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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:

  1. 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.
  2. 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.
  3. 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.
  4. 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.

Courses Taught:

University of Waterloo
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