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Jie Han, Ph.D., P.E., F.ASCE

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RESEARCH INTERESTS

  • Geosynthetic reinforced earth structures (walls, slopes, embankments, foundations, pavements, etc.)
  • Ground improvement (stone columns, deep mixed columns, micropiles, etc.)
  • Buried structures
  • Soil-structure interactions
  • Pile foundations
  • Geomechanics
  • Geomaterials
  • Roadway Engineering
  • Asphalt technology and pavement design
  • Numerical analysis
  • Load Resistance Factor Design (LRFD) in geotechnical engineering

GRANTS

  • Development of Design Method for H2Ri Wicking Fabric in Pavement Structures: Phase II, PI, funded by Tencate, 2019-2021
  • Experimental Evaluation of Performance of A GeoPave System, PI, funded by Presto, 2019-2020
  • Experimental Evaluation of Performance of Concrete-filled Geocell over Subgrade under Static Loading, PI, funded by Presto, 2019-2020
  • Internal Reinforcement of Backfill behind Bridge Abutments to Mitigate Approach Slab Distresses, PI, funded by Kansas Department of Transportation and Terracon Consultants, Inc., 2018-2021
  • Field monitoring of Wicking Geotextile for Moisture Reduction in Pavements, PI, funded by Kansas Department of Transportation and Terracon Consultants, Inc., 2018-2021
  • Evaluation of Cement Modified Soil with Microcracking, PI, funded by Kansas Department of Transportation and Terracon Consultants, Inc., 2017-2019
  • Investigation of Variations in Corrosion Potential in Mechanically Stabilized Earth Backfill due to Migration of Fines, co-PI, funded by Kansas Department of Transportation, 2017-2018
  • Grouting Effects on Performance of Lined, Corroded Steel Pipes, PI, funded by Kansas Department of Transportation, 2016-2018
  • Large Box Study on Granular Base Options for Portland Cement Concrete Pavements, PI, funded by Kansas Department of Transportation, 2016-2018
  • Use of Lime Kiln Dust for Treated Subgrades, PI, funded by Kansas Department of Transportation, 2016-2017
  • Geoweb Reinforcement of Ballasted Railway Prisms PI, funded by the Presto Geosystems, 2016-2017
  • Development of a Load Distribution Program for Design and Load Rating of Buried Culverts and Pipes, PI, funded by Kansas Department of Transportation, 2015-2017
  • Practical Design Guidelines for Replacement of Deficient Bridges with Low-Water Stream Crossings in the Rural Midwest, Co-PI, funded by Kansas Department of Transportation, 2015-2016
  • Defining the Boundary Conditions for Composite Behavior of Geosynthetic Reinforced Soil (GRS) Structures, Co-PI, funded by National Cooperative Highway Research Program (NCHRP), 2014-2016
  • Testing Aggregate Backfill for Corrosion Potential, Co-PI, funded by Kansas Department of Transportation, 2014-2016
  • Field monitoring of MSE walls To investigate secondary reinforcement effects, PI, funded by Kansas Department of Transportation, 2013-2015
  • Establishing a design procedure for buried steel-reinforced HDPE plastic pipes – A field study (Phase II), PI, funded by Kansas Department of Transportation, 2013-2015
  • Pullout resistance of MSE wall strip reinforcement in uniform aggregate, PI, funded by Kansas Department of Transportation, 2013-2015
  • Development of Design Method for H2Ri Wicking Fabric in Pavement Structures, PI, funded by Tencate, 2013-2015
  • Experimental Evaluation of Performance of GeoTerra Systems, PI, funded by the Presto Geosystems
  • Pavement Deterioration Due to Horizontal Fracturing and Wind Farm Development in Kansas, Co-PI, funded by Kansas Department of Transportation, 2013-2014
  • Calibrating  Mechanistic-empirical  Pavement  Design  Guide  for  Kansas,  PI,  funded  by  Kansas Department of Transportation, 2012-2014
  • Resilient Behavior of TriAX Geogrid-reinforced Working Platforms over Weak Subgrade, PI, funded by Tensar International, 2012-2013
  • Development of Resistance Factors for Piles from PDA Data, Co-PI, funded by Kansas Department of Transportation, 2012-2013
  • Vertical Reinforcement Spacing for MSEW and RSS Structures, PI, funded by Maccaferri through the Collin Group, 2012 to 2015
  • Protection of underground pipes and utility lines using geosynthetics, PI, funded by the University of Kansas, 2011-2012
  • Improved Load Rating Factors for Low-fill Box Structures, PI, funded by Kansas Department of Transportation, 2011-2012
  • Onsite use of Recycled Asphalt Pavement Materials with Geocells to Reconstruct Damaged Pavements by Heavy Trucks, PI, funded by Mid-America Transportation Research Center, 2010-2011
  • Establishing a Design Procedure for Buried Steel-Reinforced HDPE Plastic Pipes, PI, funded by Kansas Department of Transportation, 2010-2012
