Dr. Sergio F. Breña

Associate Professor

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College of Engineering
Department of Civil and Environmental Engineering
University of Massachusetts Amherst
232A Marston Hall
130 Natural Resources Road
Amherst, Massachusetts 01003
Phone: (413) 545-0349
Fax: (413) 577-4940

E-Mail: brena@ecs.umass.edu

 

Full Curriculum Vitae

Education

Ph.D., University of Texas at Austin, 2000.
M.S., University of Texas at Austin, 1990.
B.S. in Civil Engineering, Universidad Iberoamericana, 1989.

Classes Taught

CEE 536Adv. Topics Reinforced Concrete

ENGIN 111 Intro. to Civil & Env. Engineering

CEE 550 Intro. to Bridge Engineering

CEE 433 Design Reinforced Concrete Structure

Recent Papers Published

Breña, S.F., Jeffrey, A.E., and Civjan, S.A. “Evaluation of a Non-Composite Steel Girder Bridge through Live-Load Field Testing”, Journal of Bridge Engineering, ASCE (http://dx.doi.org/10.1061/(ASCE)BE.1943-5592.0000398).

Kalayci, E., Civjan, S.A., Breña, S.F., “Parametric Study on the Thermal Response of Curved Integral Abutment Bridges”, Engineering Structures, Elsevier  (to be published in October 2012).

Krem, M.A., Hoque, S.T., Arwade, S.R. and Breña, S.F., “Structural Configuration and Building Energy Performance”, Journal of Architectural Engineering, ASCE.

Krem, M.A., Hoque, S.T., Arwade, S.R. and Breña, S.F., “Structural Configuration and Building Energy Performance”, Journal of Architectural Engineering, ASCE (in review).

Kalayci, E., Civjan, S.A., Breña, S.F., “Parametric Study on the Thermal Response of Curved Integral Abutment Bridges”, Engineering Structures, Elsevier (Accepted).

Breña, S.F., Jeffrey, A.E., and Civjan, S.A. “Evaluation of a Non-Composite Steel Girder Bridge through Live-Load Field Testing”, Journal of Bridge Engineering, ASCE (Accepted: http://dx.doi.org/10.1061/(ASCE)BE.1943-5592.0000398).

Kalayci, E., Civjan, S.A., Breña, S.F., Allen, C.A., “Load Testing and Modeling of Two Integral Abutment Bridges in Vermont, US”, Structural Engineering International, Journal of IABSE, Vol. 21, No. 2, May 2011, pp. 181-188.

Breña, S.F. and Roy, N.C., Closure to Discussion by D. Kumar Sahoo, B. Singh, and P. Bhargava of “Evaluation of Load Transfer and Strut Strength of Deep Beams with Short Longitudinal Bar Anchorages”, ACI Structural Journal, Vol. 107 (4), July-Aug 2010, pp. 491-493.

Breña, S.F., Fernández Ruiz, M., Kostic, N., and Muttoni, A., “Modelling Techniques to Capture the Backbone Envelope Behaviour of Coupling Beams Subjected to Seismic Loading”, Studies and Researches: Annual Review of Structural Concrete, Politecnico di Milano, Vol. 29, 2009, pp. 53-78.

Breña, S.F. and Ihtiyar, O., “Performance of Conventionally Reinforced Coupling Beams Subjected to Cyclic Loading”, ASCE Journal of Structural Engineering, submitted June 2009, in review.

Niemitz, C.W., James, R., and Breña, S.F., “Experimental Behavior of Carbon Fiber-Reinforced Polymer (CFRP) Sheets Attached to Concrete Surfaces using CFRP Anchors”, Journal of Composites for Construction, ASCE, Vol. 14 (2), March/April 2010, pp. 185-194.

Ahern, J., Jennings, L., Fenstermacher, B., Warren, P., Charney, N., Jackson, S., Mullin, J., Kotval, Z., Breña, S., Civjan, S., and Carr, E., “Issues and Methods for Transdisciplinary Planning of Combined Wildlife and Pedestrian S.F. Breña Page 3 Highway Crossings”, Transportation Research Record, No. 2123, Journal of the Transportation Research Board of the National Academies, Washington, D.C., 129-136.

