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Symposium 4

Structures in Challenging Environments: Dynamics, Controls, Smart Structures, Health Monitoring, and Sensors

Co-Chairs: Wei Zhang, Ph.D., University of Connecticut, Storrs, CT; Landolf Rhode-Barbarigos, Ph.D., University of Miami, Coral Gables, FL; and Gangbing Song, Ph.D., University of Houston, Houston, TX

The technical areas of dynamics, controls, and evaluation and condition monitoring of engineering structures and systems, specially designed and built to operate in challenging environments on Earth and in space, are of extreme importance. Integration of sensors into structural and material systems enables more effective and precisely tuned performance, as well as remote evaluation and control of space and terrestrial structures systems. The design and analysis of structures in challenging environments on any planetary body need special care beyond current terrestrial practice. Space environments – on planetary surfaces or in orbit – expose systems to radiation, micro/reduced gravity, vacuum, debris/meteoroid impact, and temperature extremes. Overcoming these significant challenges is imperative to the success of any structure in space and in extreme and challenging environments on Earth. In addition, educators face challenges in using emerging technology to improve the education of the engineers of the future


Wednesday, April 21 | 1:20 – 2:50 pm | WA

Damage Detection and Health Monitoring I
Chairs: Bin Huang, Ph.D., Wuhan University of Technology, Wuhan, China; and Weijie Li, Ph.D., Harbin Institute of Technology, Shenzhen, China

  • Research on active thermal based distributed fiber optic temperature sensing for leakage detection in water pipeline – Authors:  Weijie Li, Ph.D, Postdoctoral Researcher; Tiejun Liu, Professor; Huangbin Xiang, Master Student; and Dujian Zou, Associate ProfessorSchool of Civil and Environmental Engineering, Harbin Institute of Technology, Shenzhen

  • The Damage Detection for Pipeline Structures Based on Piezoceramic Transducers – Authors:  Chunyuan Zou, Ph.D., Huaiyin Institute of Technology; Xin Feng, Professor; and Jin Zhou, Professor, Dalian University of Technology

  • Development of a Novel Corrosion Sensor based on Electromechnical Impedance Instrumented Piezoelectric-Metal Transducer – Authors:  Shasha Gao, Master Student; Weijie Li, Ph.D, Postdoctoral Researcher; Tiejun Liu, Professor; Wei Luo, Master Student; and Dujan Zou, Associate Professor, Harbin Institute of Technology, Shenzhen

  • Local Reinforcement Corrosion Evaluation of RC Structures Based on Fractal Characteristics of Piezoelectric Guided Waves – Authors:  Yaoyao Chen, Master Student; Xuenan Wang, Master Student; Shi Yan, Professor; and Yuanyuan Yao, Master StudentShenyang Jianzhu University, School of Engineering

  • Vibration Control of Superelastic SMA Spring Braces to a Frame Structure Under Earthquake Exciting – Authors:  Jincheng Ding, Graduate Student; Bin Huang, Ph.D, Professor; Yueming Lao, Graduate Student; and Hongwang Lv, MA, Graduate Student, Wuhan University of Technology


Wednesday, April 21 | 3:00 – 4:30 pm | WB

Structures in Challenge Environments (Student Paper Competition)
Chairs: Chunyuan Zuo, Huaiyin Institute of Technology, Huai'an, China; and Tianyong Jiang, Changsha University of Science and Technology, Changsha, China

  • Understanding Spatial Abilities and Spatial Strategy Under Extreme Visual and Gravitational Environments – Authors:  Hannah Park, Ph.D. Candidate, Graduate Student Researcher; Manish Dexit, Ph.D., Assistant Professor; Nafiseh Faghihi; Ann McNamara; and Jyotsna Vaid, Texas A&M University

  • Experimental Investigation and Numerical Analysis on Stiffness Degradation of High-Performance Steel Beams with Local Shear-Span Corrosion – Authors: Linfa Xiao, Ph.D CandidateJianxin Peng, Professorand Jianren Zhang, Professor, Changsha University of Science and Technology, China; C.S. Cai, Professor, Louisiana State University

Thursday, April 22, 12:40 – 2:10 pm, TA

Seismic Damage Detection and Monitoring
Chairs: Gang Li, Ph.D., Dalian University of Technology, Dalian, China; and Guoxing Wang, Ph.D., Dalian University of Technology, Dalian, China

