CUREE University Representative:
The Department of Civil, Environmental, and Architectural Engineering (CEAE) offers nine graduate degree and two undergraduate degree programs which give students a wide range of opportunities to meet their educational goals. The undergraduate Bachelor of Science in Civil Engineering and Bachelor of Science in Architectural Engineering degrees are both ABET accredited and offer multiple areas of emphasis that are of interest to students focusing on earthquake engineering, including structural engineering, geotechnical engineering, construction management, and mechanical and energy systems. The graduate program features advanced courses on the behavior of reinforced concrete structures, steel structures, composite materials, geotechnical engineering, structural dynamics, and performance-based engineering.
West Campus Structural-Testing Laboratory
The CEAE department has an active research program in the field of Earthquake Engineering. Areas of research include performance-based engineering, the use of new material and design methodologies for the development of resilient structures, computer simulation of structural systems subjected to earthquake loading, distributed wireless sensor networks, geotechnical engineering, and the repair and rehabilitation of existing structures.
Research and teaching facilities at KU are undergoing major expansion and renovation through a $104 million effort undertaken by the School of Engineering (SOE). The first phase of the expansion is complete and consists of the $24 million Measurement , Materials and Sustainable Environment Center (M2SEC). The second phase of the expansion is ongoing and consists of the new $65 million LEEP 2 engineering building, which will double the size of the engineering complex, and will house new classrooms and teaching laboratories. Also part of the phase 2 expansion is the new $15 million structural testing laboratory located in west campus, which is intended for testing of large-scale structural members and systems.
Structural Testing Room of Fatigue and Fracture Laboratory
Experimental facilities at KU include the structural testing laboratory at Learned Hall which has 4,000 ft2 of open laboratory area with a clear height of 30 ft. and a 44-kip traveling crane for fabrication and transportation of specimens. Loads can be applied to 3 ft centers over a 50 x 80 ft area by servo hydraulic actuators and hydraulic jack systems. The Fracture and Fatigue Laboratory, housed in the new M2SEC facility, has a structural testing room intended for component and reduced-scale model testing. The structural testing room has 360 ft2 of reaction floor space with orthogonal reaction walls on two sides of the test floor and a reaction ceiling with a clear height of 12 ft. The west campus structural testing laboratory, currently under construction and scheduled to begin operations in the fall of 2014, is designed for testing of full-scale systems and components and will have 6,800 ft2 of open laboratory with a clear height of 50 ft. The facility will have two 44-kip traveling cranes to facilitate fabrication and transportation of specimens within the test bay. Loads can be applied by servo hydraulic actuators and hydraulic jack systems to anchor points spaced at 3 ft centers over a 50 x 136 ft area. An L-shaped reaction wall is located at one of the edges of the reaction floor. The reaction area of both sides of the wall has a length of 36 ft and a height of 40 ft, with anchor points spaced at 3 ft centers.
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University of Kansas
Department of Civil
Environmental and Architectural Engineering
2150 Learned Hall
1530 W 15th St.
Lawrence, KS 66045
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