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Department of Civil Engineering

Mazen Tabbara

Dr. Tabbara joined LAU in 1998 as a full‐time faculty member in the civil engineering department. He served as the Assistant Dean of the School of Engineering from 2006 to 2011 and as the Chair of the Department of Civil Engineering from 2002 to 2004. Prior to joining LAU, he worked:

Research Topics

Throughout his current work at LAU and his previous work at Northwestern University and Sandia National Laboratories, Dr. Tabbara has focused on computer simulations (or modeling) of physical engineering problems. This has included developing new numerical techniques, writing various special purpose codes, and applying industry-standard (or off-the-shelf) codes to a wide range of problems. Research topics include: quasi-static and dynamic fracture, strain localization, projectile penetration of targets, FRP wrapped concrete columns, structural analysis and design, material modeling of actively confined concrete under compression, post-earthquake survival of archeological monuments, flow of water over spillways, stability of earth slopes, and transport of air pollutants.

Selected Journal Publications

1.       Random particle model for fracture of aggregate or fiber composites, Z. Bazant, M. Tabbara, M. Kazemi and G. Pijaudier-Cabot, ASCE Journal of Engineering Mechanics, 1990, 116 (8), p. 1686-1705
2.       A new method of analysis for slender columns, Z. Bazant, L. Cedolin, and M. Tabbara, ACI Structural Journal, 1991, 88 (4), p. 391-401
3.       H-adaptive finite element methods for dynamic problems, with emphasis on localization, T. Belytschko and M. Tabbara, International Journal for Numerical Methods in Engineering, 1993, 36 (24), p. 4245-4265
4.       Finite element derivative recovery by moving least square interpolants, M. Tabbara, T. Blacker, and T. Belytschko, Computer Methods in Applied Mechanics and Engineering, 1994, 117, p. 211-223
5.       Element-free Galerkin methods for static and dynamic fracture, T. Belytschko, Y. Y. Lu, L. Gu and M. Tabbara, International Journal of Solids and Structures, 1995, 32 (17), p. 2547-2570
6.       Element-free Galerkin methods for wave propagation and dynamic fracture, Y. Y. Lu, T. Belytschko and M. Tabbara, Computer Methods in Applied Mechanics and Engineering, 1995, 126, p. 131-153
7.       Dynamic fracture using element-free Galerkin methods, T. Belytschko and M. Tabbara, International Journal for Numerical Methods in Engineering, 1996, 39, p. 923-938
8.       A computational method for quasi-static fracture, M. Tabbara and C. M. Stone, Computational Mechanics, 1998, 22 (2), p. 203-210
9.       Simulations of the penetration of 6061-T6511 aluminum targets by spherical-nosed VAR 4340 steel projectiles, T. L. Warren and M. Tabbara, International Journal of Solids and Structures, 2000, 37, p. 4419-4435
10.   Computational modeling of flow over an ogee spillway, J. Chatila and M. Tabbara, Computers & Structures, 2004, 82, p. 1805-1812
11.   Corner effects in CFRP-wrapped square columns, G. Karam and M. Tabbara, Magazine of Concrete Research, 56(8), 2004, p. 461-464
12.   Confinement effectiveness in rectangular concrete columns with FRP wraps, G. Karam and M. Tabbara, ASCE Journal of Composites for Construction, 2005, 9(5), p. 388-396
13.   Computational simulation of flow over stepped spillways, M. Tabbara, J. Chatila and R. Awwad, Computers & Structures, 2005, 83(27), p. 2185-2268
14.   Hoek-Brown Strength Criterion for Actively Confined Concrete, G. Karam and M. Tabbara, ASCE Journal of Materials in Civil Engineering, 2009, 20(3), p. 110-118

Academic degrees

Ph.D., Structural Engineering, Northwestern University, USA, 1990
M.S., Structural Engineering, Stanford University, USA, 1982
B.E., Civil Engineering, American University of Beirut, Lebanon, 1981


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