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Fatigue and Fracture Research Group
 

Descriptions of Current Research Projects


Faculty and Visiting Scholars

Stan Rolfe, Ph.D., P.E.
A.P. Learned Distinguished Professor
Civil, Environmental, and Architectural Engineering
E-Mail: srolfe@ku.edu

Caroline Bennett, Ph.D., P.E.
        Associate Professor       
Civil, Environmental, and Architectural Engineering
E-Mail: crb@ku.edu

Jian Li, Ph.D.
Assistant Professor
Civil, Environmental, and Architectural Engineering
E-Mail: jianli@ku.edu

Adolfo Matamoros, Ph.D.
Professor and Peter T. Flawn Chair
The University of Texas at San Antonio
E-Mail: Adolfo.Matamoros@UTSA.edu

Ron Barrett-Gonzalez, Ph.D.
        Associate Professor       
Aerospace Engineering
E-Mail: barrettr@ku.edu

Elaina J. Sutley , Ph.D.
Assistant Professor
Civil, Environmental, and Architectural Engineering
E-Mail: enjsutely@ku.edu

William Collins, Ph.D.
Associate Professor
Civil, Environmental, and Architectural Engineering
E-Mail: william.collins@ku.edu

Matthew Fadden, Ph.D.
Associate Professor
Civil, Environmental, and Architectural Engineering
E-Mail: matt.fadden@ku.edu

 

The KU research group is led by Professor Stanley T. Rolfe, who has over 40 years of leadership and expertise in the field of fatigue and fracture.  Dr. Rolfe has an extensive research background and considerable practical experience in the application of fracture mechanics to various fatigue and fracture problems.  Dr. Rolfe is a recipient of the ASTM Fracture Mechanics Medal and has published more than 70 technical papers on the topics of fracture and fatigue of steel structures.  Professor Rolfe has written an oft-referenced textbook on Fatigue and Fracture Control in Structures, co-authored by John Barsom of U.S. Steel.  The third edition of this textbook was published in 1999, and is widely considered the authoritative source on fatigue and fracture control in structures. 

Professors Adolfo Matamoros, Caroline Bennett, Ron Barrett-Gonzalez, and Jian Li have extensive experience in experimental research, analytical investigations, high performance materials, and structural health monitoring.  The group has performed numerous studies utilizing linear and nonlinear finite element analyses of steel bridges and other structures.  Drs. Matamoros, Bennett, and Li have sizeable experience in laboratory testing of structural steel members and have successfully conducted numerous field investigations of bridge structures. Professors Matamoros, Bennett, and Barrett-Gonzalez all have substantial expertise with high performance materials, including carbon-fiber reinforced polymers, glass fiber reinforced polymers, high performance steel, and high performance concrete.

Dr. Yaqin Chen is a visiting scholar with the research group during 2014-2015; she is an expert in numerical techniques including applications of wavelet theory.
 


Current Graduate Students in the Fatigue and Fracture Research Group

James Zhou
Ph.D. Student, 2012 - Present

Katie McElrath
Ph.D. Student, 2012 - Present

Danqing Yu
M.S. Student, 2013 - Present

Cheng Chen
M.S. Student, 2013 - Present

Kien Nguyen
Ph.D. Student, 2014 - Present

Hayder Al-Salih
Ph.D Student, 2015 - Present

Graduated Students From Fatigue and Fracture Research Group

Hao Liu, Ph.D.
Graduated, 2015

"A Finite-Element-Based Approach to Modeling Cracking and Repairs for Distortion-Induced Fatigue in Steel Bridges"

Eric Bonet, M.S.
Graduated, 2014

"Utilizing Fiber-Reinforced Polymers to Retrofit Steel Bridge Girders Damaged by Fatigue Loading"

Say Hak Bun, M.S.
Graduated, 2014

"Retrofit Techniques for Distortion-Induced Fatigue Damage in Steel Bridge Girders"

Gary Simmons, M.S., Ph.D.
Graduated, 2013

"Fatigue Enhancement of Undersized, Drilled Crack-Arrest Holes"

Amanda Hartman, Ph.D., 2013
"Analytical and Experimental Investigation for Distortion-Induced Fatigue in Steel Bridges"
Advisor: Caroline Bennett

Jack Przywara, M.S., 2013
"Applications of the Extended Finite Element Method (XFEM) for the Analysis of Distortion-Induced Fatigue Cracking in Highway Bridge Girders"
Co-Advisors: Adolfo Matamoros and Caroline Bennett

Jeff Wheeler, M.S., 2013
"Use of Bolted CFRP Overlay Elements for Fatigue Enhancement of Welded Coverplates in Steel Bridge Girders"
Co-Advisors: Adolfo Matamoros and Caroline Bennett

Daniel Nagati, M.S., 2012
"Repair of Steel Bridge Girders Damaged by Distortion-Induced Fatigue"
Co-Advisors: Adolfo Matamoros and Caroline Bennett

Temple Overman, M.S., 2012
"Analytical Investigation of Repair Methods for Fatigue Cracks in Steel Bridges"
Co-Advisors: Adolfo Matamoros and Caroline Bennett

Regan Gangel, M.S., 2012
"Use of CFRP Overlays to Repair Fatigue Damage in Steel Bridge Girders and Components"
Co-Advisors: Adolfo Matamoros and Caroline Bennett

Fatih Alemdar, Ph.D., 2011
"Repair of Steel Bridge Girders Damaged by Distortion-Induced Fatigue"
Advisor: Adolfo Matamoros

Heidi Hassel, M.S., 2011
"An Analytical Evaluation of Distortion-Induced Fatigue in Steel Bridges"
Advisor: Caroline Bennett

Josh Crain, M.S., 2010
"Fatigue Enhancement of Undersized, Drilled Crack-Stop Holes"
Advisor: Caroline Bennett

Chris Adams, M.S.2010
"Finite Element Study on Bridge Details Susceptible to Distortion-Induced Fatigue"
Advisor: Adolfo Matamoros

Benjamin Kaan, M.S., 2008
"Composite Materials System for Use in Bridge Applications"
Advisor: Caroline Bennett

Ismael Saifan, M.S., 2008
"Improved Fatigue Evaluation of Steel Bridges"
Advisor: Caroline Bennett

Brad Petri, M.S., 2008
"Finite Element Analysis of Steel Welded Coverplate Including Composite Doublers"
Advisor: Adolfo Matamoros

Brian Vilhauer, M.S., 2007
"Fatigue Behavior of Welded Connections Enhanced with UIT and Bolting"
Advisor: Caroline Bennett

 

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