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...


(2007). Case studies: A rapid technique to determine allowable bearing pressure. In Geotechnical Special Publication.
(2006). Allowable bearing capacity of shallow foundations based on shear wave velocity. Geotechnical and Geological Engineering, 24 (1), pp. 203-218.
(2002). Seismic amplification at Avcilar, Istanbul. Engineering Structures, 24 (5), pp. 661-667.
(2002). Seismic amplification at Avcilar, Istanbul. International Journal for Housing Science and Its Applications, 26 (1), pp. 1-14, Abstract: Based on the soil data established previously by a team of researchers at the Technical University of Istanbul, a wave amplification study is conducted for the town of Avcilar, Istanbul, located at about 120 kilometers west of the epicenter of the Kocaeli earthquake of August 17, 1999. It is...