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Dr. Saatcioglu’s research primarily focuses on behaviour and design of reinforced concrete structures subjected to earthquake and blast loads. He has conducted extensive experimental and analytical research on developing design methodologies for earthquake and blast resistant structures, as well as analytical tools for inelastic behaviour of concrete and reinforced concrete structural elements. His research extends to masonry buildings and the use of fibre reinforced polymers (FRP) in reinforced concrete structures both for retrofitting sub standard structural elements and new structures with internal FRP reinforcement. Dr. Saatcioglu’s research can be grouped into two categories; i) retrofit of existing buildings and bridges that do not conform to the provisions of current codes and standards, and ii) design of new structures. The following are the highlights of Dr. Saatcioglu’s research:

Earthquake Resistant Reinforced Concrete Structures

  • Confinement of compression concrete in columns
  • Displacement-based design of reinforced concrete columns for column confinement
  • Behaviour and design of low-rise reinforced concrete shear walls
  • Retrofit of non-ductile reinforced concrete frame buildings by diagonal steel cables
  • Retrofit of non-ductile reinforced concrete frame buildings by buckling strained braces
  • Retrofit of reinforced concrete columns by transverse prestressing (RetroBelt System)
  • Retrofit of reinforced concrete columns with FRP jackets
  • Retrofit of masonry infill walls by surface-bonded FRP
  • Retrofit of masonry load bearing walls using surface-bonded FRP with or without ductile steel sheet anchors
  • Retrofit of Reinforced concrete and masonry walls with steel strips
  • Performance and design of reinforced concrete elements with welded reinforcement grids as transverse reinforcement
  • Seismic screening and seismic risk studies

Blast Resistant Infrastructure

  • Shock Tube testing of structural and non-structural elements under simulated blast loading
  • Performance and hardening of reinforced concrete columns under blast-induced shock waves
  • Performance and retrofit of reinforced concrete slabs, walls, tilt-up wall panels and columns
  • Blast retrofit of reinforced concrete columns with lateral bracing
  • Strain rate effects on bond strength of steel in concrete
  • Blast performance of masonry walls
  • Blast retrofit of masonry walls with FRP and Polyurea
  • Development of window retention anchors against blast loads
  • Blast risk mitigation

    Development of Analytical Tools

    • Drain RC: Computer software for dynamic inelastic response history and static inelastic analysis (push-over analysis) of reinforced concrete structures with inelastic flexure, shear and anchorage slip springs
    • Confinement model for normal-strength and high-strength concrete
    • Hysteretic models for flexure-axial load interaction, inelastic shear, anchorage slip and FRP reinforced concrete elements
    • SCREEN: Seismic screening software for buildings in Canada
    • CANRISK: Seismic risk analysis of concrete, masonry, timber, and steel buildings with human injury module