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Dr. Thomas E. Cousins

Professor of Civil Engineering

Areas of Interest:

Long term bridge monitoring
Behavior of bridge structures
Use of high performance materials (concrete, steel, composites) in structures
Prestressed concrete structures
Experimental research

Education:

PhD Structural Engineering - North Carolina State University 1987
MS Civil Engineering - Clemson University 1982
BS Civil Engineering - Clemson University 1978

Classes typically taught:

CE 2010 Statics
CE 3010 Structural Analysis
CE 4020 Reinforced Concrete Design
CE 4040/6040 Masonry Structural Design
CE 8020 Advanced Reinforced Concrete Design
CE 8040 Prestressed Concrete


Work Experience:

    • Professor, Glenn Department of Civil Engineering, January 2015- Present
    • Professor, Department of Civil and Environmental Engineering, Virginia Tech, 2007 - 2014
    • Director, Virginia Cooperative Center for Bridge Engineering, Virginia Tech and Virginia Transporation Research Council, 2001 - 2014
    • Associate Professor, Via Department of Civil and Environmental Engineering, Virginia Tech, 1996 - 2007
    • Assistant & Associate Professor, Department of Civil Engineering, Auburn University, 1990 - 1996
    • Assistant Professor, Department of Civil Engineering, Louisiana State University, 1987 - 1990

Professional Registration:
Professional Engineer—Louisiana

Professional Society Membership:
American Society of Civil Engineers (ASCE)
Prestressed Concrete Institute (PCI)
American Concrete Institute (ACI)

Professional Honors, Awards & Recognitions:

    • “Full-Scale Investigation of Differential Settlements Beneath Geosynthetic-Reinforced Soil Bridge Abutment” and co-authored by Andy Kost, George Filz and Mike Brown received the following two awards from TRB:  1. Design and Construction Group’s (DCG) 2014 Practice-Ready Paper Award Certificate and 2. Soil Mechanics Section’s 2014 Best Paper Award.
    • "Investigation of Bridge Floor-Truss Behavior in Tied-Arch Span" nominated for Outstanding Paper of the Year award for Journal of Performance of Constructed Facilities (1996).
    • Co-winner of ASCE LSU Student Chapter favorite Civil Engineering Faculty Award (1989)
    • Nominated for LSU Student Government Association Outstanding Teacher of the Year Award for the College of Engineering (1988)
    • Paper titled "Evaluation of the In-Service Performance of the Tom’s Creek Bridge FRP Superstructure" won Outstanding Paper of the Year Award for ASCE Journal of Performance of Constructed Facilities (2006)

Selected Research Projects:

    • Implementation of a Prestressed Inverted T-Beam System with 0.7-inch Diameter Prestressing Strand on a Virginia Bridge - VCTIR (Virginia Center for Transportation Innovation and Research)
    • Implementation of the Hillman Composite Beam in a Virginia Bridge - VCTIR
    • High Performance/High Strength Light Weight Concrete for Bridge Decks and Girders - NCHRP
    • Long-Term Bridge Performance Program - Federal Highway Administration
    • Construction of a Virginia Bridge with Light Weight Prestressed Concrete Bridge Girders - VCTIR
    • Construction of a Virginia Short Span Bridge with the Strongwell 36" Double Web I-beam - VCTIR, Federal Highway Administration
    • Plate & Tube Bridge Deck Design Evaluation in the Troutville, VA Weigh Station Deck Test Bed - VCTIR, Federal Highway Administration.
    • Assessing In-Service FRP Durability through the Tom's Creek Bridge Durability Field Site and Laboratory Investigation - VCTIR, Federal Highway Administration.
    • Performance Evaluation of Aluminum Bridge Decks - VCTIR
    • Fatigue of Diaphragm-Girder Connections - Alabama Department of Transportation.
    • Modification of Existing Prestressed Girder Cross-Sections for the Optimal Structural Use of Ultra-High Performance Concrete (UHPC) - Federal Highway Administration
    • Rapid Replacement of Tangier Island Bridges Including Lightweight and Durable FRP Deck Systems - VCTIR
    • Shear Strength of PCBT-53 Girders Fabricated with Lightweight, Self Consolidating Concrete - VCTIR
    • Use of Sandwich Panel System (SPS) in a Virginia Bridge - VCTIR
    • Introduction of Grade 300 Prestressing Strand into Prestressed Concrete Bridge Girders - VCTIR
    • Hawthorne Street Bridge Rehabilitation Utilizing an FRP Bridge Deck System - VCTIRHawthorne 

Sample Journal Publications:

    • Kost, A.*, Filz, G., and Cousins, T., “Full-Scale Investigation of Differential Settlements Beneath Geosynthetic-Reinforced Soil Bridge Abutment”, Transportation Research Record: Journal of the Transportation Research Board, accepted for publication, February, 2014.
    • Carroll, J.*, Cousins, T., and Roberts-Wollmann, C., “Effect of Vertical Casting Position on Transfer and Development Length of Prestressing Strand”, submitted for review, American Concrete Institute Materials Journal, September, 2013.
    • Carroll, J.*, Cousins, T., and Roberts-Wollmann, C., “A Practical Approach for Finite Element Modeling of Transfer Length in Pretensioned, Prestressed Members using End-Slip Methodology”, submitted for review, PCI Journal, October, 2013.
    • Maguire, M.*, Moen, C., Roberts-Wollmann, C., and Cousins, T., “Verification of Simplified Analysis Procedures for Segmental Concrete Bridges”, Journal of Structural Engineering, American Society of Civil Engineering, accepted for publication, January, 2014.
    • Dymond, B.*, Roberts-Wollmann, C., Wright, William, Cousins, T., and Bapat, A.*, “Giles County, Virginia Pedestrian Bridge Collapse and Failure Analysis”, Journal of Performance of Constructed Facilities, American Society of Civil Engineers, accepted for publication, May 2013.
    • Van Nosdall, S.*, Moen, C.D., Roberts-Wollmann, C., Cousins, T., “Experiments on a Hybrid-Composite Beam for Bridge Applications”,  Transportation Research Record: Journal of the Transportation Research Board, Structures 2013 Volume 2, pp.45-52.
    • Swenty, M.*, Roberts-Wollmann, C., and Cousins, T., “Transverse Joints Between Full Depth Concrete Bridge Deck Panels on a Continuous Bridge Part 1 - Experimental”, PCI Journal, accepted for publication, June, 2013.
    • Bapat, A.*, Swenty, M.*, Roberts-Wollmann, C., and Cousins, T., “Transverse Joints Between Full Depth Concrete Bridge Deck Panels on a Continuous Bridge Part 2 - Analytical”, PCI Journal, accepted for publication, August 2013.
    • Harris, D.K.*, Cousins, T., Sotelino, E.D., and Murray, T.M., "Flexural Lateral Load Distribution Characteristics of Sandwich Plate System Bridges: a Parametric Investigation”,  Journal of Bridge Engineering, American Society of Civil Engineers, Vol. 15, No. 6, Nov/Dec 2010, pp. 684-694.
    • Dymond, B.*, Roberts-Wollmann, C., and Cousins, T., “Shear Strength of a Lightweight Self-Consolidating Concrete Bridge Girder”,  Journal of Bridge Engineering, American Society of Civil Engineers, Vol. 15, No. 5, Sept/Oct 2010, pp. 615-618.
Tommy Cousins
Contact Information:
Office: 108 Lowry Hall
Phone: 864-656-2291
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