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Researcher: Michael Oliva

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Areas of Research Expertise
* Experimental testing of structures
* Structural Testing
* Earthquake Resistance
* Compressive Membran Action
* Arching Action
* Sustainable Building Design
* Analytical techniques for simulating structural behavior or designing structural elements
* Earthquake resistance of precast concrete systems, especially precast shear walls and diaphragm performance and rigidity as influenced by connections
* Developing improved methods for highway bridge design and rapid construction to improve work zone safety and reduce impact on the travelling public
* FRP reinforcing and forming systems, precasting bridge deck elements, developing standard precast bridge substructure systems and building totally precast bridge structures
* Timber structures
Web Site Michael Oliva's University Web page
Curriculum Vitae (CV)
Current/Active Funding
  • University of Wisconsin Foundation, 2003-2099, Camp Randall Stadium
  • Multiple Donors, 2007-2099, Discretionary Research Funding


Issued Patent(s)  
USPTO Published Applications
Recent Publication(s)
  • "Reinforcement-Free Decks Using Modified Strut-and-Tie Model"

Bae HU, Oliva MG, Bank LC, ACI Structural Journal 108(5): 562-571 Sep 2011. This study describes an application of a modified strut-and-tie model (STM) for determining the strength of reinforcement-free bridge decks on concrete wide-flanged girders.

  • "Obtaining optimal performance with reinforcement-free concrete highway bridge decks"

Bae HU, Oliva MG, Bank LC, Engineering Structures 32 (8): 2300-2309 Aug 2010.  This article describes an application of nonlinear finite element modeling (FEM) and analysis in the selection of design details to provide desirable performance in reinforcement-free concrete highway bridge decks.

  • "A model specification for fiber reinforced non-participating permanent formwork panels for concrete bridge deck construction"

Bank LC, Oliva MG, Russell JS et al. Construction and Building 23(7): 2664-2677 July 2009. This paper discusses the development of a model design and construction specification for thin [less than 38 mm (1.5 in.)] non-participating permanent formwork panels (also known as, stay-in-place forms and lost forms) made of FRP or FRC materials with or without non-metallic reinforcements for use in the construction of concrete slabs, in particular, highway bridge decks.

  • "Combined loading of a bridge deck reinforced with a structural FRP stay-in-place form"

Hanus JP, Bank LC, Oliva MG, Construction and Building Materials 23 (4): 1605-1619 Apr 2009. The investigation of a structural fiber-reinforced-polymer (FRP) stay-in-place (SIP) form used to construct and reinforce a deck for a prototype military bridge system is discussed in this paper. Keywords: Polymer Bars; Flexural-Shear; Neutral Axis; Concrete; Combined Loading.

Recent Artistic Works  
  • Alfred Benesch and Co., James W. Carter III
  • Flad and Associates
  • Shockey Industries, Inc.
  • United States Military Academy, Civil & Mechanical Engineering
  • Wisconsin Highway Research Program
  • Wisconsin Transportation Center
  • Wisconsin Structures and Materials Testing Lab
  • Construction and Materials Support Center
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Research Facilities  
E-mail Address [email protected]
Phone Number (608) 262-7241
Current University UW- Madison
Department Civil and Environmental Engineering
Title Professor
Other Appointments  
Address Line 1 1214 Engineering Hall
Address Line 2 1415 Engineering Drive
City Madison
State WI
Zip Code 53706
Bachelor's Degree BS, University of Wisconsin-Madison
Master's Degree MS, University of California-Berkeley
PhD PhD, University of California-Berkeley
Other Degrees
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