Chris is investigating the possibility of researching arching action in concrete bridge decks.  This technology, if implemented, would result in the decrease or the total alleviation of the need for reinforcing steel in concrete bridge decks.  This technology is currently being utilized in bridge design by AECOM in Canada and the United Kingdom, but has yet to be incorporated in the United States.  

     

    Awards:

    2008-2009 Villanova Undergraduate Research Fellow

    Tau Beta Pi National Engineering Honor Society

    Chi Epsilon National Civil Engineering Honor Society

    Dean’s Award for Academic Excellence

    MSCE Tuition Scholarship

       

     

    Current Undergraduate Students

     

    Christopher Poppe

    Education: Villanova University - B.S. in Civil Engineering 2011
     

    Project: Behavior of Alkali Activated Fly Ash Concrete Beams

    Advisor: Dr. Aleksandra Radlinska and Dr. Joseph Yost
     

     

       

     

     

    Joseph Shook

    Education: Villanova University - B.S. in Civil Engineering 2012
     

    Project: Shrinkage Properties of Alkali Activated Slag Cements

    Advisor: Dr. Aleksandra Radlinska

     

     

       

     

     

    Michael Miller

    Education: Villanova University - B.S. in Civil Engineering 2011
     

    Project: Optimizing Properties of Alkali Activated Slag Cements

    Advisor: Dr. Aleksandra Radlinska