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Yahya Kurama

Yahya C. Kurama

Professor and Associate Chair

Department of Civil & Environmental Engineering & Earth Sciences

Professor and Associate Chair
College of Engineering

Email: ykurama@nd.edu

Phone: 574-631-8377

Office: 156 Fitzpatrick Hall

Biography

Yahya C. Kurama received his B.S. in civil engineering (1990) from Bogazici University, Istanbul, Turkey, and his M.S. (1993) and Ph.D. (1997) in civil engineering from Lehigh University, Bethlehem, Pennsylvania. Dr. Kurama is a registered engineer in Indiana. He is a recipient of the University of Notre Dame Rev. Edmund P. Joyce, C.S.C. Award for Excellence in Undergraduate Teaching in 2008, Precast/Prestressed Concrete Institute (PCI) Young Educator Achievement Award in 2005, co-recipient of the American Society of Civil Engineers (ASCE) T.Y. Lin Award in 2003, and co-recipient of the PCI Martin P. Korn Award in 2002. He was a faculty fellow of the Kaneb Center for Teaching & Learning at the University of Notre Dame in 2010-2011. He received a National Science Foundation (NSF) CAREER Award in 1998. Dr. Kurama is a member of American Concrete Institute (ACI) Committees on Performance-Based Seismic Design of Concrete Buildings, Precast Concrete Structures, and Concrete with Recycled Materials; ASCE Composite Construction Committee; and PCI Seismic and Student Education Committees. He also serves as an associate editor for the ASCE Journal of Structural Engineering.

Recent Papers

Smith, B., Kurama, Y., and McGinnis, M., “Behavior of Precast Concrete Shear Walls for Seismic Regions: Comparison of Hybrid and Emulative Specimens,” J. of Structural Engineering. (in print)

Knaack, A. and Kurama, Y., “Design of Concrete Mixtures with Recycled Concrete Aggregates,” ACI Materials J. (in print)

O’Donnell,  A., Kurama, Y., Kalkan, E., Taflanidis, A., Beltsar,  O., “Experimental Evaluation of Ground Motion Scaling Methods for Structures with Limited Nonlinearity,” Earthquake Engineering and Structural Dynamics. (in print)

Jiang, H. and Kurama, Y., “Parametric Evaluation and Retrofit of Older Medium-Rise Reinforced Concrete Shear Walls Under Lateral Loads,” Engineering Structures, Elsevier. (in print)

Barbachyn, B., Kurama, Y., and Novak, L. “Analytical Evaluation of Diagonally-Reinforced Concrete Coupling Beams under Lateral Loads,” ACI Structural J., Vol. 109, No. 4, July 2012, pp. 497-508.

Walsh, K. and Kurama, Y., “Effects of Loading Conditions on the Behavior of Unbonded Post-Tensioning Strand-Anchorage Systems,” PCI J., Precast/Prestressed Concrete Institute, Vol. 57. No. 1, Winter 2012, pp 76-96.

Weldon, B. and Kurama, Y., “Analytical Modeling and Design Validation of Posttensioned Precast Concrete Coupling Beams for Seismic Regions,” J. of Structural Engineering, Vol. 138, No. 2, February 2012, pp. 224-234.

Smith, B., Kurama, Y., and McGinnis, M., “Design and Measured Behavior of a Hybrid Precast Concrete Wall Specimen for Seismic Regions,” J. of Structural Engineering, Vol. 137, No. 10, October 2011, pp. 1052-1062.

Knaack, A., Kurama, Y., Kirkner, D., “Stress-Strain Relationships for Concrete Under Elevated Temperatures,” ACI Materials J., Vol. 108, No. 3, May-June 2011, pp. 270-280.

Weldon, B. and Kurama, Y., “Experimental Evaluation of Post-Tensioned Precast Concrete Coupling Beams,” J. of Structural Engineering, Vol. 136, No. 9, September 2010, pp. 1066-1077.

Jiang, H. and Kurama, Y., “Analytical Modeling of Medium-Rise Reinforced Concrete Shear Walls,” ACI Structural J., Vol. 107, No. 4, July-August 2010, pp. 400-410.

El-Tawil, S., Harries, K., Shahrooz, B., Fortney, P., and Kurama, Y. “Seismic Design of Hybrid Coupled Wall Systems: State of the Art,” J. of Structural Engineering, Vol. 136, No. 7, July 2010, pp. 755-769.

Knaack, A., Kurama, Y., Kirkner, D., “Compressive Strength Relationships for Concrete Under Elevated Temperatures,” ACI Materials J., Vol. 107, No. 2, March-April 2010, pp. 164-175.