  • Effect of Extra Poles on Structural Seismic Resistance for Typical Rural Low-rise RC Structures – Authors:  Pangiie Lu, Ph.D. Candidate; and Guoxin Wang, Ph.D, Professor, Dalian University of Technology

  • Seismic Performance and Damage Assessment of Electrical Substation – Authors:  Daming Luo, Ph. D, Lecturer; Bo Wen, Ph.D., Professor, Deputy Directorand Lu Zhang, Student, Xi’an University of Architecture &Technology

  • Seismic Performance of Recentering Shear Wall Reinforced with Superelastic Shape Memory Alloy Bars – Authors:  Yuancheng Guo, Ph.D., Professor; Yiping Kang, Ph.D. Candidate; and Hui Qian, Ph.D., Professor, Zhengzhou University; Gangbing Song, Professor, University of Houston

  • Seismic Collapse Prevention Performance of Low-Ductility CBFs – Authors:  Zhu-Qian Dong, Ph.D., Aff. M. ASCE, Postdoctoral Researcher; Gang Li, Ph.D., Aff. M. ASCE, Professor; and Hong-Nan Li, Professor, Dalian University of Technology

  • Monitoring of Grouting Compactness in a Post-Tensioning Curve Tendon Duct Using Piezoceramic Transducers – Authors:  Bin He, Student; Tianyong Jiang, Associate Professor; Zhong C. Tian, Professor; and Yaowen Zhang, Office clerk, Changsha University of Science and Technology; Gangbing Song, Professor, University of Houston


Thursday, April 22 2:20 – 3:50 pm, TB

Structures under Wind and Wave Hazards
Chairs: Dong-Ho Choi, Ph.D., Hanyang University, Seoul, South Korea; and Kai Wei, Southwest Jiaotong University, Chengdu, China

  • Improved Resilience Analysis of Existing Orthotropic Steel Bridge Considering the Debris Effects – Author:  Xiaolong Ma, Ph.D. Student, University of Connecticut

  • Experimental Study of Breaking Wave Forces on of Sea-crossing Bridges Substructures – Authors:  Jie Hong, Ph.D. Candidate; Kai Wei, Associate Professor; and Bo Xu, Southwest Jiaotong University

  • Experimental and Numerical Investigations into Fatigue Assessment of Structures in Challenging Environments of Deep Oceans – Author:  Sasan M. Iranpour, Ph.D., P.E., Engineering Manager, Allnorth

  • On the Hydrostatic Nonlinearity of Spar Type Floating Offshore Wind Turbine in Hydrodynamic Waves – Authors:  Zahid Ulliah, Ph.D. Candidate; and Dong-Ho Choi, Ph.D, Professor; Hanyang University

  • Analysis of the TMD Enhanced Base Isolation System (BIS) Using Clutching Inerter Damper – Authors: Qigang Liang, Ph.D. Candidate, and Luyu Li, Associate ProfessorDalian University of Technology


Thursday, April 22, 4:00 – 5:30 pm. TC

Sensing and Monitoring I
Chairs: Peng Zhang, Ph.D., University of Houston, Houston, TX; and Baoxin Qi, Shenyang Jianzhu University, Shenyang, China

  • Study on the Longitudinal Displacement Regularity of an Asymmetric Cable-Stayed Bridge with a Hybrid Girder Affected by Temperature – Authors:  Lihua Ling, Ph.D.; Changsong Chen, Professor; and Donghuang Yan, Professor, Changsha University of Science & Technology, School of Engineering

  • Analysis and Monitoring on the Highway Bridge with Newly Constructed Link Slab Considering Thermal Effects – Authors: Yifan Zhu, Ph.D. Candidate, Graduate Research Assistant; Chung Fu, Ph.D., P.E., F. ASCE, Director, Research Professor; Kuang-yuan Hou, Ph.D. Candidate, Graduate Research Assistant; Naiyi Li, PhD. Candidate, Graduate Research Assistant, University of Maryland, College Park

  • Research on Health Monitoring for Large Span Steel Structures – Authors:  Zhishan Tao, Engineer, Gansu Construction Investment Group; Xiuli Wang, Ph.D., Professor; Haiyan Zhao, Graduate Research Assistant; and Yanpeng Zhu, Professor, Lanzhou University of Technology

