Professor Lance Manuel

George & Dawn L. Coleman Centennial Fellow in Engineering
Mechanics, Uncertainty, and Simulation in Engineering (MUSE)
Dept. of Civil, Architectural, and Environmental Engineering

The University of Texas At Austin

Office ECJ 4.718
Phone 512-232-5691
Fax 512-471-0592

    Bachelor of Technology (B.Tech.) - IIT (Bombay)

    Master of Science (M.S.) - University of Virginia
    Doctor of Philosophy (Ph.D.) - Stanford University

Courses that I teach
    Probability and Statistics for Civil Engineers - CE 311S [Fall 2000, Fall 2001, Spring 2003, Fall 2004, Fall 2006, Fall 2008, Fall 2010, Fall 2012, Fall 2014*]

    Structural Analysis - CE 329 [Fall 2003, Fall 2004, Spring 2006, Spring 2007, Fall 2007, Fall 2009, Fall 2010, Fall 2011, Fall 2013, Spring 2015*]
    Advanced Structural Analysis - CE 363 [Fall 1999, Fall 2000, Fall 2001, Fall 2002, Fall 2003, Fall 2007, Fall 2009, Fall 2012]
    Dynamic Response of Structures - CE 384P [Spring 2000, Spring 2001, Spring 2002, Spring 2004, Spring 2005, Spring 2006, Spring 2008,
                                                                Spring 2010, Spring 2011, Spring 2013, Spring 2015*]
Structural Reliability - CE 384S [Summer 2000, Fall 2002, Fall 2006, Fall 2008, Fall 2013]
    Wind Engineering - CE 397 [Fall 2011]

CLICK HERE >>> for my research group's work related to wind turbines ...

... and to other research not related to wind turbines

NSF (National Science Foundation)
The role of input energy in assessing seismic hazard and damage following the 1999 Turkey earthquakes

USGS (United States Geological Survey)
Correlation of Damage of Steel Moment-Resisting Frames to a Vector-valued Ground Motion Parameter Set that includes Energy Demands
    USGS Interim Report summarizing some early results (October 2003)
    USGS Final Report summarizing our results (March 2005)
    Paper from ICOSSAR 2005 Conference (June 2005)

TxDOT (Texas Department of Transportation)

    1. Guidelines for inspection of fracture-critical steel trapezoidal girders [with Karl Frank]

          TRB 2003 Paper summarizing some of our results
          ICASP 2003 paper summarizing some of our results
          Final Project Report: FHWA/TX-04/0-2135-1 (October 2003)
          Project Summary 0-2135-S September 2004)
          ICASP 2005 paper summarizing some of our results
          TRB 2006 Paper summarizing some of our results
          ASCE Journal of Bridge Engineering, Vol. 11, No. 3, May/June 2006
    2. Development of a new methodology for characterizing pavement structural condition
        for network-level application [with Zhanmin Zhang]
TRB 2003 Paper summarizing some of our results
        TxDOT Project Summary Report
        TxDOT Report - Development of a New Methodology for Characterizing Pavement Structural Condition for Network-Level Application

    3. Revision of AASHTO fatigue design loadings for signs, luminaires, and traffic signal structures,
        for use in Texas [with Karl Frank and Sharon Wood]
        TxDOT Project Summary Report
        TxDOT Report - Field Tests and Analytical Studies of the Dynamic Behavior and the Onset of Galloping in Traffic Signal Structures
        TxDOT Report - Field Testing of Cantilevered Traffic Signal Structures under Truck-Induced Gust Loads

    4. Vessel impact on bridges [with Loukas Kallivokas and Eric Williamson]         
        TxDOT Project Summary Report
        TxDOT Report - A Probabilistic Analysis of the Frequency of Bridge Collapses due to Vessel Impact

    5. Evaluation of equipment, methods and pavement design implications for Texas
        conditions of the AASHTO 2002 axle-load spectra traffic methodology
        [with Jorge Prozzi, Michael Walton, and Zhanmin Zhang].
        TRB 2005 Paper summarizing some recent results

AISI (American Iron and Steel Institute)
    Analysis of structural plate mechanical properties: statistical variability and
    implications in structural reliability [with Karl Frank]
    Final AISI report (Structural Analysis of Structural Plate Mechanical Properties) is
    available at the AISI web site (January 2003)

