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Dr. Serhan Guner 
Phone: (419)530.8133
1610 N. Westwood Ave.
Nitschke Hall, Room: 3021
Toledo, Ohio 43607, USA
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Dr. Serhan Guner

Dr. Serhan GunerDr. 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 to increase the resiliency of infrastructure to multiple natural hazards, while also incorporating cost-effective and sustainable materials. 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 and numerically simulate their near-collapse response. If designed properly, these connections possess inherit resilience to triaxial loads, which makes them ideal for creating hurricane-, earthquake- and tsunami-resilient infrastructure.

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. 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 multi-hazards. We aim to understand and quantify the behavior of new materials, such as cross-laminated timber (CLT), ultra-high-performance concrete (UHPFRC), carbon-fiber-reinforced polymers (CFRP), and fiber-reinforced-polymer bars. Our objective, when creating simulation formulations, is to take account of the simultaneously acting stresses (e.g., interaction of axial, shear and bending stresses), while accurately modeling the material behavior through comprehensive constitutive models. The in-house software and visualization tools allow our research team to apply the established formulations to large-structures and simulate/understand the holistic system response.

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

Last Updated: 8/16/18