Concrete and Earthquake Engineering Research Group

Department of Civil & Structural Engineering

Dr Zuhal Ozdemir


+44 (0)114 222 5419

Department of Civil and Structural Engineering
Sir Frederick Mappin Building
Mappin Street,
S1 3JD


Zuhal studied the nonlinear behaviour of anchored and unanchored liquid storage tanks for her PhD. The recent fluid-structure interaction techniques of the FEM were applied to assess the seismic behaviour of tanks. During her PhD, she also worked on the time domain and frequency domain scaling procedures to generate design response spectrum compatible earthquake records. She joined Structural Mechanics Division of the Katholieke Universiteit Leuven as a postdoctoral researcher in 2010. Her research work concentrated on the numerical assessment of the dynamic response of lifelines to ground vibrations using a 2.5D coupled finite element-boundary element (FE-BE) methodology including soil-structure interaction effects.

Recent activities and achievements

Eiffel excellence scholarship of the French Ministry of Foreign and European Affairs 2008 - 2009.


PhD Bogazici University (Turkey) - Université des Sciences et des Technologies de Lille (France), 2010

Research project(s)

Rapid Earthquake Risk Assessment and Post-Earthquake Disaster Management Framework for Substandard Buildings in Turkey

Substandard structures account for a large proportion of the building stock in many large urban areas of developing countries. Such highly vulnerable structures have experienced catastrophic damage during major earthquakes in the past, leading to extensive human, economic and societal losses. For instance, the 1999 Kocaeli earthquake that hit Marmara...


(2011). A refined formula for the allowable soil pressure using shear wave velocities. Open Civil Engineering Journal, 5 (1), pp. 1-8.
(2011). Neural networks approach for characterisation of viscoelastic polymers. The Canadian Journal of Chemical Engineering, 89 (5), pp. 1303-1310.
(2011). Numerical evaluation of the dynamic response of pipelines to vibrations induced by the operation of a pavement breaker. In Advances in Environmental Vibration - Proceedings of the 5th International Symposium on Environmental Vibration, ISEV 2011 (pp. 808-815).
(2011). A numerical model for the prediction of the response of pipelines due to vibrations induced by the operation of a pavement breaker. In Proceedings of the 8th International Conference on Structural Dynamics, EURODYN 2011 (pp. 928-935).
(2010). Allowable bearing pressure in soils and rocks through dynamic wave velocities. Soil Mechanics and Foundation Engineering, 47 (4), pp. 143-152.
(2010). FSI methods for seismic analysis of sloshing tank problems. Mécanique & Industries, 11 (2), pp. 133-147.
(2010). Application of nonlinear fluid-structure interaction methods to seismic analysis of anchored and unanchored tanks. Engineering Structures, 32 (2), pp. 409-423, Abstract: Seismic response of liquid storage tanks is quite different from conventional structures not only due to hydrodynamic effects acting on the tank shell but also owing to many sources of nonlinear behavior mechanisms of tanks such as buckling of the tank shell, large amplitude nonlinear sloshing,...
(2009). Seismic technique to determine the allowable bearing pressure in soils and rocks. WIT Transactions on the Built Environment, 104 (2), pp. 253-263.