Walsh, K. and Kurama, Y., “Behavior of Unbonded Post-Tensioning Monostrand Anchorage Systems Under Monotonic Tensile Loading,” PCI J., Precast/Prestressed Concrete Institute, Vol. 55, No. 1, Winter 2010, pp. 97-117.

Morgen, B. and Kurama, Y., “Characterization of Two Friction Interfaces for Use in Seismic Damper Applications,” Materials and Structures, Vol. 42, No. 1, Jan. 2009, pp. 35-49.

Kim, S.-P. and Kurama, Y., “An Alternative Pushover Analysis Method to Estimate Seismic Displacement Demands,” Engineering Structures, Elsevier, Vol. 30, Dec. 2008, pp. 3793-3807.

Kurama, Y. and Shen, Q., “Seismic Response Evaluation of Unbonded Post-Tensioned Hybrid Coupled Wall Structures,” Earthquake Engineering and Structural Dynamics, Vol. 37, No. 14, Nov. 2008, pp. 1677-1702.

Morgen, B. and Kurama, Y., “Seismic Response Evaluation of Post-Tensioned Precast Concrete Frames with Friction Dampers,” J. of Structural Engineering, Vol. 134, No. 1, January 2008, pp. 132-145.

Morgen, B. and Kurama, Y., “Seismic Design of Friction-Damped Precast Concrete Frame Structures,” J. of Structural Engineering, Vol. 133, No. 11, November 2007, pp. 1501-1511.

Weldon, B. and Kurama, Y., “Nonlinear Behavior of Precast Concrete Coupling Beams,” J. of Structural Engineering, Vol. 133, No. 11, November 2007, pp. 1571-1581.

Kurama, Y., Weldon, B., and Shen, Q., “Experimental Evaluation of Post-Tensioned Hybrid Coupled Wall Subassemblages,” J. of Structural Engineering, Vol. 132, No. 7, July 2006, pp. 1017-1029.

Shen, Q., Kurama, Y., and Weldon, B., “Seismic Design and Analytical Modeling of Post-Tensioned Hybrid Coupled Wall Subassemblages,” J. of Structural Engineering, Vol. 132, No. 7, July 2006, pp. 1030-1040.

Kurama, Y., “Seismic Design of Partially Post-Tensioned Precast Concrete Walls,” PCI J., Precast/Prestressed Concrete Institute, Vol. 50, No. 4, July-August 2005, pp. 100-125.

Farrow, K. and Kurama, Y., “SDOF Displacement Ductility Demands Based on Smooth Ground Motion Response Spectra,” Engineering Structures, Elsevier, Vol. 26, No. 12, October 2004, pp. 1713-1733.

Morgen, B. and Kurama, Y., “A Friction Damper for Post-Tensioned Precast Concrete Moment Frames,” PCI J., Precast/Prestressed Concrete Institute, Vol. 49, No. 4, July-August 2004, pp. 112-133.

Kurama, Y. and Shen, Q., “Post-Tensioned Hybrid Coupled Walls Under Lateral Loads,” J. of Structural Engineering, Vol. 130, No. 2, February 2004, pp. 297-309.

Kurama, Y. and Farrow, K., “Ground Motion Scaling Methods for Different Site Conditions and Structure Characteristics,” Earthquake Engineering and Structural Dynamics, Vol. 32, No. 15, December 2003, pp. 2425-2450.

Farrow, K. and Kurama, Y., “SDOF Demand Index Relationships for Performance-Based Seismic Design,” Earthquake Spectra, Earthquake Engineering Research Institute, Vol. 19, No. 4, November 2003, pp. 799-838.

Jiang, H., Kurama, Y., and Fanella, D., “WWW-Based Virtual Laboratories for Reinforced Concrete Education,” Computer Applications in Engineering Education, Vol. 10, No. 4, February 2003, pp. 167-181.

Shen, Q. and Kurama, Y., “Nonlinear Behavior of Post-Tensioned Hybrid Coupled Wall Subassemblages,” J. of Structural Engineering, Vol. 128, No. 10, Oct. 2002, pp. 1290-1300.

Kurama, Y., “Hybrid Post-Tensioned Precast Concrete Walls for Use in Seismic Regions,” PCI J., Precast/Prestressed Concrete Institute, Vol. 47, No. 5, September-October 2002, pp. 36-59.

Kurama, Y., Sause, R., Pessiki, S., and Lu, L.W., “Seismic Response Evaluation of Unbonded Post-Tensioned Precast Walls,” ACI Structural J., Vol. 99, No. 5, September-October 2002, pp. 641-651.

