Preventing Catastrophe: Are Our Bridges Too Old?

Arthur Huckelbridge
Cleveland, OH

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Arthur Huckelbridge, PhD
Case Western Reserve University
Professor Arthur Hucklebridge is an expert in civil engineering, with a specialty in seismic performance of structures and bridge construction. He can address earthquake engineering, safe bridge building and methods to improve structural dynamics.
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Arthur Huckelbridge is an Associate Professor of Civil Engineering at Case Western Reserve University.  He has worked extensively studying the structural performance of buildings during earthquakes. His work has been funded by various federal and state agencies as well as businesses in order to determine the safety of existing bridges and the best construction methods for new structures.

Huckelbridge has been the principal investigator on a wide range of structural research projects supported by NSF, NASA, Ohio DOT, Cuyahoga County and private industry. This work has focused on structural (particularly bridge) performance issues, structural dynamics, earthquake engineering, fatigue lifetime prediction, and health monitoring. Dr. Huckelbridge has developed considerable experience and expertise in large-scale bridge health monitoring and structural testing, both in the field and in the lab. Dr. Huckelbridge has worked extensively, as well, in the development and calibration of mathematical models to simulate complex structural behavior.

Dr. Huckelbridge received his B.S. in civil engineering from Northwestern University in 1970,  his M.S. from UC Berkeley and his doctorate in engineering from UC Berkeley in 1977.  He received the 1st Award in the Lincoln Foundation Design Competition, was a NASA Faculty Fellow in 1983 and 1984 and is listed in "Who's Who in Engineering."  Dr. Huckelbridge’s undergraduate teaching has included Statics, Strength of Materials, Structural Analysis and Structural Design. At the graduate level Dr. Huckelbridge teaches Advanced R/C Design, P/C Design, Advanced Structural Steel Design and Design for Dynamic Loads.



Recent Publications/Appearances

·  "Grand Gusset Failure", Civil Engineering Magazine, v. 67, n.9, September, 1997

•  "Shear Key Performance in Multi-Beam Box Girder Bridges" , ASCE Journal of the Performance of Constructed Facilities , v. 9, n. 4, November, 1995. (with H. El-Esnawi)

•   "Evaluation of Improved Shear Key Designs for Multi-Beam Prestressed Concrete Box Girder Bridges", Final Report to ODOT/FHWA, Research Contract No. 7679, December, 1996.

• "Implementation of the Block-Krylov Boundary Boundary Flexibility Method of Component Synthesis", NASA TM 106065, NASA Lewis Research Center, 1993. (with K. Carney & A. Abdallah)

 •  "Load Transfer Phenomena in Multi-Beam Prestressed Concrete Box Girder Bridges", Final Report, Ohio Department of Transportation /FHWA, 1993.   


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