  • Geotechnical Solutions for Soil Improvement, Rapid Embankment Construction, and Stabilization of the Pavement Working Platform, funded by Strategic Highway Research Program (SHRP 2 Project R02), Phase II, Co-PI, 2008-2011
  • Experimental and Micromechanical Studies on Soil Arching under Static Loading, PI, funded by KU GRF, 2009 to 2010
  • Capacity of Scour Damaged Bridges (Part II), Co-PI, funded by Kansas Department of Transportation, 2009-2010
  • Substituting Geosynthetics For Shotcrete Facing on Soil Nailed Walls, Co-PI, funded by Kansas Department of Transportation, 2009 to 2010
  • Experimental Study of Innovative Geogrid Products for Subgrade Improvement, PI, funded by Tensar International, 2009
  • Numerical Analyses of Rammed Pier Systems, PI, funded by Geopier Foundations, 2008-2009
  • Development of a Mechanistic Response Model for Geocell-reinforced Aggregate Bases, PI, funded by Geosynthetics Research Institute, 2008-2009
  • Slope Reinforcement using Helical Anchors, Co-PI, funded by Earth Contact Products, 2008
  • Feasibility Study for Reducing Flowability of Vacuum Tower Bottoms using Aggregate, PI, funded by Frontier El Dorado Refining Company, Kansas, 2008
  • Laboratory Study of Characteristics of Recycled Asphalt Pavements (RAP) in Kansas, PI, funded by Kansas Department of Transportation, 2008-2010
  • Lateral Load Capacity of Drilled Shaft Short Rock Sockets, Co-PI, funded by Kansas Department of Transportation, 2008-2009
  • Tolerable Strains for HMA Overlays over Concrete Pavements, PI, funded by Kansas Department of Transportation, 2007-2009
  • Evaluation of Data for MSE Walls with Drilled Shafts, Co-PI, funded by Kansas Department of Transportation, 2007-2009
  • Capacity of Pile-Founded Bridges Under Scoured Conditions, Co-PI, funded by Kansas Department of Transportation, 2007-2009
  • Evaluation of Performance of Geocell-Reinforced Bases, PI, Kansas Department of Transportation and Kansas University Transportation Research Institute, 2007-2008
  • REU Supplement: U.S.-Japan Cooperative Science: Use of Reinforcement-Drainage Geosynthetics in Embankment/Wall Construction with Marginal Backfill, PI, funded by National Science Foundation, Award No. 0442159, 2006-2007
  • Development of Recommended Skin Friction Design Values Design Values for Drilled Shafts in Intermediate Geomaterials based on O-cell Tests, PI, funded by Kansas Department of Transportation, 2006 – 2008
  • Development of a Rapid Test to Determine Moisture Sensitivity of HMA (SuperPave) Mixtures, PI, funded by Kansas Department of Transportation, 2006 – 2008.
  • Development of Design Guidelines for Laterally Loaded Drilled Shafts in MSE Walls, Co-PI, funded by Kansas Department of Transportation, 2006 – 2008.
  • U.S.-Japan Cooperative Science: Use of Reinforcement-Drainage Geosynthetics in Embankment/Wall Construction with Marginal Backfill, PI, funded by National Science Foundation, Award No.: 0355430, 2004 – 2007.
  • Numerical Analysis of Column-Supported Embankments, PI, funded by the Collin Group, 2005-2007.
  • Investigation of Geosynthetic-Soil Confinement using Asphalt Pavement Analyzer, PI, funded by Tensar Earth Technologies, Inc., 2006-2008
  • Mechanistic   Analysis   of   Geocell-Reinforced   Pavement   Foundations,   PI,   funded   by   KU Transportation Research Institute, 2006-2008
  • Numerical Study of Geosynthetic-Aggregate Interaction under Wheel Loading, PI, funded by KU Transportation Research Institute, 2006-2008
  • Development of A Predictive Geomechanical Model for Recovery of Coalbed Methane, PI, funded by KU Energy Research Center, 2005-2006.
  • Experimental and Numerical Studies of Reinforcement-Drainage Geosynthetics in Embankment/Wall Construction with Marginal Backfill, PI, funded by KU General Research Fund, 2005-2006.
  • Geosynthetic-Reinforced Pile Supported Embankments, Co-PI, funded by FHWA, 2003-2004.
  • Laboratory  Study  on  Consolidation  Characteristics  of  Deep  Soil  Mixing  Foundations,  PI,  the Provost’s Grant, Widener University, 2004-2005.
  • Widener Faculty Development Option Award, PI, Fall, 2003.
  • Acquisition of A Load Actuator System for Enhancing Civil Engineering Research and Research Training in An Undergraduate Institute (MRI), PI, funded by National Science Foundation, Award No. CMS-0216149, 2002-2004.
  • Development  of  Design  Charts  for  Geosynthetically  Reinforced  Embankments  on  Deep  Mixed Columns, Principal Investigator, funded by the FHWA National Deep Mixing Program, 2002-2004.
  • Analyses  and  Design  of  Multi-Tier  Mechanically  Stabilized  Wall  Systems,  Co-PI,  funded  by Delaware Transportation Institute, 2002-2003.
  • Testing of Additives for Waterproofing Concrete, Co-PI, funded by Concure Products, 2002.
  • Widener University Provost Grant, PI, 2002 – 2003.
  • Widener University Faculty Development Option Grant, PI, 2002.

Events
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