SUSAN ALEXIS BROWN
PhD Student of Civil Engineering
Google Scholar ORCID: 0000-0002-7467-3991
The Civil Team at the NU MatSci 5k 2019
I am a second year PhD student of Civil Engineering, in the Materials, Mechanics, and Structures group at Northwestern University. I received a Bachelor of Science in Civil Engineering from the University of Southern California and a Bachelor of Science in Physics from Gordon College. My undergraduate research studied the corrosion properties of CuAlM superelastic alloys, for use in seismic applications and improving building resiliency. I received a Master of Science from Northwestern in 2020. My current research focuses on long-term deformation of wood structures.
Study of the long-term deformation in wood structures due to creep and environmental factors, including development of a database of experimental studies.
Implementation of creep prediction models derived from the database in FEA modeling.
Extension of the standard creep model to include orthotropic behavior and transient moisture effects.
Mechanics of timber structural elements such as cross-laminated timber (CLT) and glue-laminated beams.
Application of previously developed creep model to laminated structures, with the incorporation of glue creep between the layers
Scaling of previous simulations to structure-sized models.
Uses existing work done by this group on concrete creep modeling to simulate hybrid wood-concrete structures, a common building design technique.
Studies the effects of hybrid design, such as differential shortening.