Civil Engineering & Mechanics Research

With a long history of funded research, CEAS Civil Engineering & Mechanics faculty members have received support from local and national private industry and from a wide variety of government sources at the city, county, state, and federal levels. Representative government agencies include:

  • U.S. Department of Transportation
  • National Science Foundation
  • Milwaukee Metropolitan Sewerage District
  • Federal Highway Administration
  • Wisconsin Department of Natural Resources
  • USDA Forest Services
  • Illinois Clean Coal Institute
  • National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration
  • US Department of Defense: Strategic Environmental Research and Development Program
  • Wisconsin Sea Grant Institute
  • Wisconsin Groundwater Coordinating Council

Ongoing research in Civil Engineering & Mechanics is conducted in various CEAS laboratories. Specific laboratories and recent research titles include:

Center for By-Products Utilization

  • Economical self-consolidating concrete
  • Reducing shrinkage cracking of structural concrete through the use of admixtures

Computational Mechanics Laboratory

  • Stress computation and fracture prediction in the Femur’s neck due to side falls: FEA investigation
  • Multibody simulation of a hopping machine
  • Nonlinear finite element analysis of extended shear tab steel connections
  • Nonlinear FEA of precast hybrid beam-column connections subjected to cyclic loads
  • Low-weight and low-stiffness cellular metal alloys for biomedical applications

Environmental Engineering Laboratory

  • Receptor models for evaluation of fate and transport of organic pollutants in the aquatic environment
  • MMSD stormwater monitoring program: data analysis, 2004-2005
  • Mercury liberation and capture from coal-fired power plants: fly ash and activated carbon
  • The response of biological components in drinking water infrastructure to biological warfare agents
  • Developing an on-chip magnetic bead biosensor for real-time and remote detection of biological warfare agents

Water Resources Laboratory

  • Predicting Pathogen Fate in the Great Lakes Coastal Environment
  • Coherence between atmospheric teleconnections, climate and hydrologic time series
  • Predicting water age in water distribution systems
  • Two-fluid computational model for bubble plumes
  • Empirical Studies of Release Rates of Munition Constituents from Breached Shells
  • A management model to link coastal water quality and land use
Geotechnical Engineering Laboratory
  • Determination of typical resilient modulus values for selected soils representative of the soils distributions of Wisconsin
  • Evaluation of bridge approach settlement mitigation methods
  • Investigation of vertical members to resist surficial slope instabilities
  • Load and resistance factor design of deep foundations
  • Finite element analysis of time-dependent increase in capacity of driven piles
  • Analysis and design of dies for polymer extrusion

Structural Engineering Laboratory

  • Stay cable repair and utilization
  • Damage detection in structures
  • Vibration control and damping
  • The effect of Minnesota aggregates on rapid chloride permeability tests
  • Rehabilitation techniques for concrete bridges
  • Fatigue resistant and monitoring studies for high-performance steel bridges
  • Decision support system for highway bridges

Center for Urban Transportation Studies

  • Relationship between land use policy and highway requirements
  • Statewide travel demand forecasting
  • Long-range deployment strategies for intelligent transportation systems
  • Impacts of accessibility, connectivity, and mode captivity on transit choice
  • Strategies for improved innovation at public transit agencies