Associate Professor, Department of Civil Engineering
Link to NEESR Project: Seismically Resilient Houses
Ph.D. Civil and Environmental Engineering, University of California, Davis, 2008
M.S. Civil and Environmental Engineering, Stanford University, 2004
B.S. Civil Engineering (summa cum laude), Rensselaer Polytechnic Institute, 2003
Professional Registration and Memberships
Registered Professional Engineer, California
American Society for Engineering Education (ASEE)
American Society of Civil Engineers (ASCE)
American Institute of Steel Construction (AISC)
Consortium of Universities for Research in Earthquake Engineering (CUREE)
George E. Brown, Jr. Network for Earthquake Engineering Simulation (NEES)
SEAOC Seismology Steel Subcommittee
California State Mitigation Assessment Review Team
Faculty Senate, civil engineering department representative
Faculty Senate Executive Committee member
Faculty Senate Curriculum Policy Committee Chairperson
College of ECS Academic Council Chairperson
ASCE student chapter advisor
SEAOCC student chapter advisor
Tau Beta Pi engineering honor society advisor
Design of steel structures, large-scale experimental techniques, fracture and fatigue of structures, earthquake engineering, nonlinear finite element modeling, materials processing
CE 161 Theory of Structures I (offered Fall and Spring)
|Description:||Analysis of statically determinate and indeterminate beams, frames, trusses and grids. Includes energy principles, flexibility analysis, slope deflection method, moment distribution procedure, and stiffness analysis. Computers are used to aid in the solution of complex structural problems.|
|Description:||Theory and practice in design of structural steel members and connections using current design specifications. Design of tension and compression members, laterally supported and unsupported beams, beam-columns, and bolted and welded connections.|
|Description:||Analysis of simple structures' response to dynamic loads with an emphasis on structural response to earthquake ground motion. Introduction to multi-story buildings dynamics. Modal and approximate analyses of earthquake response. Dynamic analysis and building code procedures.|
|Description:||Theory and applications of nonlinear structural analysis including geometric and material nonlinear effects. Stability issues and second-order analysis methods are discussed in the context of moment amplification effects, member buckling, and the behavior of structural elements and frames undergoing large deformations. Inelastic material behavior and stress resultant plasticity concepts within a line-type element framework. Computer implementation of geometric nonlinear behavior.|
|Description:||Response of structures modeled as single-degree systems to harmonic, periodic, and arbitrary excitation and earthquake ground motion; effects of damping and material nonlinearity; numerical methods using spreadsheets; response spectra. Response of structures modeled as multi-degree systems: modeling of structure mass, damping and elastic stiffness; solution by modal superposition; time-history and response spectrum analysis; implications for codes for earthquake-resistant design. Microcomputer software is extensively used.|
|Description:||Advanced design methodology of steel structures using Load and Resistance Factor Design (LRFD). System level behavior, especially from a seismic loading perspective, is integrated into the design of steel components and connections. Other topics include plate girder design, plastic design of indeterminate systems, design of moment frame systems, and design of braced-frame systems.|
Journal and Magazine Publications
Fell, B.V. and O'Rourke, M. J. (2014). "Loss of Pressure Boundary through Buckling-Induced Fracture in the Ciudad Nezahualcóyotl Pipeline." Journal of Pipeline Systems Engineering and Practice, ASCE.
Fell, B.V. and Salveson, M.W. (accepted). "“Parametric simulation of nonlinear shear key behavior on the response of bridge abutments."” Journal of Bridge Engineering, ASCE.
Swensen, S.D., Acevedo, C., Jampole, E.A., Hopkins, A., Fell, B.V., Miranda, E.M., Deierlein, G.G. (2014). "Toward Damage Free Residential Houses Through UniBody Light-Frame Construction with Seismic Isolation," SEAOC Convention 2014, Indian Wells, CA, September 2014.
Swensen, S.D., Deierlein, G.G., Miranda, E.M., Fell, B.V., Acevedo, C., Jampole, E.A. (2014). "Finite element analysis of light-frame unibody residential structures," Proceedings of the 10th National Conference in Earthquake Engineering, Earthquake Engineering Research Institute, Anchorage, AK, 2014.
Jampole, E.A., Swensen, S.D., Fell, B.V., Miranda, E.M., Deierlein, G.G. (2014). "Dynamic testing of a low-cost sliding isolation system for light-frame residential structures," Proceedings of the 10th National Conference in Earthquake Engineering, Earthquake Engineering Research Institute, Anchorage, AK, 2014.
Deierlein G.G., Kanvinde, A.M., Myers, A.T., and Fell, B.V. (2011). "Local cyclic void growth criteria for ductile fracture initiation in steel structures with significant yielding," Proceedings, Eurosteel 2011, Budapest, Hungary, August-September 2011.
Fell, B.V. (2011). "Exchange - Multi-day earthquake engineering workshop for middle school students," 2011 Annual Conference and Exposition, ASEE, Vancouver, BC, Canada, June 2011.