Kane, B. and Breña, S.F., “Forces and stresses generated during rigging operations”, Arboriculture & Urban Forestry, Vol. 35 (2): 68-74.

Breña, S.F. and Roy, N.C., “Evaluation of Load Transfer and Strut Strength of Deep Beams with Short Longitudinal Bar Anchorages”, ACI Structural Journal, Vol. 106 (5), Sept-Oct 2009, pp. 678-689.

Breña, S.F. and Morrison, M.C., “Closure to Discussion on Factors Affecting Strength of Elements Designed using Strut-and-Tie Models”, ACI Structural Journal, Vol. 105, No. 2, March-April 2008, pp. 235-237.

Roy, N.C., and Breña, S.F. “Behavior of Deep Beams with Short Longitudinal Bar Anchorages. ACI Structural Journal, V. 105, No. 4, July-August 2008, pp. 460-470.

Breña S.F. and Schlick B.M., “Hysteretic Behavior of Bridge Columns with FRP-Jacketed Lap Splices Designed for Moderate Ductility Enhancement”, Journal of Composites for Construction, ASCE, November-December 2007, 565-574.

Breña S.F., Bonczar C.H., Civjan S.A., DeJong J.T., and Crovo D.S., “Evaluation of Seasonal and Yearly Behavior of an Integral Abutment Bridge”, Journal of Bridge Engineering, ASCE, Vol. 12 (3), May-June 2007, pp. 296-305.

Breña S.F. and Morrison M.C., “Factors Affecting Strength Calculation of Elements Designed Using Strut-and-Tie Models”, ACI Structural Journal,Vol. 104 (3), May-June 2007, pp. 267-277.

Civjan S.A., Bonczar C.H., Breña S.F., DeJong J.T., and Crovo D.S., “Integral Abutment Bridge Behavior: Parametric Analysis of a Massachusetts Bridge”, Journal of Bridge Engineering, ASCE, Vol. 12 (1), January-February, pp. 64-71.

Breña S.F., Benouaich M.A., Kreger M.L., and Wood S.L., “Fatigue Tests of Reinforced Concrete Beams Strengthened using Carbon Fiber-Reinforced Polymer Composites”, ACI Structural Journal, Vol. 102 (2), March-April 2005, pp. 305-313.

Civjan S.A., Breña S.F., Butler D.A., and Crovo D.S. “Field Monitoring of an Integral Abutment Bridge in Massachusetts”, Transportation Research Record (TRR), Journal of the Transportation Research Board, No. 1892, National Research Council, 2004, pp. 160-169.

Breña S.F. and Macri B. M., “Effect of Carbon-Fiber-Reinforced Polymer Laminate Configuration on the Behavior of Strengthened Reinforced Concrete Beams”, Journal of Composites for Construction, ASCE, Vol. 8 (3), May-June 2004, pp. 229-240.

Breña S.F., Wood S.L., and Kreger M.L., “Full-scale Tests of Bridge Components Strengthened using Carbon Fiber Reinforced Polymer Composites”, ACI Structural Journal, Vol. 100 (6), November-December 2003, pp. 775-784.

Breña S.F. and Steves, M.A., “Increasing the Flexural Capacity of an Existing Reinforced Concrete Bridge in Texas using CFRP Composites”, Field Applications of FRP Reinforcement: Case Studies, ACI Publication SP-215, 2003, pp. 203-218.

Breña S.F., Bramblett R.M., Wood S.L., and Kreger M.L., “Increasing the Flexural Capacity of RC Beams using CFRP Composites”, ACI Structural Journal, Vol. 100 (1), January-February 2003, pp. 36-46.

Recent Conference Proceedings

Mones, R.M. and Breña, S.F., “Interface Strength of Hollow Core Slabs with Cast-in-place Toppings”, 2011 PCI Convention and National Bridge Conference, Paper no. 78, Salt Lake City, UT, 22-26 October.

