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Robert J. Connor

Professor of Civil Engineering and Director of CAI and S-BRITE

Purdue University
Lyles School of Civil Engineering
550 Stadium Mall Drive
West Lafayette, IN 47907-2051

Office: HAMP 4115 / BOWN 1024
Phone: (765) 496-8272
Email: rconnor@purdue.edu

Specialty Area(s)

Personal Web Site
http://eng.purdue.edu/CE/RJConnor

Research Summary
Fatigue and fracture of steel structures, field testing and remote monitoring of structures, fatigue and behavior of sign, signal, and high-mast lighting structures, load distribution and dynamic response of highway and railroad bridge structures, robust sensing and data acquisition systems, large scale structural testing in real time, bridge expansion joint system, and historic structures and materials.

Education
PhD, Lehigh University, 2002
MSCE, Lehigh University, 1996
BSCE, Drexel University, 1990

Honors & Awards


  • AISC Special Achievement Award for Research in Fatigue and Fracture - 2012

  • Roy E. and Myrna F. Wansik Teaching Award - 2010

  • Edmund M. Burke Outstanding Civil Engineering Professor Award - 2009

  • Chi Epsilon Teaching Award - May 2009

  • Harold Munson Teaching Award - May 2009

  • Alberta Infrastructure and Alberta Transportation Innovation Award for Constraint Induced Fracture Repairs on the Heinsburg Bridge, Heinsburg, Alberta, Canada - 2008

  • Keynote Speaker for 2008 Annual ASCE MS Section Meeting, Jackson, MS - October 22-24, 2008

  • AISI/AASHTO Steel Bridge Task Force, Robert J. Dexter Memorial Lecture Award (first recipient) - August 2005

  • "Fourth World Congress on Joint Sealing and Bearing Systems for Concrete Structures," Best Paper Award - September 1996

Publications
Recent NCHRP Reports


  • "Fatigue Design of Modular Bridge Expansion Joints", R.J. Dexter, R.J. Connor, M.R. Kaczinski, NCHRP Report 402, National Cooperative Highway Research Program (NCHRP), Washington, DC, January, 1998.

  • "Inspection and Management of Bridges with Fracture-Critical Members", R.J. Dexter, R.J. Connor, H.N. Mahmoud, National Cooperative Highway Research Program, NCHRP Synthesis Report 354, National Academy Press, Washington D.C., to be published in 2005.

  • "Heat-Straightening Repair of Damaged Steel Bridge Girders - Fatigue and Fracture Performance", R.J. Connor, M.R. Urban, E.J. Kaufmann, NCHRP Report 604, National Cooperative Highway Research Program (NCHRP), Washington, DC, January, 2008.

  • "Bridge Deck Design Criteria and Testing Procedures - Final Report for NCHRP Project, 10-72", R.J. Connor, J. Liu, C. Higgins, National Cooperative Highway Research Program National Academies, Washington, DC, July, 2012.

  • "Development of Fatigue Loading and Design Methodology for High-Mast Light Poles", R.J. Connor, S.H. Collicott, A.M. DeSchepper, R.J. Sherman, and J.A. Ocampo., NCHRP Report 718, National Cooperative Highway Research Program (NCHRP), Washington, DC, 2012.


Recent Peer Reviewed Publications

  • Kozy, B.M., Connor, R.J., Paterson, D., Mertz, D.R., "Proposed Revisions to the AASHTO LRFD Bridge Design Specifications for Orthotropic Steel Deck Bridges", Journal of Bridge Engineering, American Society of Civil Engineers. Volume 16, Issue 6, pp. 759-767, November/December, 2011.

  • Higgins C., Turan, T., Connor, R.J., Liu, J, "A Unified Approach for LRFD Live Load Moments in Bridge Decks", Journal of Bridge Engineering, American Society of Civil Engineers. Volume 16, Issue 6, pp. 804-811, November/December, 2011.

  • Higgins C., Turan, T., Connor, R.J., "Rapid Ranking Procedure for Gusset Plate Connections in Existing Steel Truss Bridges", Journal of Bridge Engineering, American Society of Civil Engineers Volume 15, Issue 5, pp. 581-596, September/October, 2010.

  • Parr M.J., Connor R.J. Bowman M., "A Method for Determining the Interval for Hands-on Inspection of Steel Bridges with Fracture Critical Members", Journal of Bridge Engineering, American Society of Civil Engineers Vol. 15, No. 4, July/August 2010, pp. 352-363.

  • Warpinski, M.K, Connor, R.J., Hodgson, I.C., "The Influence of Flexibility on the Fatigue Performance of the Base Plate Connection in High-mast Lighting Towers", Journal of Structural Engineering, American Society of Civil Engineers, Vol. 136, No. 3, March 2010, pp. 324-329.

  • Hall, J, Connor, R.J., "The Influence of Baseplate Flexibility on the Fatigue Performance of Welded Socket Connection", Journal of Structural Engineering, American Society of Civil Engineers, Vol. 134, No. 6, June 2008, pp. 911-918.