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MMS Brown Bag Seminar with Andrew Rock and Peter Wang, Graduate Students

Speaker: Andrew Rock and Peter Wang, Graduate Students
Series: MMS Brown Bag Seminars
Location: Engineering Quad E219
Date/Time: Tuesday, April 25, 2017, 12:30 p.m. - 1:30 p.m.


Andrew Rock - Response of Pneumatic Barriers to Dynamic Storm Surge Forces

In conjunction with the current and expected sea level rise, the future increase in hurricane intensity due to climate change will magnify the effect of storm surge. This research aims to mitigate the effect of storm surge, which was highlighted in 2012 during Hurricane Sandy, by implementing deployable pneumatic barriers on coastlines at risk. Existing static models will be discussed and a potential path for dynamic characterization and analysis will be introduced.

Peter Wang - Forensic Study on the 2013 Harrisburg Bridge Fire

A tanker truck fire near Harrisburg, PA caused significant web deformation in the steel bridge girders on Route 322 West. The bridge was closed, removed and subsequently replaced. This study serves to identify the cause of the buckling phenomenon observed on the girders. Different buckling modes are analyzed as alternatives using finite element software, and experimental readings are matched with finite element software results to determine the likely cause of deformation.