Chris Tuan

Chris Tuan PhD, PE, SE, F.ASCE

Chris Tuan
Contact Information:
203F PKI
(402) 554-3867
Personal Links:

  • Ph.D. Structures, University of Wisconsin-Madison, 1983
  • M.S. Mechanics, University of Wisconsin-Madison, 1980
  • M.S. Structures, University of Wisconsin-Madison, 1979
  • B.S. Civil Engineering, National Taiwan University, 1977

Areas of Research and Professional Interest
  • Finite Element Modeling
  • Specialized Concrete
  • Structural Dynamics
  • Weapons Effects
  • Blast-resistant Design
Courses Taught

Honors and Awards

  • 2014-2017 - Visiting Professor, Guangzhou University, Guangzhou, Guangdong, China
  • 2013 - UNL Civil Engineering Faculty Recognition Award
  • 2011 - Honorary Fellow, Australian Institute of High Energetic Materials, Gladstone, Australia
  • 2009 - ASCE Fellow
  • 2009 - Best Paper Award, ASCE Journal of Cold Regions Engineering (2006-2008)
  • 2008 - Research & Creativity Award, College of Engineering, University of Nebraska-Lincoln
  • 2007 - Distinguished Visiting Professor, Hunan University, Changsha, Hunan, China
  • 2004 - Award of Excellence, American Concrete Institute – Nebraska Chapter
  • 2004 - Multi-disciplinary Research Award, College of Engineering, University of Nebraska-Lincoln
  • 2003 - Award of Excellence, American Concrete Institute – Nebraska Chapter
  • 1995 - Who's Who in Science and Engineering

Selected Publications

Tuan, C.Y., and Dass, W.C., "Expedient airfield runway repair using folded fiberglass mat." International Journal of Pavement Engineering, December 20, 2014,

Tuan, C.Y., "Equipment Fragility due to Shock Response." Journal of Testing and Evaluation, ASTM, August 23, 2013,

Tuan, C. Y. "Ground Shock Resistance of Mechanically Stabilized Earth Walls." International Journal of Geomechanics, ASCE, July 2013,

Deng, Y., and Tuan, C.Y. "Design for Concrete-filled Circular Steel Tubes under Lateral Impact," ACI Structural Journal, 110(4), July-August 2013, pp.691-702.

Geringer, J.R., Tuan, C.Y., and Lindsey, P.D. "Assessment of Software for Blast Loading and Structural Response Analysis Using a Lightweight Steel-Joist Roof as a Test Case," Journal of Performance of Constructed Facilities, ASCE, Vol. 27, No. 2, April 2013, pp.144–154. DOI: 10.1061/(ASCE)CF.1943-5509.0000299.

Krause, A.P., Nguyen, L., Tuan, C.Y., and Blasey, J.D. Conductive Concrete: A Shielding Construction Material, Journal of Radiation Effects, Engineering and Research, 31(1), February 2013, pp.151-158.

Gerbino-Bevins, B.M., Tuan, C.Y., and Mattison, M. Evaluation of Ice Melting Capacities of Deicing Chemicals, Journal of Testing and Evaluation, 40(6), American Society of Testing Materials (ASTM), November 2012,

Tuan, C.Y. Drop Weight Testing on Sandwich Panels with a Novel Thermoplastic Core Material, Journal of Sandwich Structures and Materials, 14(3), May 2012, pp.325-338. DOI: 10.1177/1099636212444748.

Deng, Y., Tuan, C.Y., and Xiao, Y. Behavior of Concrete-filled Circular Steel Tubes under High-strain Rate Impact Loading, Journal of Structural Engineering, ASCE, 138(3), March 2012, doi:
Deng, Y., Norton, T.R., and Tuan, C.Y. Numerical Analysis of the Structural Strength of Concrete-Filled Circular Steel Tubes, Structures and Buildings, 164(1), February 2012, doi:

An, J., Tuan, C.Y., Cheeseman, B.A., and Gazonas, G.A. Simulation of Soil Behavior under Blast Loading,”International Journal of Geomechanics, ASCE, 11(4), July/August 2011, pp.323-334.

Sarmah, R.D., and Tuan, C.Y. Three-Dimensional Security Barrier Impact Response Modeling, International Journal of Nonlinear Science, 11(2), April 2011, pp.236-245.

Deng, Y., Tuan, C.Y., Zhou, Q., and Xiao, Y. Flexural Strength Analysis of Non-post-tensioned and Post-tensioned Concrete-Filled Circular Steel Tubes, Journal of Constructional Steel Research, 67(2), February 2011, pp.192-202.

Tuan, A.Y., Tuan, C.Y., and Li, Q.S., "Buckling Analysis of a Cable-stayed Circular Frame," Journal of Constructional Steel Research, 66(3), March 2010, pp. 420-427.

Amorn, W., Tuan, C.Y., and Tadros, M.K., "Curved, Precast, Pretensioned Concrete I-Girder Bridges," PCI Journal, November-December 2008, pp.48-66.

Tuan, C.Y., "Flexural Behavior of Post-tensioned and Non-post-tensioned Concrete-filled Steel Tubes," Journal of Structural Engineering, ASCE, Vol. 134, No. 6, June 2008, pp.1057-1060.

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