Structural Engineering

Research in areas of structural engineering focuses on practical applications. The goal is to apply modern engineering principles to develop efficient cost effective designs for structures used by the Missouri Department of Transportation or private companies.

Recent and Current Research

Bridge Approach Slab Research

Principal Investigator(s): Ganesh Thiagarajan, Ph.D., P.E.
Funded by: Missouri Department of Transportation (MoDOT) and National University Transportation Center (NUTC), ~$250,000 for both UMKC and UMC campus, 2008-10
Goal: The research investigates cost-effective solutions for mitigating the failure of bridge approach slabs. The project attempts to solve the “bump” at the end of the bridge problem from a structural perspective.

Optimized Design of Steam-Turbine Tabletop Foundation Structures

Principal Investigator(s): Ganesh Thiagarajan, Ph.D., P.E.
Funded by: Black & Veatch, $60,000, 2008-09
Goal: The research aims to optimize the design of tabletop foundations for steam turbines. The project involves the development of finite element models of the foundations subjected to dynamic loads. The results from the models are used to develop rationale to reduce beam and column sizes.