Tuncer B. Edil

Professor


Profile Summary

I have ongoing interests in coastal erosion/landslides primarily involving the Great Lakes shoreline. Currently, we are trying to predict shore recession using geomorphologic models. My past research in geotechnical engineering involved frictional load transfer in piles, anchors, and other inclusions in sand. We recently worked on discrete element modeling of granular media-structure interface and the microstructural activities in this zone using image analysis techniques. My environmental geotechnics research included transport and attenuation of organic chemicals in earthen liners in the past. Currently, we are working on compatibility of geosynthetic clay liners and other geosynthetics with acidic mine waste. One of my current research focuses is construction of highways over poor subgrades and use of industrial by-products and geosynthetics in highway construction. I have been conducting research on industrial by-products such as shredded automobile tires, foundry by-products, and coal combustion fly ash. My earlier interest on the behavior of peats and organic soils has evolved in recent years to construction over organic soft ground and high water content wastes. This interest naturally involves me in research on filtration and interface friction behavior of geosynthetics in contact with natural soils but also with industrial by-products and high water content wastes.

Education

  • BS, Robert College
  • MS, Robert College
  • PhD, Northwestern University

Research Interests

  • behavior of soils and wastes
  • behavior of peats and organic soils
  • geotechnics of soft ground and wastes
  • geotechnics of industrial by-products
  • filtration and interface friction of geosynthetics
  • friction piles and anchors
  • soil-structure interface friction
  • coastal erosion and slope stability

Awards, Honors and Societies

  • International Society of Soil Mechanics and Foundation Engineering (U.S. Member, TC-15 Technical Committee on Peats and Organic Soils
  • American Society for Engineering Education Dow Outstanding Young Faculty Award
  • American Society for Testing and Materials Standards Development Award
  • ASCE Young Civil Engineer of the Year Award-Wisconsin Section
  • ASCE Individual Merit Award (Wisconsin Section)
  • American Society of Civil Engineers (ASCE), Best Paper Award-Journal of ColdRegions Engineering
  • University of Wisconsin Polygon Engineering Council Outstanding Instructor Award

Courses

Fall 2014-2015

  • GLE 990 - Research and Thesis
  • GLE 890 - Pre-Dissertator\'s Research
  • GLE 790 - Master\'s Research or Thesis
  • GLE 699 - Independent Study
  • CIVENGR 990 - Thesis
  • CIVENGR 890 - Pre-Dissertator\'s Research
  • CIVENGR 790 - Master\'s Research or Thesis
  • Profile Summary

    I have ongoing interests in coastal erosion/landslides primarily involving the Great Lakes shoreline. Currently, we are trying to predict shore recession using geomorphologic models. My past research in geotechnical engineering involved frictional load transfer in piles, anchors, and other inclusions in sand. We recently worked on discrete element modeling of granular media-structure interface and the microstructural activities in this zone using image analysis techniques. My environmental geotechnics research included transport and attenuation of organic chemicals in earthen liners in the past. Currently, we are working on compatibility of geosynthetic clay liners and other geosynthetics with acidic mine waste. One of my current research focuses is construction of highways over poor subgrades and use of industrial by-products and geosynthetics in highway construction. I have been conducting research on industrial by-products such as shredded automobile tires, foundry by-products, and coal combustion fly ash. My earlier interest on the behavior of peats and organic soils has evolved in recent years to construction over organic soft ground and high water content wastes. This interest naturally involves me in research on filtration and interface friction behavior of geosynthetics in contact with natural soils but also with industrial by-products and high water content wastes.


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