Dr. Zhao has worked on these lines of research:
- Effective Force Testing
PhD research at the University of Minnesota under the supervision of Dr. French and Dr. Shield. (Project Website)
- Headed Concrete Anchorage
Behavior and Design of Cast-in-Place Anchors under Simulated Seismic Loading (NEES-Anchor): Research at UWM with Dr. Shahrooz from the University of Cincinnati. (Project Website).
Design of Headed Reinforcing Bars in Concrete: Research at UWM with Dr. Hoffman from the University of Stuttgart. (details to be provided)
- Impact of Overweight Vehicles
Analysis of Permit Vehicle Loads in Wisconsin (WisDOT): Research at UWM with Dr. Tabatabai.
Using Weigh-in-Motion Data in Bridge Rating (CFIRE): Research at UWM with Dr. Tabatabai (PI).
Impact of Overweight Vehicles (with Heavy Axle Loads) on Bridge Deck Deterioration (CFIRE): Research at UWM with Dr. Tabatabai.
Water Absorption Tests for Measuring Permeability of Field Concrete (CFIRE): Research at UWM with Dr. Tabatabai and Dr. Sobolev.
Water Absorption Used to Quantifiably Determine Propagation of Microcracks within Concrete
Assessments of Concrete Internal Damage Caused by Freeze-Thaw Cycles and Mechanical Loading
- Modeling Nonlinear Shear Lag Effect
Nonlinear Shear Lag in Thin-Walled Flexural Members for Bridges and Buildings
- Modeling Bond between Steel and Concrete
Modeling Strain Penetration Effects in Fiber-based Analysis of Reinforced Concrete Structures: Post-doc research at Iowa State University under the supervision of Dr. Sritharan. (Project Website)
Local Bond-Slip Behavior of Deformed Steel Bars with Inelastic Deformation.
- Advanced Sensor Technology
A Sensor Based on Electromagnetic Surface Wave Propagation for Bridge Monitoring (UWM RGI-3)