Performance-based Design and Assessment of Tunnel Structures under Fire

Position description:The Institute of Bridge Engineering (IBE) is recruiting a PhD student to conduct research on performance-based design and assessment of tunnel structures under fire. The work will involve interdisciplinary research including structural engineering, fire engineering, geotechnical engineering, and concrete materials. A solid background and/or interest in the following subjects is required: theoretical knowledge in fire development and thermal response of structures, nonlinear finite element modeling, investigation of the performance of normal and high strength concrete at high temperatures, and development of a risk-based approach for fire resilience of tunnel structures.

Financial support: Doctoral students are supported with a stipend ($28,541 for AY 22/23), paid tuition and health care. Financial support after the first year is contingent on academic standing and research progress.

The box furnace in Ketter Hall is surrounded by beams and columns at all sides. A ladder leans against the furnace with the hook of a crane nearby.

Research Facilities: IBE faculty and students have access to state-of-the-art research facilities, including Structural Engineering and Earthquake Simulation Laboratory (SEESL), Shared Instrumentation Laboratories (SIL), and the Center for Computational Research (CCR). SEESL is equipped with a diverse array of test equipment and platforms, including two 6 DOF earthquake simulators, a geotechnical laminar box, a multiple-fan wind tunnel, a strong floor and strong wall, a furnace for structural fire testing, wind tunnel, and standard tools and equipment needed for performing state-of-the-art concrete materials and geotechnical-engineering research. The furnace, shown right, has a maximum operating temperature of 1,000°C and is designed to accommodate a fast ramp-up heating rate for structural fire testing. SIL provides access to a scanning electron microscope, atomic force microscope, nano-indenter, and other advanced equipment for nano/micro-scale investigation of materials. CCR is an academic supercomputing facility at the University at Buffalo and maintains high-performance computing and visualization laboratories.

Contact Information

Contact associate professor Negar Elhami-Khorasani for the position description and Jackie Baum, graduate studies coordinator, for other information, including admission, visas, and the graduate program in the department.

Jackie Baum

CIvil, Structural and Environmental Engineering

212C Ketter Hall

Phone: (716) 645-4350