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Faculty and Staff

Paul Ziehl

Title: Professor
T&P Chair
Department: Civil and Environmental Engineering
College of Engineering and Computing
E-mail: ziehl@cec.sc.edu
Website: Dr. Ziehls Website
Phone: 803-467-4030
Fax: 803-777-0670
Paul Ziehl

Research Interests

Dr. Ziehl oversees an active research program in the areas of structural prognostics, remote online monitoring and assessment, nondestructive evaluation, in-situ load testing, repair and strengthening, composite materials, and prestressed/reinforced concrete structures. His team works in many areas including modeling and assessment of structural degradation mechanisms such as corrosion, alkali-silica reaction, and fatigue.  His work is related to diverse systems including nuclear structures, buildings, bridges, and aircraft.  Research sponsors include the National Science Foundation, the U.S. Department of Energy, the National Institute of Standards and Technology, the National Science Foundation, South Carolina DOT and other state departments of transportation, and industry.

Education

  • Ph.D., University of Texas at Austin, Austin, TX (2000)

  • M.S.E., University of Texas at Austin, Austin, TX (1997)

  • B.S., California Polytechnic State University, San Luis Obispo, CA (1991)

Experience

  • Professor, Civil and Environmental Engineering, U. South Carolina, Columbia, SC (2013 – present)
  • Associate Professor, Civil and Environmental Engineering, U. South Carolina, Columbia, SC (2008 – 2012)
  • Assistant Professor, Civil and Environmental Engineering, U. South Carolina, Columbia, SC (2004 – 2008)
  • Assistant Professor, Civil and Environmental Engineering, Tulane University, New Orleans, LA (2001 – 2004)
  • Bridge Engineer Assistant, Texas Department of Transportation, Austin, TX (2001)
  • Graduate Research/Teaching Assistant, Phil M. Ferguson Structural Engineering 
  • Laboratory, University of Texas at Austin (1994 – 2000)
  • Engineering Assistant, Armentrout, Roebuck and Company, Athens, Georgia (1989 – 1994)

Current Projects (selected)

  • “Radionuclide Waste Disposal: Development of Multi-scale Experimental and Modeling Capabilities,” subaward 1750-219-2020199 to DE-SC0012530, US Department of Energy/EPSCoR, $1,035,000 (total project: $5,250,000), 08/15/2014-08/14/2017.  Role: Co-PI (USC Co-PIs: J. Flora, J. Caicedo, T. Knight, F. Matta; Project PI: B. Powell, Clemson University).
  • “Acoustic Emission Sensor Systems ISD Sensor Network Demonstration”, PI, July 2014 – September 2015, Savannah River National Laboratory/DOE/SCUREF, $89,779.
  • “Structural Health Monitoring (SHM) of Composite Structure for Airplanes and Helicopters Based on Passive Sensing of Acoustic Emission”, co-PI, December 15, 2014 – December 31, 2016, Fokker Aircraft, $191,264. 
  • “Workshop on Multi-scale Modeling and Estimation of Time or Cycles to Failure of Aging Components and Systems: Deterministic and Stochastic Models of Fatigue with and without NDE Data on Defect Growth and Load Estimation”, Changwon, Republic of Korea, PI, June 2014 – February 2015, National Science Foundation, $14,923.
  • “Investigation of the Performance and Benefits of Deck Tee Bridge Girders for Accelerated Construction”, PI, December 2012 – November 2016, FHWA/SCDOT, $199,979.

Professional Service

  • Chairman, ACI Committee 437 (Strength Evaluation of Existing Concrete Structures)
  • Associate Member, ACI Committee 440 (Fiber Reinforced Polymer Reinforcement)
  • Associate Member, ACI Committee 440-L (FRP Durability)
  • Member, ASME Boiler and Pressure Vessel Code: Section X (Design of Fiber Reinforced Plastic Pressure Vessels).
  • Professional Engineer: South Carolina

Awards and Honors

  • Research Progress Award – University of South Carolina, College of Engineering and Computing (2011)
  • Southeastern Section New Faculty Research Award, First Place – American Society of Engineering Education (2007)
  • Certificate of Appreciation - ASTM Committee E-07 on Nondestructive Testing (2007)
  • ASCE Teacher of the Year Award - Department of Civil and Environmental Engineering, Tulane University (2004)
  • Award of Excellence - Prestressed Concrete Institute (Big Beam – 2002, 2004)
  • Harold Dalrymple Endowed Presidential Scholarship - Department of Civil Engineering, University of Texas at Austin (1999)
  • John Focht Endowed Presidential Scholarship – Department of Civil Engineering, University of Texas at Austin (1998)

Publications

Curriculum Vitae 

Presentations (selected)

  • Ziehl, P. and Yu, J., (2014), “Prediction of Service Life in A572 Steel under Varied Stress Ratios with Acoustic Emission”, Multi-scale Modeling and Estimation of Time or Cycles to Failure of Aging Components, Structures, and Systems, International Conference on Computational & Experimental Engineering and Sciences (ICCES’14); Changwon, Republic of Korea, June 14.
  • Ziehl, P., (2014), “Wireless Condition Assessment for Infrastructure Systems”, Workshop on Integrated Health Monitoring of Concrete Structures in Nuclear Power Plants, Laboratory for Systems Integrity and Reliability, Vanderbilt University, Nashville, Tennessee, November 5.
  • Ziehl, P., (2014), “Acoustic Emission Monitoring for Dry Cask Storage Systems”, Dry Canister Storage System Evaluation Workshop, Electric Power Research Institute (EPRI), Charlotte, North Carolina, September 30.
  • Ziehl, P., Caicedo, J., Pollock, A., Yu, J., Zarate, B., Hossain, M., Ospina, G., and Matta, F. (2013), “Prognostics of Fatigue Crack Behavior with Acoustic Emission An overview of NIST TIP at the University of South Carolina”, Acoustic Emission Working Group (AEWG)-54, Princeton, NJ, May 21-22.