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Students may apply to one or more of the below projects, indicating this in their statement of interest, or they may apply for "Civil Engineering: General," indicating in their statement of interest their skills and background and some faculty with whom they would be interested in working.  Civil Engineering Faculty List

Title Name Email Project Name Project Description Requirements
Assoc. Prof. Sukru Guzey Seismic Design of Aboveground Storage Tanks Cylindrical steel storage tanks are essential parts of infrastructure and industrial facilities used to store liquids. There are millions of welded steel tanks in the world storing flammable and or hazardous liquids in the petroleum, petrochemical, chemical and food industries across the world. Mechanical integrity and safe operation of these tanks very important because failure or loss of containment of such tanks may have catastrophic consequences to the human life and the environment. There are many procedures given in design standards to withstand the possible load effects, such as the hydrostatic pressure of the stored liquid, the external wind pressure, internal and external pressures due to process, and seismic events.
Investigators have a relatively well understanding on the load effects due to the hydrostatic, wind, and external/internal pressures due to process during normal operating levels. However, behavior of large, aboveground, steel, welded, liquid storage tanks under the presence of seismic loads introduce several critical failure criteria to the structure not exhibited during normal operating levels. Although many researchers investigated the liquid containers under dynamic excitations, the research on this subject still active. The bottleneck of this research topic is the intricate interplay between the flexible thin-walled tank wall and bottom, liquid inside the container, and the reinforced concrete or soil foundation supporting the container. Although, are many relatively recent research efforts, there is still a gap to find a viable solution to this problem.
To address this gap, the aim of this work is to perform a study on seismic design of aboveground storage tanks. Dr. Guzey with a team of one doctoral student and one undergraduate PURE student, shall perform analytical and numerical studies to study the behavior of liquid containers under dynamics excitations. We shall conduct numerical experiments using different levels of complexity and fidelity of multi-physics of these containers and compare the results to available analytical solutions, physical tests and current design standards. The undergraduate SURF student will work under the mentorship of Dr. Guzey and a graduate student. The PURE student compile a literature review, perform numerical simulations using FEA computer program ABAQUS, and write scientific research papers and conference presentations.
Statics, Dynamics, Strength of Materials, Structural analysis
Prof. Samuel Labi Developing In-Vehicle Information Systems for Connected Vehicles In-vehicle information systems (IVIS) can provide drivers with a variety of information such as forward collision warning, downstream traffic conditions, and so on. It is expected that the level of complexity of information received by drivers will increase even further in connected environments of the future. Therefore, it is important to design IVIS that can reduce driver distraction while providing relevant information.
In this project, the student will work on designing IVIS and implementing them in the Purdue Driving Simulator Laboratory.
Student should have good programming skills, particularly in Python. Coursework in driver behavior or driver psychology is a plus but not a requirement.
Asst. Prof. Brandon Boor Indoor Air Chemistry Overview of project: we spend 90% of our time indoors where we are surrounded by a complex mixture of air pollutants that can adversely affect our health and well-being.  This project aims to explore how people and building systems shape the chemical composition of indoor air.  Full-scale measurements are being conducted in the Living Laboratories at Purdue, which are precisely controlled office environments.  We are using an extensive array of sensors to track concentrations of different indoor air pollutants, occupancy patterns, and the operational mode of the ventilation system.  You can watch a video on our ongoing indoor air chemistry research here:

Scope of work: you will work under the supervision of a Ph.D. student in conducting full-scale indoor air chemistry experiments at the Purdue Herrick Laboratories.  You will learn how to measure indoor air pollutants using state-of-the-art equipment and analyze the experimental data using MATLAB.

Contribution: You will participate in all experimental work at Purdue and will contribute to data processing and analysis.
Recommended coursework: environmental engineering, fluid mechanics or hydraulics, air pollution, air quality control, heat/mass transfer, building science, HVAC systems, thermodynamics, environmental chemistry.

Skills: MATLAB or Python, experience working in a laboratory environment, internships or co-ops with engineering firms. 

Note: my research group hosted a PURE student in summer 2018 and summer 2019.
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