Simon Chao, Ph.D.

Civil Engineering Department

Research Interests:

  • High-performance fiber (tensile strain-hardening) concrete
  • Ultra-high-performance fiber-reinforced concrete
  • Earthquake engineering, seismic behavior of structural systems
  • Performance-based plastic design for earthquake resistant structures, and large- to full-scale experimental testing of reinforced concrete, prestressed concrete, and steel members/frames (especially special truss moment frame; staggered truss framing system; and eccentrically braced frame)

Funded Research Topics & Sponsoring Agency(ies):

  • Toward Non-Corrosion and Highly Sustainable Structural Members by Using Ultra-High Performance Materials for Transportation Infrastructure (U.S. Department of Transportation)
  • Establishing Manufacturing and Large-Scale Casting Process and Structural Design Criteria for Ultra-High Performance Fiber-Reinforced Concrete (UHP-FRC) (National Science Foundation)

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Simon Chao, Ph.D., Civil Engineering