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The adventures of a concrete researcher - or how I ended up breaking bridges for a living

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My journey as a researcher

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The adventures of a concrete researcher - or how I ended up breaking bridges for a living

  1. 1.   Eva Lantsoght, Ph.D. 10/5/2016 1
  2. 2.  A bit about working in a Concrete Structures lab  Consider graduate school o Research is a lot of fun  As explained with my story 10/5/2016 2
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  5. 5.  1992: Dirk Frimout  First Belgian in space  Electrical Engineering and applied physics  Engineering studies! 10/5/2016 5
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  7. 7. 10/5/2016 7  Regina Pacis Hove  Studies: Latin-Mathematics (8)  Lacking science education  Graduation Project: History – Politics:  Analyzing the Lebanese Civil War  Part-time music and spoken word/theater
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  9. 9.  2003: Entrance exam (math)  Only 6 universities in BE  General Engineering, BSc level, 2 years 10/5/2016 9
  10. 10.  2005: Civil & Environmental Engineering (specialization)  2006: Reinforced Concrete Design o Only 1 semester o RC I & II, Eurocodes o Difficult material behavior o … but so interesting once it “clicks”  2007: Internship at Establis o Steel design & calculation spreadsheets 10/5/2016 10
  11. 11.  2007: summer job at Ney & Partners o Bridges o Spreadsheets for concrete structures  2008: MSc Thesis on buckling of concrete column o Purely analytical work 10/5/2016 11
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  13. 13.  2008-2009: M.S. in Structural Engineering  Research Project: Punching of RC slabs o Slabs! o Punching!  More analytical work  Funding: BAEF + Fulbright 10/5/2016 13
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  15. 15.  2009-2013: PhD in Civil Engineering  Concrete Structures research group  Research-based PhD  Teaching assistant + guest lecturer 10/5/2016 15
  16. 16.  Experimental work  2,5 years of breaking slabs of 10 ton  156 experiments  Analytical work  Plasticity-based model  Relability analysis of test data  Practical application  Quick Scan with Rijkswaterstaat 10/5/2016 16
  17. 17.  Stevin II Laboratory o Max load 10 MN (1000 ton) o Bridge crane of 12 ton capacity o Structures up to 40 m x 20 m x 8,5 m o 10 climate rooms o Casting room o Drilling and sawing workshop o …. 10/5/2016 17
  18. 18.  Many surprises  Seeing, feeling, understanding the behavior of slabs  Connection between experiments and theory and practice (Ministry) 10/5/2016 18
  19. 19.  Testing big things = team work  Planning  Start analyzing and writing early on  Course-correct where needed  Automate processes o E.g. data processing in Matlab 10/5/2016 19
  20. 20.  5 PhD students on shear at the same time  Great discussions  Helping out in the lab  Significant progress on shear in existing structures 10/5/2016 20
  21. 21. 10/5/2016 21 2010: UK, Denmark 2011: USA (2x), Czech Republic 2012: Italy, Germany, USA 2013: USA (2x), Israel, Netherlands, Japan, South Africa, Australia
  22. 22.  Building up a network o Concrete world o fib, ACI, IABMAS, TRB o Academic network across disciplines • Blog • Twitter  Independence in research 10/5/2016 22
  23. 23.  Science = fun  “The Pleasure of Finding Things Out”  Go where no one has gone before  Autonomy 10/5/2016 23
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  25. 25.  2013 – present  First years: developing courses  Working on publications from PhD Thesis  2013 – 2016: Starting USFQ ICV-Laboratory 10/5/2016 25
  26. 26.  Setting up own research lines: o Existing Bridges o Difficulties: • contact with Ministry of Transportation? • Information is missing • No awareness • Laboratory and tools: limited • No “research group” o Solution: • Desk research • Presentations to raise awareness about existing structures • Service: international committees 10/5/2016 26
  27. 27.  2013 – present: 0,2 fte  Short projects -> Research line  Summer 2013: o Revision of QS spreadsheets for Ministry  Summer 2014: o Fatigue of HSC for new code o Ruytenschildt Bridge test  Breaking bridges 10/5/2016 27
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  29. 29.  Summer 2015: o Study of ASR effect on existing bridges o Proof load test of viaduct Zijlweg o Support in proof loading research 10/5/2016 29
  30. 30.  Summer 2016 o Definition of research line: proof loading o Beam tests + analysis o Analysis of viaduct De Beek proof load test o Thorough literature review o Overview of proof loading research in NL o Draft guidelines o Vechtbrug: Fall 2016 10/5/2016 30
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  32. 32.  Pageviews > 1,5 million  673 published posts  Mostly aimed at PhD students  Most popular post: 20 Tips for Surviving your PhD  http://phdtalk.blogspot.com/2013 /09/20-tips-for-surviving-your- phd.html  Guest writer for other blogs o Recently: Wiley and QS  Support from M&C, TU Delft  Sponsorship AcademicTransfer 10/5/2016 32
  33. 33.  16 journal papers (published and in press) o all as first author  5 special publications (published and in press)  31 conference papers  33 research reports  1 essay  1 book  25 journal and conference papers in Scopus  Reviewer for 9 journals  4 ACI Committees, 2 TRB committees, IABMAS, IALCCE  Scientific Committee IABSE 2017 10/5/2016 33
  34. 34.  A bit about working in a Concrete Structures lab  Consider graduate school o Research is a lot of fun  As explained with my story 10/5/2016 34
  35. 35. Contact: Eva Lantsoght elantsoght@usfq.edu.ec // E.O.L.Lantsoght@tudelft.nl

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