professor ben schafer's thin-walled structures research group - johns hopkins university
Swirnow Family Scholar
Professor and Chair
Dept. of Civil Engineering
Johns Hopkins University
208 Latrobe Hall
Baltimore, MD 21218
info: curriculum vitae
Research Work in the Thin-walled Structures Group
Committees and Codes
Other Materials and Structures Work
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Education - course web sites
° Professor Ben Schafer (email)
Postdoctoral Research Scholars
° Dr. Shahab Torabian
° Dr. Lingfeng Yin (China)
° Jiazhen Leng, PhD Candidate
° Kara Peterman, PhD Candidate
° Jean Batista, PhD Candidate
° Xi Zhao, PhD Candidate
° Dave Fratamico, PhD Candidate
° Hung Ngo, MS Candidate
° Guanbo Bian, MS Candidate
Visiting Student Scholars
° Zheng Baofeng (China)
° Ying Qin (China)
° Roberto Comini (DTU)
° Please contact Dr. S if interested
High School Researchers
° Brooks Gearhart (Baltimore Poly)
Thin-walled structures often occur in biological applications, from the meso-scale of bone structure down to the nano-scale of cell cytoskeleton networks. The large range of active research at Johns Hokpins in "nano" and particularly "bio" applications affords a variety of interesting collaborations. See Professor Schafer's vitae for research on the stability of bones and cytoskeleton networks. Learn more about bio related institutes that Professor Schafer is affiliated:
INBT: Institute for Nano Bio Technology
IMMBI: Inst. for Multiscale Modeling in Biological Interactions
For students interested in working in these cross-disciplinary areas Professor Schafer is affiliated with NBMed, the Howard Hughes Medical Institute Graduate Training Program at Hopkins. Current Hopkins students as well as prospective students may apply. Students should have significant strength and interest in computational modeling.
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News from the Group
Direct Strength Beam-Columns Year 2
Our research on a novel method for designing cold-formed steel beam columns when loaded with axial loads and bending simultaneously has reached an important milestone with the issuing of the year 2 report. This report, among other items, details a series of careful tests that truly explore the force-moment space of a cold-formed steel beam-column. Go here for all of the materials on the project.
Full-scale CFS-NEES Testing Underway(Summer 2013)
The final experimental phase of our cold-formed steel earthquake engineering project: CFS-NEES is underway at the SEESL lab in Buffalo. Read graduate student Kara Peterman's blog for the latest updates, or check in on the live feed at the facility. We hosted the American Iron and Steel Institute Committees in July. Testing is ongoing, so far we are learning a great deal about how cold-formed steel buildings perform as a system.
Sheathing Braced Wall Design Report
Our extensive research on sheathing-braced cold-formed steel walls has recenrly wrapped up. All of the project information is available here, or jump directly to the final report. Complete design examples are provided for the design of CFS walls that employ sheathing to successfully brace the studs.
CFS-NEES Reports Posted
Our cold-formed steel earthquake engineering research project has been busy. New research reports detailing the CFS-NEES archetype building, shear wall testing, moment-rotation behvaior of beams, and fastener-sheathing testing as well as other recent research progress are all available. Go here to learn more about the project and here to jump directly to all the great publications.
US-Egypt CFS Workshop Success
Egypt is in political turmoil. Making a difference in these times is probably asking too much from a small joint USAID/NSF research project, but for two days (9-10 December) approximately 200 Egyptian engineers, architects, builders, and manufacturers and even a few ministers from the Egyptian government met at the University of Cairo to imagine a future for Egypt that takes advantage of the latest technology: light (cold-formed) steel framing. The workshop was led by the United States and Egyptian project teams and included key participation from the United States Industrial Advisory Board. Four members of that board: George Richards (BORM), Don Allen (DSi), Nader ElHajj (Framecad), and Nabil Rahman (TSN), came to Cairo to share their experiences. Learn more.
Coupled Instabilities 2016
The Thin-walled Structures Group has agreed to host the Coupled Instabilities in Metal Structures conference series in 2016. More details forthcoming.
CUFSM 4.05 Updated
We have updated the new standalone version of CUFSM (version 4.05) now available online for free download. CUFSM 4.05 provides a sweeping expansion to the capabilities of our popular finite strip program - now the local, distortional, and global buckling loads of thin-walled members can be explored for general end boundary conditions. This expansion allows for much more difficult problems to be explored providing new insights for researchers and engineers. For more on CUFSM 4 go here, for more on FSM research go here.
Advances in Cold-Formed Steel
CUFSM 4 Standalone Released
We have released the new standalone version of CUFSM (version 4.04) now available online for free download. CUFSM 4.04 provides a sweeping expansion to the capabilities of our popular finite strip program - now the local, distortional, and global buckling loads of thin-walled members can be explored for general end boundary conditions. This expansion allows for much more difficult problems to be explored providing new insights for researchers and engineers. For more on CUFSM 4 go here, for more on FSM research go here.
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