Professor of Civil and Environmental Engineering Sherif El-Tawil has been awarded the Arthur M. Wellington Prize by the American Society of Civil Engineers (ASCE) for his paper, “Heavy Truck Collision with Bridge Piers: Computational Simulation Study.”
El-Tawil was co-author with Anil K. Agrawal, Xiaochen Xu and Waider Wong. The writing team’s paper was published in the June 2019 issue of the Journal of Bridge Engineering.
The paper details the simulations run of heavy-duty truck collisions with bridge piers and critiques vehicular impact demands in American Association of State Highway and Transportation Officials (AASHTO) requirements. This study is novel in its simulation of tractor-semitrailers weighing 80,000 pounds, as most research investigating bridge pier collision focuses on much lighter vehicles.
The award recognizes outstanding papers on “transportation on land, on the water, in the air, or on foundations and closely-related subjects, not including contributions in the form of reports and manuals,” according to the ASCE website.
This is El-Tawil’s second Wellington prize. He received the award for the first time in 2006. The co-authors were presented with the award during ASCE’s virtual conference on October 29.