Structural Control - Reliability Issues
    Investigating the repeatability of performance of control systems subject to seismic excitation

Students currently working with me on research projects
Graduate - Ph.D.
Jae Sang Moon
Eungsoo Kim
Ying-Chuan Chen

Graduate - M.S.
Jinsong Liu
Edwin Thomas
Jiaqi Wang

Undergraduate - B.S.
Brandon D. Comisarenco
Emily Tat

Visitors in research group (past and present)
Dr. Weimin Chen, Associate Professor, Chinese Academy of Sciences (May to November 2012)
Mr. Dilnei Schmidt, Engineer, Petrobras, Brazil, Doctoral Student (February 2013 to February 2014)
Dr. Lars Vabbersgaard Andersen, Associate Professor, Aalborg University, Denmark (July and August 2014)
Dr. Young Wook Lee, Associate Professor, Kunsan National University, Korea (current, since July 2014)

Students who have recently worked with me on research projects
Graduate - Ph.D.
Ali Sarı, December 2003 (dissertation available here) ... now at Technip, Houston
Hsin-Yang Chung, May 2004 (dissertation available upon request) ... now on faculty at National Cheng Kung University, Taiwan

Korn Saranyasoontorn, May 2006 (dissertation available here) ... now at BP, Houston
Puneet Agarwal, August 2008 (dissertation available here) ... now at Stress Engineering Services, Inc., Houston
Chen Shi, August 2011 (dissertation available upon request) ... now at Genesis Oil and Gas, Houston
Hieu Huy Nguyen, August 2012 (dissertation available upon request) ... now at Technip, Houston

Graduate - M.S.
Paiboon Lertwongkornkit, May 2001 (report available here) ... now at Carter Holt Harvey, Thailand
Wasan Patwichaichote, August 2001 (thesis available here) ... now with Thai Military
Somchat Suwan, December 2002 (thesis available here) ... now with Arup, Houston, Texas
Luke Nelson, May 2003 (thesis available here) ... now with Datum Engineers, Austin, Texas
Sridhar Baldava, August 2004 (thesis available here) ... now with Walter P. Moore Engineers & Consultants, Austin, Texas
Kenneth Berlin, May 2005 (thesis available here) ... now with Haynes Whaley Associates, Reston, Virginia
Micah Florea, May 2005 (thesis available here) ... now with Pacific Engineering and Design, Wenatchee, Washington
Matthew Albert, May 2006 (thesis available here) ... now with Haynes Whaley Associates, Houston, Texas
Tanapat Srivilairit, August 2006 (thesis available here) ... now with Bechtel, Houston, Texas
Patrick Ragan, May 2007 (thesis available here) ... now with Halvorson and Partners - Structural Engineers, Chicago, Illinois
Erica Bush, August 2009 (thesis available here) ... now with Ensoft, Inc., Austin, Texas
Chungwook Sim, August 2009 (thesis available here) ... now Ph.D. student at Purdue University
Abhinav Sultania, August 2010 ... now at Atkins, Houston
Himanshu Arora, May 2011 ... now at BP, Houston
Jinkyoo Park, August 2011 ... now Ph.D. student at Stanford University
Phanisri Pradeep Pratapa, December 2011 ... now Ph.D. student at Georgia Tech
Woo Young Kim, May 2013 ... now at Sofec, Inc., Houston
Watsamon Sahasakkul, August 2014 ... now at Technip, Houston
Mohit Soni, August 2014 ... now at Aqualis, Houston

Undergraduate - B.S.
Aaron Sterns, Academic Year 2002-03 (report available here)
Brenda Guerra, Academic Year 2003-04
Victoria McCammon, Summer 2004
Martin Regner, Summer 2004
Efren Dominguez, Summer 2004
Michael Warren, Spring 2005
Christopher Wright, Academic Year 2005-06 (report available here)
Liliam Fernandez, Summer 2007, Academic Year 2007-08
Denise Trevi
ño, Academic Year 2007-08
Sergio Flores, Summer 2008, Academic Year 2008-09
Azrin Amin, Academic Year 2008-09
Hua Liu, Academic Year 2009-10
Alexandra Houston, Academic Year 2009-10
Jae Lee, Academic Year 2009-10
Anthony Garcia, Academic Year 2010-11
Zahra Bhora, Academic Years 2009-10, 2010-11
Priscilla Nguyen, Academic Year 2012-13
Kate Spiesman (Harvey Mudd College), Summer 2013
Wiley Jennings, Academic Year 2013-14

Selected Publications

Earthquake-related Research (Seismic hazard, ground motion, structure performance, etc.)

