Then you’ve got a lot in common with the cables that hold up our bridges and roofs
Structural cable fatigue is the topic of the March 2 presentation of Purdue University Northwest’s School of Engineering Distinguished Speaker Series
From icy weather to wind-induced vibrations, structural cables need to function in all kinds of conditions. They also have to be able to handle the fatigue that comes from doing their job—because our lives may depend upon how they hold up literally and figuratively.
According to Christos Georgakis, the second speaker in the Purdue University Northwest’s School of Engineering Distinguished Speaker Series, structural cables can often be found in places with high pedestrian or vehicular traffic—and since they are exposed to the elements, engineers face complex issues, including risk mitigation, when deploying them.
His presentation about “the surprisingly complex structural cable” and the impact of aerodynamics and icing on structural fatigue will take place at 10 a.m., Friday, March 2 on the Purdue University Northwest Hammond Campus at the Center for Innovation through Visualization and Simulation (CIVS) Center (6937 Woodmar Ave., Powers Building, Rm. 115). The event is free and open to the public.
Georgakis is currently Professor of Structural Dynamics and Monitoring at Aarhus University in Denmark, having previously held the same position at the Technical University of Denmark (DTU). He is also co-director and partner of the specialist engineering consultancy Brincker and Georgakis ApS. The 2009 recipient of the Reinholdt W. Jorck Award, he is the author of many journal articles and co-author of the book “Cable Supported Bridges, Concept and Design.” His current research work focuses on structural dynamics, aerodynamics and vibration control.
The Distinguished Speaker Series of Purdue University Northwest’s School of Engineering will continue on March 30 with Dr. Wenliang Du, who will discuss issues related to Android security, followed by Dr. Pravin Varaiya (April 20), talking about self-driving cars and the need for “intelligent infrastructure.” For more information on the speakers and their presentations, visit the Distinguished Speaker Series event page.
The School of Engineering at Purdue University Northwest is recognized for its expertise in mechanical, civil, computer, and electrical engineering. In 2018, U.S. News ranked the school No. 26 among the Best Engineering Programs in the U.S., of engineering schools whose highest degree is a bachelor’s or master’s degree.