Civjan, S.A., Kalayci, E., Breña, S.F., Allen, C.A., “Integral Abutment Bridge Monitoring Program in Vermont”, 2010 TRB Annual Conference, Paper no. 10-2510, Washington, D.C. Page 4

Breña, S.F. and Alcocer, S.M., “Seismic Performance Evaluation of Rehabilitated Reinforced Concrete Columns through Jacketing”, ATC & SEI 2009 Conference on Improving the Seismic Performance of Existing Buildings and Other Structures, ASCE/ATC, December 9-11, 2009, San Francisco, CA, USA.

Sezen, H., Dragovich, J., Ghannoum, W., Lowes, L.N., Breña, S.F., and Elwood, K.J., “Guide for Seismic Rehabilitation of Concrete Buildings: Summary of Future Changes”, ATC & SEI 2009 Conference on Improving the Seismic Performance of Existing Buildings and Other Structures, ASCE/ATC, December 9-11, 2009, San Francisco, CA, USA.

Breña, S.F., Fernández Ruiz, M., and Muttoni, A., “Applications of Stress Fields to Assess the Behavior and Strength of Coupling Beams Subjected to Seismic Actions”, 3rd International fib Congress, Washington, D.C., May 29- June 2, 2010, Paper no. 534.

Ahern, J., Jennings, L., Fenstermacher, B., Warren, P., Charney, N., Jackson, S., Mullin, J., Kotval, Z., Breña, S., Civjan, S., and Carr, E., “Issues and Methods for Transdisciplinary Planning of Combined Wildlife and Pedestrian Highway Crossings”, 2009 TRB Annual Conference, TRB Paper Number: 09-0441, Washington, D.C. January 2009.

Kalayci, E., Breña, S.F., and Civjan S.A. “Curved Integral Abutment Bridges – Thermal Response Predictions through Finite Element Analysis”, Structures Congress 2009, ASCE, Austin, TX, April 2009, pp. 213-222.

Ihtiyar O. and Breña S.F. “Assessment of FEMA356 Techniques for Orthogonally Reinforced Coupling Beams through Experimental Testing”, 2007 ASCE Structures Congress, Long Beach, CA, May 2007.

Ihtiyar O. and Breña S.F. “Force-Deformation Response of Conventionally Reinforced Coupling Beams: An Evaluation of FEMA 356”, CD ROM Proceedings: 8th National Conference of Earthquake Engineering (8NCEE), San Francisco, CA, April 2006.

Gussenhoven R.B. and Breña S.F. “Fatigue Behavior of Reinforced Concrete Beams Strengthened with Different FRP Laminate Configurations”, 7th International Symposium on Fiber Reinforced Polymer Reinforcement for Reinforced Concrete Structures (FRPRCS7), ACI Special Publication SP-230, 2005, pp. 613-629.

Bonczar, C., Breña, S.F., Civjan, S.A., DeJong, J., Crellin, B., and Crovo, D. “Field Data and FEM Modeling of the Orange-Wendell Bridge”, Proceedings: 2005 FHWA Conference: Integral Abutment and Jointless Bridges (IAJB 2005), Baltimore, MD, 17-19 March 2005, pp. 163-173.

Bonczar, C., Breña, S.F., Civjan, S.A., DeJong, J., and Crovo, D. “Integral Abutment Pile Behavior and Design – Field Data and FEM Studies”, Proceedings: 2005 FHWA Conference: Integral Abutment and Jointless Bridges (IAJB 2005), Baltimore, MD, 17-19 March 2005, pp. 174-184.

Schlick, B.M. and Breña, S.F., “Seismic Rehabilitation of Reinforced Concrete Bridge Columns in Moderate Earthquake Regions using FRP Composites”, CD-Rom Proceedings: 13th World Conference on Earthquake Engineering, Vancouver, B.C., 2004.

DeJong J.T., Howey D.T., Civjan S.A., Breña S.F., Butler D.S., Crovo D.S., Hourani N., and Connors P. “Influence of Daily and Annual Thermal Variations on Integral Abutment Bridge Performance”. American Society of Civil Engineers, GEO-Trans Conference, Los Angeles, CA, 2004, pp.496-505.

