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Dr. Maria Anna Polak

P. Eng., Professor

Research Interests:

  • Mechanics of reinforced concrete structures: constitutive modelling, shear in slabs, strengthening and rehabilitation.
  • Constitutive modelling of engineering materials, nonlinear finite element analysis and nondestructive testing techniques for structural evaluations.
  • Analysis and testing of polyethylene pipes installed underground using horizontal directional drilling (HDD); trenchless technologies methods.

Current Sources of Research Funding:


Selected Publications:

  • Cheng, J.J., Alvarado-Contreras, J.A., Polak, M.A., Penlidis, A., (2009). Chain Entanglements and Mechanical Behaviour of High Density Polyethylene, Journal of Engineering Materials and Technology, in print.
  • Gelinas, M., Polak, M.A., McKim, R., (2000), 'Field Tests on High Density Polyethylene Pipes Installed Using Horizontal Directional Drilling', ASCE Journal of Infrastructure Systems, 6(4), 130-137.
  • Zerwer, A., Polak, M.A., Santamarina, J.C., (2000), 'Experimental Investigation of Wave Propagation in Thin Plexiglas Plates: Implications for Modeling and Measuring Rayleigh Waves', NDT & E International, 33, 33-41.
  • El-Salakawy, E.F., Polak, M.A., Soliman, M.H., (1999), 'Reinforced Concrete Slab-Column Edge Connections with Openings', ACI Structural Journal, 96(1), 79-87.

Professional Affiliations:

  • American Concrete Institute. Chair, Punching Shear in Slabs.
  • Federation Internationale du Beton fib, Commission 4. Chair, Constitutive Modelling Group.
  • American Society of Civil Engineers/Canadian Society for Civil Engineering.
  • Humboldt Research Fellow
  • Professional Engineer's Ontario.

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