Petros Sideris

Assistant Professor
Zachry Department of Civil Engineering (CE)
Texas A&M University

Division: Construction - Geotech - Structures
Area: Structures 

Room 710B, Dwight Look Engineering Building (DLEB)
Email : petros.sideris@tamu.edu

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In this website, you will find information about my research group, research interests, teaching activities, and publications.  
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  • New Research Position for a Ph.D. Student starting in Fall 2018 (Please see details here)
  • 2017/12: The paper "Capacity Spectrum Seismic Design Methodology for Bridges with Hybrid Sliding-Rocking (HSR) Columns” co-authored by S. Madhusudhanan and P. Sideris is now accepted for publication in the ASCE Journal of Bridge Engineering.
  • 2017/10: Prof. P. Sideris joined the Texas A&M Energy Institute to pursue research on energy harvesting from structural vibrations. See his profile here.
  • 2017/08: Prof. P. Sideris and Prof. M. Hubler, both from the University of Colorado - Boulder, were awarded a grant of $400,461 from the NIST Disaster Resilience Research Program (see announcement here) for their proposal entitled "Integrating Aging Effects in Performance-Based Seismic Design and Assessment of Reinforced Concrete Structures". Prof. Sideris will conduct his part of the research at Texas A&M, which he will be joining this Fall 2017.
  • 2017/05: A video from Denver Water in reference to the Spring 2017 Senior Design Project (CVEN 4899)  which Prof. Sideris (Structural) co-instructed together with Profs. Shideh Dashti (Geotechical), Balaji Ragagopalan (Water) and Matt Morris (Lead Instructor, Construction) is available here! All teams did a great job!
  • 2017/05: The course on CVEN 5835 - Experimental Methods in Structural Engineering has been completed. Both teams did a great job. Team Mykonos investigated reinforcement splicing at the plastic hinge location. Team Santorini investigated the response of a shear-critical column. Both teams conducted "large-scale" testing and design and constructed their specimens. See photos here!
  • 2017/04Congratulations to Greg Conroy, who successfully defended his M.S. Thesis entitled "Design of Structures for Wind Vibration Energy Harvesting and Seismic Vibration Mitigation".

  • 2017/04: Prof. Sideris has been selected as an ASCE ExCEEd Fellow to attend the 2017 ASCE ExCEEd Teaching Workshop at Florida Gulf Coast University this coming June!
  • 2017/04: Prof. Sideris attended the 2017 ASCE Structures Congress (April 6 - 8, Denver, CO), where he organized, together with Prof. S. Kunnath (UC-Davis), a technical session entitled "Challenges in Modeling Collapse of Reinforced Concrete Structures". Prof. Sideris also made a presentation on "Robust Modeling of Strain Softening and Collapse of RC Frames and Bridges using the Gradient Inelastic Beam-Column Element Formulation" co-authored by M. Salehi, P. Sideris and A.B. Liel!
  • 2017/01: Prof. Sideris attended the 16th World Conference on Earthquake Engineering and presented two papers:
    • "Experimental Cyclic Response of RC Columns with Debonded Longitudinal Reinforcement in the Plastic Hinge Region" co-authored by M.T. Nikoukalam and P. Sideris
    • "Seismic Collapse Analysis of RC Framed Structures Using the Gradient Inelastic Force-Based Element Formulation" co-authored by M. Salehi, P. Sideris and A.B. Liel
  • 2016/07/08Congratulations to Sreenivas Madhusudhanan, who successfully defended his M.S. Thesis research. Mr. Madhusudhanan developed a capacity-spectrum design method for Hybrid Sliding-Rocking (HSR) bridge columns.
  • 2016/05/04: Group Lunch at the end of the semester! From left to right: M. Nikoukalam, H. McElroy, M. Salehi, S. Madhusudhanan, G. Conroy, Prof. Sideris and B. Bowman.

  • 2016/04Congratulations to Brandon Bowman, who successfully defended his M.S. Thesis research. Mr. Bowman investigated different modeling techniques for the dynamic analysis of post-tensioned rocking bridge columns.
  • 2016/02: A paper entitled "Low-Damage Post-Tensioned Segmental Bridge Columns with Flexible End Joints for Seismic Accelerated Bridge Construction” co-authored by Nikoukalam, M.T. and Sideris, P. has now been accepted for publication in the Transportation Research Record (TRR), Journal of the Transportation Research Board.
  • 2016/01: Prof. P. Sideris presented a paper entitled "Low-Damage Post-Tensioned Segmental Bridge Columns with Flexible End Joints for Seismic Accelerated Bridge Construction" authored by Nikoukalam, M.T. and Sideris, P. at the 2016 TRB Annual meeting.
  • 2015/12/10Congratulations to Harry McElroy, who successfully defended his M.S. project research. Harry investigated the development of a shake table for large-scale testing at the University of Colorado-Boulder.
  • 2015/12/4Congratulations to Alexander Sutherland, who successfully defended his M.S. project research. Alex investigated the effect of vehicular collision loads on HSR bridge columns.
  • 2015/12: Mohammad Nikoukalam gave a presentation entitled "Low-Damage Post-Tensioned Segmental Bridge Columns with Flexible End Joints for Seismic Accelerated Bridge Construction and Retrofit" authored by Nikoukalam, M. and Sideris, P. in the 2015 Accelerated Bridge Construction Conference in Miami, FL.   
  • 2015/11: Mohammad Nikoukalam completed a large-scale test at the Structures and Materials Testing Laboratory (SMTL) under the supervision of Prof. Sideris. Mohammad's test investigated the effect of partial debonding of the longitudinal reinforcement at the location of the plastic hinge on the performance of reinforced concrete (RC) columns. The testing program included quasi-static cyclic testing of three nearly full-scale RC columns. 
M. Nikoukalam (center), D. Carpenter (red hat) and P. Sideris (yellow hat)

  • 2015/11: Prof. Sideris' Research Group made two oral presentations in the 2015 ACI Convention in Denver, CO.
  • 2015/04: Prof. Sideris became a member of the AFF-50 Standing Committee on Seismic Design and Performance of Bridges of the Transportation Research Board of the National Academies.
    • 2015/04: Prof. Sideris has been selected as a 2014 Outstanding Reviewer for the ASCE Journal of Structural Engineering.