Dr. Zhao has worked on these lines of research:

  • Effective Force Testing

PhD research on a dynamic testing method at the University of Minnesota under the supervision of Dr. French and Dr. Shield.

  • Modeling Bond of Steel Reinforcing Bars

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.

Local Bond-Slip Behavior of Deformed Steel Bars with Inelastic Deformation by Ningning Wang.

  • 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.

Design of Headed Reinforcing Bars in Concrete: Research at UWM with Dr. Hoffman from the University of Stuttgart.

  • 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 Shear Lag Effects

Nonlinear Shear Lag in Thin-Walled Flexural Members for Bridges and Buildings by Zhibin Lin.

  • Steel-Concrete Composite Structures

Seismic Tensile Force on Steel Girder-Concrete Wall Connections in High-Rise Composite Building Structures by Yuchen Hui.

  • Advanced Sensor Technology

A Sensor Based on Electromagnetic Surface Wave Propagation for Bridge Monitoring by Damian Nevers

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