UC civil engineers share structural bolt expertise

Two professors authored article for steel industry magazine

Gian A. Rassati headshot

Gian A. Rassati. Photo/UC Creative + Brand.

An article by Gian A. Rassati and James Swanson, associate professors of civil engineering at the University of Cincinnati, was featured in Modern Steel Construction, the magazine of the American Institute of Steel Construction (AISC), which goes to 60,000 engineers, architects and others in the steel construction and fabrication industry.

Rassati and Swanson, along with Chad Larson, president of LeJeune Bolt Company, wrote about bolt design for structural joints. The article, titled “The Short Shank Redemption,” explains the specific design of structural bolts, which have a shorter thread than other bolt types. They also discussed common questions and design recommendations. 

The article referenced two recent papers written by the three experts and published in the AISC Engineering Journal.

Rassati, who has a Ph.D. in structural engineering from University of Trieste in Italy, has been a professor at UC for more than 18 years. His research interests include steel and steel-concrete composite structures, with an emphasis on lateral force resisting systems, dynamic behavior of structures and earthquake engineering. 

James Swanson headshot

James Swanson. Photo: UC Creative + Brand.

Swanson earned a Ph.D. in structural engineering from Georgia Institute of Technology and joined UC in 1999. His research has focused on strength and resistance of steel structures, joints and bolts. In 2019, Swanson was given the James M. Robbins Excellence in Teaching Award from the civil engineering honor society Chi Epsilon. He’s been called on to analyze the safety of existing bridges and future designs.

Swanson was recently quoted in news story with WLWT on the inspection and repair process of the Brent Spence Bridge, a highly traveled, double-decker bridge that was closed following a two-truck collision that resulted in a large fire.

Rassati was interviewed recently in a Washington Post article about the fire on the Cincinnati bridge. The bridge has long been in need of replacement and Rassati said it is functionally obsolete. 

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