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Dan Linzell to lead UNL Civil Engineering

Daniel G. Linzell, Ph.D., P.E., F.ASCE

Department Chair / Professor
Phone: (402) 472-8036
Office: N115 Scott Engineering Center

Research Areas: The behavior of steel bridges of irregular geometry (horizontally curved bridges and skewed bridges) under various types of loads, optimizing and enhancing structural component and system performance to resist blast and impact loads.

Ph.D. in Civil Engineering, August 1999, The Georgia Institute of Technology
MS in Civil Engineering, December 1995, The Georgia Institute of Technology
BS in Civil Engineering, December 1990, The Ohio State University

Teaching Interests

Advanced and Classical Structural Analysis
Bridge Engineering and Design
Structural Health Monitoring
Steel Design

Recent Publications

Sharafbayani, M. and Linzell, D.G., “Effect of Temporary Shoring Location on Horizontally Curved Steel I-Girder Bridges during Construction,” ASCE Journal of Bridge Engineering, v17, n3, pp. 537-546, May 2012.

Kim, W.-S., Laman, J.A. and Linzell, D.G., “Prediction of Concrete Integral Abutment Bridge Unrecoverable Displacements,” American Concrete Institute Andy Scanlon Symposium on Serviceability and Safety of Concrete Structures: From Research to Practice, SP-284-11, 20 pp., March, 2012.

He, X.H., Sheng, X.W., Scanlon, A., Linzell, D.G. and Yu, X.D., “Skewed Concrete Box Girder Bridge Static and Dynamic Testing and Analysis,” Engineering Structures, v39, pp. 38-49, 2012.

Seo, J. and Linzell, D.G., “Horizontally Curved Steel Bridge Seismic Vulnerability Assessment,” Engineering Structures, v34, pp. 21-32, 2012.

Sharafbayani, M., Linzell, D.G. and Chen, C.-C., “Web Plumb Influence on Skewed I-girder, Steel Bridges during Construction,” Bridge Structures, v7, pp. 115-122, 2011.

Nevling, D.L. and Linzell, D.G., “Curved Girder Deformation Prediction Effectiveness using First Order, Linear Geometric Finite Element Models,” ASCE Practice Periodical on Structural Design and Construction, v16, n2, pp. 56-61, May 2011.

Seo, J., Linzell, D.G. and Rado, Z., “Computational and Experimental Modification of Portable Sign Structure Design Following NCHRP 350 Criteria,” International Journal of Crashworthiness, v16, n2, pp. 111-116, April 2011.

Research Focus Areas

  • Curved and skewed concrete and steel bridges: response to service and construction loads
  • Force Protection: improving steel and cementitious structural component resistance to blast and impact loads
  • Advanced Materials for Structural Engineering: application of high-performance steel and fiber-reinforced polymer materials to bridges and buildings
  • Laboratory and Field-Testing of Structures and Structural Health Monitoring
  • Advanced Finite Element Modeling

Recent Research Funding

July 2010 – July 2012: “The Impact of Marcellus Gas Development on the Rural Transportation Infrastructure,” PSU Marcellus Initiative for Outreach and Research, $57,500. (Co-Principal Investigator)

January 2011 – July 2012: “Testing of Reinforced Concrete Beams,” U.S. Department of the Army (Phase II SBIR for Carlyle Consulting, LLC), $119,559. (Principal Investigator)

January 2011 – July 2012: “Technical Expertise for Reviewing Construction Plans and Actions for a Skewed Steel Bridge,” Creamer-Sanzari Joint Venture, $30,797. (Principal Investigator)

July 2010 – July 2015: “Research, Development, Testing and Evaluation (RDT&E) of Vehicle Anti-Ram Barriers,” Funding Opportunity Number DSPPSP-10-CA-WHA-052110, U.S. Department of State, Bureau of Diplomatic Security, Physical Security Division, Office of Physical Security Programs, $6,976,672. (Co-Principal Investigator)

July 2012 – Present: “Incremental Sheet Forming,” PSU Applied Research Lab/U.S. Navy, $49,701. (Principal Investigator)

July 2012 – Present: “Rail Bending Test,” Certified Testing, Inc., $4,120. (Principal Investigator)