Civil and Architectural Engineering
College of Engineering and Physical Sciences
- B.S. with High Honors (Magna Cum Laude), Civil Engineering, University of Hawaii (Honolulu,
HI), Dec 1983
- M.S. Civil Engineering, University of Hawaii (Honolulu, HI), Dec 1985
- Ph.D. Civil Engineering, University of Washington (Seattle, WA), 1991
My current research interests are in the areas of theoretical fracture mechanics,
reinforced concrete, and structural rehabilitation and monitoring.
Theoretical Fracture Mechanics
My work in fracture mechanics stems from my dissertation research and focuses on interfacial
cracks and subsurface fatigue cracks. I have two publications in this area and am
planning a future paper on the response of a micro-thin layer subjected to a rigid
indenter. This future paper would eventually be applied in testing thin-film depositions
used to enhance wear characteristics.
I have done projects on self-compacting concrete, concrete, concrete constitutive
parameters, and object-oriented programming for reinforced concrete. I have published
one paper on self-compacting concrete and one on an efficient manner of representing
concrete constitutive data. Future work includes evaluating the tensile strength,
creep, and shrinkage characteristics of self-compacting concrete. I am in the process
of developing an object-oriented library for reinforced concrete section analysis.
This software development has resulted in two M.S. students. I plan to continue developing
this library in the future.
Lastly, my work on structural rehabilitation is in two main areas, heat-straightening
repair of damaged steel beams and degradation of concrete beams repaired with Fiber
Reinforced Plastic (FRP). My collaborating with Richard Avent in the area of heat-straightening
repair of damaged steel beams has resulted in nine publications. Future work in this
area includes investigation of the effect of heat-straightening on fracture and fatigue
properties of the steel. I am also working with a researcher in Mechanical Engineering
on Fiber Reinforced Plastic degradation. We have a paper pending on the experimental
setup and are finishing a manuscript on analyzing the stiffness degradation of the
FRP when subjected to ultraviolet light, heat, and moisture. Future work planned in
this area includes developing a rational accelerated testing method for determining
the durability of FRP subjected to environmental attack. We would also like to correlate
the degradation in FRP strength. These results could then be applied to health monitoring
of FRP-retrofit beams.
University of Wyoming, Laramie, WY, Spring 2021 - Present
CEAS Associate Dean, Undergraduate Education
University of Wyoming, Laramie, WY, Fall 2005 - Present
University of Wyoming, Laramie, WY, Fall 2001 - Fall 2005
Louisiana State University, Baton Rouge, LA, Fall 1995 - Summer 2001
Department of Natural Resources, Olympia, WA, Winter 1993 - Summer 1995
Seattle University, Seattle, Fall 1992 - Spring 1993
University of Washington, Seattle, Fall 1985 - Summer 1992
- Mechanics of Materials
- Structural Analysis I (Determinate)
- Structural Analysis II (Indeterminate)
- Principles of Reinforced Concrete
- Principles of Prestressed Concrete
- Structural Masonry Design
- Advanced Mechanics of Materials
- Matrix Structural Analysis
- Advanced Concrete Theory
- Structural Dynamics
List of Recent Publications
- Avent, R.R. and Mukai, D.J., 1998, "Heat-Straightening Repairs of Damaged Steel Bridges:
A Technical Guide and Manual of Practice", Report No. FHWA-SA-99-034, 248 pp.
Refereed Journal Articles
- Mukai, D.J., 1999, "An Efficient Representation of Concrete Constitutive Data for
Moment Capacity Calculations", ACI Structural Journal, Vol. 96, No. 5, pp. 720-727.
- Avent, R. R., Mukai, D. J., 1999, "Fundamental Concepts of Heat-Straightening Repair
for Damaged Steel Bridges No. 99-1130", Transportation Research Record 1680 Preventive
Maintenance and Evaluation of Pavements and Structures, TRB, National Research Council,
Washington, D.C., pp. 47-54.
- Avent, R. R., Mukai, D. J., 1999, "Planning, Designing and Implementing Heat-Straightening
Repair of Bridges No. 99-1131", Transportation Research Record 1680 Preventive Maintenance
and Evaluation of Pavements and Structures, TRB, National Research Council, Washington,
D.C., pp. 55-62.
- Mukai, D.J. 2000, "An Analysis of a Near-Surface Crack Branching Under a Rigid Indenter",
ASME Journal of Tribology, Vol. 122, No. 1, pp. 23-29.
- Avent, R. R, Mukai, D. J., Robinson, 2000, "Effect of Heat Straightening on Material
Properties of Steel", ASCE Journal of Materials in Civil Engineering, Vol. 12, No.
3, pp. 188-195.
- Avent, R. R, Mukai, D. J., 2000, "Heat Straightening Damaged Steel Plate Elements",
ASCE Journal of Structural Engineering, Vol. 126, No. 7, pp. 747-754.
- Avent, R. R, Mukai, D. J., 2000, "Heat Straightening Rolled Shapes", ASCE Journal
of Structural Engineering, Vol. 126, No. 7, pp. 755-763.
- Mukai, D.J., Altan, S., Ehrgott, J. Q., 2000, "Early Strength of Self-Compacting Concrete
No. 00-1043", Transportation Research Record 1698 Concrete 2000, TRB, National Research
Council, Washington, D.C., pp. 61-69.
- Avent, R. R, Mukai, D. J., Robinson, 2000, "Residual Stresses in Heat Straightened
Steel Members", ASCE Journal of Materials in Civil Engineering, Tentatively approved
(no re-review necessary), required revisions made and re-submitted.
- Avent, R. R, Mukai, D. J., 2000, "Engineered Heat-Straightening Repairs: A Case Study",
ASCE Bridge Engineering, accepted for publication, to appear.
- Avent, R. R, Mukai, D. J., 2000, What You Should Know About Heat-Straightening Repair
of Damaged Steel", AISC Journal, accepted for publication.
- Avent, R. R., Mukai, D. J., Heymsfield, E., "Repair of Localized Damage in Steel by
Heat Straightening",ASCE Journal of Structural Engineering, accepted pending revisions,
re-review by editor only.