Department of Civil Engineering

Dr. Serhan Guner

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Dr. Serhan Guner is an Assistant Professor in the Department of Civil and Environmental Engineering at the University of Toledo, Ohio, and an Adjunct Professor at Ryerson University, Canada. After receiving his Ph.D. degree from the University of Toronto, Dr. Guner worked as a consulting structural engineer for five years in Toronto. During this time, he was awarded the Carson Innovation Award for his retrofit design of a large foundation system supporting an oscillating compressor. Subsequently, Dr. Guner worked as an Assistant Professor at Ryerson University for two years. During this time, he was awarded a five-year Discovery Grant by the Natural Sciences and Engineering Research Council of Canada. Dr. Guner is a member of Joint ACI-ASCE Committee 447 (Finite Element Analysis), Committee 374 (Performance-Based Seismic Design), and Committee 133 (Disaster Reconnaissance). He is a Professional Engineer in the Province of Ontario, Canada.

Creating Natural-Hazard Resilient Infrastructure Through SUSTAINABLE Materials and Numerical Simulation

Frequent occurrences of natural disasters and associated loss have repeatedly demonstrated the vulnerability of civil infrastructure to hurricanes, earthquakes, and tsunamis. My current research program is aimed at increasing the resiliency of infrastructure to natural hazards, while also incorporating sustainable materials with lower life-cycle costs. My long-term research goal is to combine the accuracy and general-applicability of computational modeling methods with the speed and ease-of-use of artificial intelligence computing. My long-term objective is to make it feasible to create full-size and realistic computational models of entire structures while simulating the response of both structural and non-structural elements and their interactions. Holistic computational models are an indispensable component of the performance-based design philosophy for creating the smart and natural-hazard-resilient structures of the future. Given that many failures occur at connections, a major focus of my research is to better understand the behavior of steel-to-concrete and steel-to-wood connections which are increasingly more commonly used for modular structures and renewable energy attachments such as solar panels, wireless transmitters, and mechanical equipment.

Another focus of my research is aimed at identifying vulnerable infrastructure, including buildings, bridges, and their foundations, and establishing innovative retrofit methods to increase their natural-hazard resiliency. Given that we have a vast inventory of existing structures designed to older and potentially non-resilient standards, we have a major challenge for upgrading them to create resilient and smart cities of tomorrow. To achieve this, my research group creates physics-based numerical simulation methods, and associated computer software, for modeling and analyzing concrete and wood structures under extreme natural hazard loading. We also aim to understand and quantify the behavior of new materials (which can be used for the retrofit of existing structures), such as cross-laminated timber (CLT), ultra-high-performance concrete (UHPFRC), carbon-fiber-reinforced polymers (CFRP), and fiber-reinforced-polymer bars. When creating computational modeling formulations, we aim to accurately model the material behavior, simultaneously acting forces, and the interactions between the components of large structures. 

If you work in a related area and are interested in research collaborations, please feel free to contact me.

Last Updated: 9/27/19