  • Pounding Tuned Mass Damper: a Novel Device for Passive Structural Vibration Control – Authors:  Gangbing Song, Graduate Research Assistant, University of Vermont; Peng Zhang, Ph.D., Professor, University of Houston

  • Study on Identification Method Based on the Curvature Model of Composite Plate Structure - Author:  Baoxin Qi, Ph.D, Associate Professor, Shenyang Jianzhu University


Friday, April 23, 11:50-1:20 pm FA

Sensing and Monitoring II
Chairs: Shi Yan, Shenyang Jianzhu University, Shenyang, China; and Bo Wen, Ph.D., Xi’an University of Architecture & Technology, Xi'an, China

  • Performance Correction of Cantilevered Piezoelectric Energy Harvesters Considering Non-Uniform Electric Field in the Piezoelectric Layer – Author:  Xianfeng Wang, Ph.D. Candidate, Beijing Jiaotong University

  • Research on Strain Measurement Using Smartphone with a Mobile Phone Microscope – Authors: Branko Gilsic, Ph.D., A.M.ASCE, Princeton University; Huan Li; Botao Xie; and Xuefeng Zhao, Ph.D., Assistant Professor, Dalian University of Technology

  • An Extraction Method for Stress Wave Reflection Period Based on Image Processing – Panpan Gong, Graduate Student; Mingzhang Luo, Professor; Chuan Xu, Graduate Student; and Luoyu Zhou, Lecturer, Yangtzeu University

  • Through the Optimization Transfer-CNN, the Unmanned Vehicle Equipped with the Visual Crack Detection Camera is Used to Realize the Automatic Evaluation of the Building Structure Safety. – Authors:  Nannan Du; Chen Jian, Associate Professor; Shubo Wang, Ph.D.; and Zichao Zhang, Ph.D., China Agricultural University

  • Correlation of Impedance and Compressive Stress of Carbon Nanofiber Aggregates for Structural Health Monitoring – Authors:  Bhagirath Joshi, Ph.D. Candidate; Y.L. Mo, F.ASCE, Professor; Yağız Öz, Master Candidate; Xiaonan Shan, Assistant Professor; Jjiaji Wang, Ph.D., Postdoctoral Associate; and Xu Yang, Ph.D. Candidate, University of Houston


Friday, April 23, 1:40 - 3:10 pm FB

Damage Detection and Health Monitoring II
Chairs: Xin Nie, Ph.D., Tsinghua University, Beijing, China; and Wenwei Yang, Ph.D., Tsinghua University, Beijing, China

  • A Method for Closing Deck of Cable-stayed Bridges with a Single Erection Joint - Authors:  Lihua Ling, Ph.D.; Changsong Chen, Professor; and Donghuang Yan, Professor, Changsha University, School of Civil Engineering
  • Localization of Tunnel Cavity Fillings Based on Radar Wavelet Transform Time-Energy Density Method = Authors:  Sheng Zhang, Ph.D, Post Graduate Supervisor, University of Houston; Wenchao He, Ph.D.; Da Hu, Ph.D.; and Yongsuo Li, Ph.D.
  • Control of Train-Induced Vibration Using Periodic Materials - Authors:  Chuhao Qin, Engineering Student; and Junpeng Zhao, Engineering Student; South China University of Technology; Shuang Hou; Yi-lung Mo, Ph.D., F.ASCE, F ACI, Professor, University of Houston;  and Muxiu Tan
  • Smart Rock Technology for Local Scour Monitoring of Bridge Structures During a Flood Event - Authors:  Fujian Tang, Ph.D., Associate Professor, Dalian University of Technology; Genda Chen, Distinguished Professor; and Yan Tang, Postdoctoral Researcher, Missouri University of Science and Technology; Yizheng Cheng, Postdoctoral Researcher, University of Clemson; Zhaochao Li, Associate Professor, Iowa State University
  • Multichannel Analysis of Surface Waves Method-Based Interfacial Debonding Defection for Concrete-Filled Double-Steel-Plate Composite Walls - Authors:  Xin Nie, Post-Doctoral Researcher; and Yudong Zhao, Master's Candidate, Tsinghua University, Department of Civil Engineering; Hongbing Chen, Research Professor; Bin Xu, Professor


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