Civjan S.A., Breña S.F., Butler D.A., and Crovo D.S. “Field Monitoring of an Integral Abutment Bridge in Massachusetts”. CD-Rom Proceedings: Transportation Research Board (TRB)2004 Annual Meeting, Washington, D.C., 2004, Paper no. 04-4172.

Recent Research Contracts Funded

 

Scott A. Civjan (PI), S.F. Breña (Co PI). Sponsor: Vermont Agency of Transportation. “Performance Monitoring of Jointless Bridges – Phase III”. Total $ 295,984.

Scott A. Civjan (PI), S.F. Breña (Co PI). Sponsor: Vermont Agency of Transportation. “Performance Monitoring of Jointless Bridges – Phase III Supplemental Equipment Funding”.Total $80,000.

Scott A. Civjan (PI), S.F. Breña (Co PI). Sponsor: Vermont Agency of Transportation. “Performance Monitoring of Jointless Bridges – Phase III Supplemental Funding: Change in Scope”.Total $182,357.

B. Kane (PI), S.F. Breña (co-PI). Sponsor: Tree Fund. “Measuring Forces and Stresses during Rigging Operations”. Total $100,000.

Scott A. Civjan (PI), S.F. Breña (Co PI). Sponsor: Vermont Agency of Transportation. “Supplemental  Funding/ Storm Damage and Extra Year : Performance Monitoring of Jointless Bridges – Phase III” Total  $88,080 

Scott A. Civjan (PI), S.F. Breña (Co PI), M.A. Knodler (Co PI). New England Transportation Consortium (NETC). “Enhancing the Reflectivity of Concrete Barriers”. Phase I: Direct Cost $41,025; Indirect Cost $ 7,065.

 S.F. Breña (PI). PCI Jenny Research Fellowship. Sponsor: Precast/Prestressed Concrete Institute. “Field Monitoring of an Integral Abutment Prestressed Concrete Bridge in Massachusetts using NEXT Beams”. Total $20,000

S.F. Breña (PI). Sponsor: Precast/Prestressed Concrete Institute. “Field Monitoring of an Integral Abutment Prestressed Concrete Bridge in Massachusetts using NEXT Beams”. Extension Total $8,000

S.F. Breña (PI). Sponsor: Precast/Prestressed Concrete Institute. “Field Monitoring of an Integral Abutment Prestressed Concrete Bridge in Massachusetts using NEXT Beams”. Extension Total $4,999

S.A. Civjan (PI), S.F. Breña (Co-PI). Sponsor: MassDOT-ABP. “Long-Term Instrumentation Plans for Three Bridges part of the Accelerated Bridge Program in Massachusetts”. Total approximately $220,000 (In kind purchase and installation of instrumentation).

M. Lackner (PI), J. Manwell (Co-PI), S.F. Breña (Co-PI). “The Design and Analysis of Novel Multi-rotor Offshore Wind Turbine” Sponsor: Armstrong Fund for Science. Total $30,000.

Sergio F. Breña (PI), Scott A. Civjan (Co PI), New England Transportation Consortium (NETC). “Advanced Composite Materials for New England’s Transportation Infrastructure – Phase I Implementation: Selection of Prototype, Project of NETC 01-1”. Funding period: January 2008- November 2008. $25,910. 

Scott A. Civjan (PI), S.F. Breña (Co PI), M.A. Knodler (Co PI). New England Transportation Consortium (NETC). “Enhancing the Reflectivity of Concrete Barriers”. $48,090.

Scott A. Civjan (PI), S.F. Breña (Co PI). Vermont Agency of Transportation. “Performance Monitoring of Jointless Bridges – Phase III Supplemental Equipment Funding”. $63,000.

Recent Honors and Awards

  • 2009 Fellow of the American Concrete Institute (ACI)
  • University of Massachusetts Amherst 2005 Faculty of the Year - UMass Amherst ASCE Student Chapter
  • 2004-2005 Distinguished Teaching Award Nominee - UMass Amherst

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