On October 1, the Structural Stability Research Council (SSRC) and the American Institute of Steel Construction (AISC) will host Day 2 of the Innovations for Research-to-Industry Stability Engagement (I-RISE) Summit. This virtual event is facilitating discussions between industry professionals and steel structural stability researchers about pressing structural stability research needs. On Day 1 (June 18), over 60 researchers and practicing engineers participated in plenary and breakout sessions to develop a set of promising stability research themes based on industry needs. On Day 2, researchers will present research needs statements and project ideas for review and feedback. Subsequently, researchers will refine the project ideas for consideration by funding agencies. The event is open to anyone interested. Contact email@example.com to obtain Zoom meeting coordinates.
On August 5, AISC is offering a workshop to help educators enhance steel courses. The session will include teaching tips and resources covering topics like the importance of design, how students learn, how to design a steel course, using hands-on demonstrations to help students visualize behavior, learning outside the classroom, and how AISC teaching aids can enhance your course. Read more and sign up here!
NASCC: The Virtual Steel Conference will be held next week, April 12-16, 2021. NASCC includes multiple specialty tracks, including the SSRC Annual Stability Conference, and registration to the entire NASCC is free for students.
On Tuesday (April 13), Larry Fahnestock will be part of an international team presenting the session “A Frame-Spine System with Force-Limiting Connections for Seismic Resilience,” and on Thursday (April 15), Aradhana Agarwal will present her paper “Parametric Evaluation of Multi-Tiered Ordinary Concentrically Braced Frames under Seismic Loading,” in the Stability under Seismic Loading session of the SSRC ASC. Tune in to learn more about these important advances in seismic stability, along with many other great presentations.
On March 25, Sunny Zhou (PhD student) will be speaking about her research at the SEI Illinois Chapter Webinar: Innovative Structural Engineering Research Spotlight. This webinar will feature three University of Illinois structural engineering PhD students, and registration is free for all students. Sunny is working on a major field monitoring campaign and she will be presenting on early results for two instrumented skewed steel I-girder bridges.
Abstracts are now being accepted for the 2021 SSRC Annual Stability Conference, which will be held in conjunction with the AISC North American Steel Construction Conference in Louisville, Kentucky, April 13-16, 2021.
Considering the current COVID-19 pandemic, the 2020 SSRC Annual Stability Conference and the 2020 Illinois Structural Engineering Conference are canceled. Stay safe everyone!
Larry Fahnestock and Zhuoqi Tao attended the 3rd NHERI-NIED/E-Defense Research Collaboration Meeting in Miki, Japan, along with collaborators from Lehigh University and Oregon State University. The research team for the new NSF-funded project “Frame-Spine System with Force-Limiting Connections for Low-Damage Seismic Resilient Buildings” observed shake table testing of a reinforced concrete building, participated in discussions with researchers from other projects and planned for shake table testing that will be conducted at E-Defense in 2020.
Last week the Structural Stability Research Council celebrated its 75th anniversary at the Annual Stability Conference, held in conjunction with the AISC North American Steel Construction Conference (NASCC). SSRC was founded in 1944 as the Column Research Council and became SSRC in 1976. Since its inception, the Council has served as an international forum for the exchange of ideas and ongoing research efforts related to the stability of structural components and systems. SSRC’s service to the structural engineering profession includes support of education and code development, and publication of the Guide to Stability Design Criteria for Metal Structures.
At the Annual Stability Conference, held last week in St. Louis, Kelley Grabner presented a paper, based on her thesis (MS, 2018), titled “Seismic Stability of Special Concentrically Braced Frames in a Moderate Seismic Region.” Congratulations to Kelley on this accomplishment! Also at the Conference, Larry Fahnestock moved from Vice-Chair to Chair of SSRC and Dan Linzell (U. of Nebraska) was appointed Vice-Chair. Thanks to Past-Chair Todd Helwig (UT Austin) for his excellent service to SSRC!
In the closing keynote of NASCC, former SSRC Chair (and editor of the SSRC Guide) Ron Ziemian (Bucknell U.) delivered his inaugural T.R Higgins Lecture, “Structural Stability – Letting the Fundamentals Guide Your Judgement.” Congratulations to Ron on this significant honor!