Allen, M. and Kurama, Y., “Design of Rectangular Openings in Precast Walls Under Combined Vertical and Lateral Loads,” PCI J., Precast/Prestressed Concrete Institute, Vol. 47, No. 2, March-April 2002, pp. 58-83.

Allen, M. and Kurama, Y., “Design of Rectangular Openings in Precast Walls Under Vertical Loads,” PCI J., Precast/Prestressed Concrete Institute, Vol. 47, No. 1, January-February 2002, pp. 50-67.

Kurama, Y., “Simplified Seismic Design Approach for Friction-Damped Unbonded Post-Tensioned Precast Walls,” ACI Structural J., Vol. 98, No. 5, September-October 2001, pp. 705-716.

Kurama, Y., “Seismic Design of Unbonded Post-Tensioned Precast Walls with Supplemental Viscous Damping,” ACI Structural J., Vol. 97, No. 4, July-August 2000, pp. 648-658.

Kurama, Y., Sause, R., Pessiki, S., and Lu, L.W., “Lateral Load Behavior and Seismic Design of Unbonded Post-Tensioned Precast Concrete Walls,” ACI Structural J., Vol. 96, No. 4, July-August 1999, pp. 622-632.

Kurama, Y., Pessiki, S., Sause, R., and Lu, L.W., “Seismic Behavior and Design of Unbonded Post-Tensioned Precast Concrete Walls,” PCI J., Precast/ Prestressed Concrete Institute, Vol. 44, No. 3, May-June 1999, pp. 72-89.

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Summary of Activities/Interests

Dr. Kurama's research interests include the behavior and design of concrete building structures under extreme loading. A significant focus of his research is on the development of new and innovative types of precast concrete frame and wall structures for seismic regions. These structures utilize unbonded post-tensioning to connect precast structural components in the field, to result in a building system that can not only survive a large earthquake but also sustain relatively small damage. The various types of activities conducted under this research program include large-scale testing of structural components and subassemblies, as well as seismic design and nonlinear analytical investigations.

In the area of earthquake engineering, Dr. Kurama is also interested in the displacement and acceleration demands exerted on building structures from earthquake loading. The ground motion itself is the most important variable governing the outcome and amount of uncertainty from the nonlinear response of structures. Current research at the University of Notre Dame is conducting a large number of small-scale shake-table experiments of re-configurable nonlinear structural models using an exhaustive set of ground motion records. This research will shed light into seismic demand quantification as well as the selection and modification of ground motion records to obtain accurate and efficient estimates of the median demands.

Another research thrust area that Dr. Kurama has been working on is the structural behavior and design of reinforced concrete buildings under fire loading. Current structural design in the U.S. does not consider fire as a design condition, as it does the effects of dead loads, live loads, wind loads, and earthquake loads. As such, the available design methods and analysis tools cannot be used to evaluate the structural performance of a building under a prescribed fire scenario. In accordance with the research need in this area, full-scale experiments of concrete building assemblies are conducted under gravity and fire loading. Ultimately, these test results will be used to develop design and analysis guidelines for these structures.

A more recent focus area for Dr. Kurama's research involves the use of recycled concrete aggregates in structural concrete applications. The amount of crushed stone, sand, and gravel produced in the U.S. accounts for more than half of all mining. These operations consume vast amounts of energy and negatively impact the ecology of forested areas and riverbeds. By using recycled coarse aggregates derived from demolished infrastructure to supplement virgin aggregates in new construction, it would be possible to substantially improve the resource productivity of the concrete industry. The current research project is conducting a comprehensive series of experiments to investigate the effects of using significant amounts of recycled aggregates from various sources as coarse aggregate replacement in reinforced concrete structures.

News

Kurama Named PCI 2014 Distinguished Educator

August 20, 2014

The Precast/Prestressed Concrete Institute (PCI) has named Yahya Kurama, professor and associate chair of the Department of Civil & Environmental Engineering & Earth Sciences, the 2014 Distinguished Educator. Kurama was recognized for his education/teaching record, industry participation and research, much of which has focused on the development of new and innovative types of high-performing precast concrete building structures for seismic regions.

Faculty Awards Honor Exemplary Work in Undergraduate Teaching and Advising

May 1, 2013

Eighteen University of Notre Dame faculty members have received Rev. Edmund P. Joyce, C.S.C., Awards for Excellence in Undergraduate Teaching and three faculty have been honored with Dockweiler Awards for Excellence in Undergraduate Advising.

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