Kamran M. Nemati's
Teaching and Research Experience
University of Washington, Seattle
(CM 425). An introductory course to the properties and behavior of concrete, focusing
on uses of concrete as a building material and new techniques for concrete construction.
Properties of concrete in fresh state, in early age state, and in hardened state; strength, elastic behavior, creep, shrinkage, and
durability to chemical and physical attacks; chemical admixtures, mineral admixtures, mix designs,
the use of maturity meters; and recent advancements in concrete technology such as: high-strength,
high-workability, and high-performance concrete; fiber-reinforced concrete, and roller-compacted concrete.
Departments of Construction Management and
Civil and Environmental Engineering
September 1998 - Present
Soils and Foundations
(CM 432). Origin, classification, and physical properties of soil as used in engineering
and construction applications, together with loads and stresses of soil on, and from, the
more common types of engineering structures.
Computer Applications in Construction
(CM 422). Introduction to the use of automated programs for planning, scheduling, and
controlling construction projects. Focused on the use of Primavera Project Planner and Timberline
Cost Estimating softwares.
Advanced Construction Techniques
(CM 510). Study of techniques and practices used in complex construction projects, including industrial and high-rise structures,
deep foundations, dams and bridges, tunnelling and shotcretes, and other complex construction issues.
Temporary Structures (CM 580). Study of materials, methods, and techniques
associated with temporary structures used in various construction operations, such as
concrete formwork, scaffolding, underpinning, cofferdams, slurry trenches, earth-retaining structures,
and dewatering systems.
Application of Bayesian statistical framework to construct probabilistic models for the elastic modulus of concrete.
Influence of admixtures and curing conditions on the modulus of elasticity of concrete
As an invited visiting professor, taught graduate courses on advanced topics in civil engineering.
Investigating fracture mechanics of concrete. Topics of investigation include:
using the molten metal alloy injection method to investigate fractures
of concrete, application of stereology to analyze compressive stress-induced
microcracks in concrete, fracture analysis of concrete using scanning electron
microscopy, effect of confinement on the fracture behavior of concrete
under compression, and development of micromechanical models to simulate
crack growth in concrete.
Mechanics of Solids
(Engineering 309). Introduction to the mechanics of deformable solids;
elastic and ultimate resistance of materials; stress and deformation analysis
for bars, shafts, beams, and columns; combined stresses; energy methods;
statically indeterminate systems; elastic stability and buckling.
(Engineering 426). Behavior and design of structural members and
connections using Load and Resistance Factor Design (LRFD) methods: tension
members, compression members, beams and beam-columns; typical shear and
moment connections, welded and bolted. Behavior and characteristics of
steel structural systems.
Structures (Engineering 425). Introduction to materials
and methods of reinforced concrete construction; behavior and design of
reinforced concrete beams and one-way slabs considering deflections, flexure,
shear and anchorage; behavior and design of columns including slenderness
effects; design of spread footings; design of lateral load resisting frames
and walls for earthquake effects.
Applied finite element code "DIANA"
(DIsplacement method ANAlyser) to fracture mechanics of concrete. In particular
modeled the pullout effect of reinforcement in reinforced concrete.
Teaching Civil Engineering Materials (CE 115). The course covered origin,
manufacture, and processing of such construction materials as asphalt,
cement, concrete, steel, polymers, and wood. The course involves discussion
and laboratory analysis and evaluation of such properties of these materials
as elasticity, plasticity, fracture, and porosity under a wide range of
thermal and environmental conditions.
Served as a teaching assistant for the courses of Properties of Civil Engineering
Materials, Advanced Concrete Construction, Polymers in Engineering, and
Fire Protection Engineering. As a research assistant conducted laboratory
experiments preserving compressive stress-induced microcracks in concrete
under load using Wood's metal.
Applied Scanning Electron Microscopy (SEM) and Kontron interactive image
analysis system to study the fractures in concrete. Using backscatter images
obtained from scanning electron microscopy, employed advanced image analysis
techniques to investigate crack interaction, orientation, density, length,
branching, and interfacial cracking in concrete under different loading
and confining conditions.
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