Offshore Structures
Engineering Mechanics 2000 Conference
Probabilistic Mechanics 2000 Conference
Journal of Offshore Mechanics and Arctic Engineering
    (ASME, Volume 123 (3), pp. 112-117, Aug. 2001)
Journal of Offshore Mechanics and Arctic Engineering
    (ASME, 131(2), 021101, May 2009 (11 pages), DOI:10.1115/1.3058684)
Journal of Offshore Mechanics and Arctic Engineering
    (ASME, 134(3), 031802, August 2012 (10 pages), DOI:10.1115/1.4005193)
Wind Energy
    (January 2013, DOI:10.1002/we.1569)
Journal of Offshore Mechanics and Arctic Engineering
    (ASME, 136(3), 031402, August 2014 (10 pages), DOI:10.1115/1.4027654)
Journal of Offshore Mechanics and Arctic Engineering
    (ASME, 136(3), 031702, August 2014 (8 pages), DOI:10.1115/1.4027292)

ISOPE 2006 Conference - On the Use of Empirical Orthogonal Decomposition of Field Data to Study Deepwater Current Profiles for Risers

ISOPE 2006 Conference - Identification and Analysis of Vortex-Induced Vibrations of a Drilling Riser using Empirical and Spectral Procedures
OMAE 2007 Conference - Vortex-Induced Vibration and Coincident Current Velocity Profiles for a Deepwater Drilling Riser
OMAE 2007 Conference - Empirical Wind Turbine Load Distributions using Field Data
OMAE 2007 Conference - Simulation of Offshore Wind Turbine Response for Extreme Limit States
OMAE 2008 Conference - The Influence of Foundation Modeling Assumptions on Long-Term Load Prediction for Offshore Wind Turbines
OMAE 2008 Conference - On the Modeling of Nonlinear Waves for Prediction of Long-Term Offshore Wind Turbine Loads
OMAE 2009 Conference - The Influence of Foundation Modeling Assumptions on Long-Term Load Prediction for Offshore Wind Turbines
OMAE 2009 Conference - Modeling Nonlinear Irregular Waves in Reliability Studies for Offshore Wind Turbines
OMAE 2010 Conference - On the Vortex-Induced Vibration Response of a Model Riser and Location of Sensors for Fatigue Damage Prediction
OMAE 2010 Conference - Alternative Empirical Procedures for Fatigue Damage Rate Estimation of Instrumented Risers undergoing Vortex-Induced Vibration
OMAE 2011 Conference - A Data-Driven Mode Identification Algorithm for Fatigue Damage Assessment in Instrumented Marine Risers
OMAE 2011 Conference - Empirical Procedures for Long-Term Prediction of Fatigue Damage for an Instrumented Marine Riser
OMAE 2011 Conference - Long-Term Reliability Analysis of a Spar Buoy-Supported Floating Offshore Wind Turbine [*Best Paper Award]
OMAE 2012 Conference - A Framework for Hurricane Risk Assessment of Offshore Wind Farms
OMAE 2013 Conference - On the Extreme Rotor and Support Structure Response of an Offshore Wind Turbine in an Evolving Hurricane
OMAE 2013 Conference - Irregular Nonlinear Wave Simulation and Associated Loads on Offshore Wind Turbines
OMAE 2014 Conference - Fatigue Reliability Assessment for Brace-Column Details in a Semi-Submersible Hull
OMAE 2014 Conference - Implied Reliability Levels in Different Models for Offshore Wind Turbines
OMAE 2014 Conference - Simulation of Nonlinear Waves on Offshore Wind Turbines and Associated Fatigue Load Assessment

Engineering Education

ASEE Gulf-Southwest Section Annual (2001) Conference


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Last updated 09/07/14