Saturday, 2 April 2016

Introduction to my blog

Hello Everyone and welcome to my blog! 

My name is Farhad Huseynov and I am a Structural Engineer mainly specialized in Bridge Engineering. Currently I am working as an Early Stage Researcher (ESR 7) for Full Scale Dynamics LTD in Exeter, UK and have been involved in research project named "Railway Weigh-in-Motion for Bridge Safety" which is part of the Marie Sklodowska - Curie ITN Project "TRUSS" funded by the European Union under the Horizon 2020. At the same time I am a PhD student in Civil Engineering Department at the University College Dublin (UCD). Throughout this social media platform I will regularly share my social and professional activities that I hope you will enjoy while reading.

As a first blog entry, a brief description about myself and my research topic would be a good idea to start with...

So, I am 29 years old and was born in Baku, capital city of the Republic of Azerbaijan. It is a small yet culturally rich country in the Caucasus region, situated at the crossroads of Eastern Europe and Western Asia and also known as a Land of Fire (Odlar Yurdu) that some of you might have already noticed the phrase on Atletico Madrid's shirts as of 2012 :)

Lovely view of Baku taken from the Mountain Park

I obtained my BSc degree in Civil Engineering from the Middle East Technical University (METU) in Ankara, Turkey and MSc degree in Structural Engineering from The University of Sheffield in Sheffield, UK and graduated with distinction in 2009 and 2012, respectively. During my MSc degree I worked on a dissertation topic named "Finite Element Modelling of Bosporus Suspension Bridge", the bridge that crosses the Bosporus strait in Istanbul and connects two continents, Europe and Asia. Since then I am fascinated with design and analysis of bridge structures. Hence, after graduation I started working as a Bridge Design Engineer for an industry leading company in Turkey, particularly in Istanbul, and had a chance to design around 30 bridges all over that region before I joined TRUSS. 
Illuminated view of Bosporus Suspension Bridge. Istanbul, Turkey

After gaining extensive bridge design experience now I have been involved in a research project that aims to develop a Structural Performance Monitoring technique for bridges that is cost efficient, practically applicable, and provide higher confidence in estimating the performance condition of the applied bridge structure. The main task behind the proposed research study is to reduce the uncertainties (e.g traffic/railway loading) involved in bridge assessment and to 'measure' quantitatively the performance of a bridge structure using Virtual Instrumentation (VI) concept. VI is a simple concept that integrates the field monitoring tests with a physics based model. It uses deformations (in terms of displacement) obtained from a few installed instruments as a load on a calibrated/updated 3-D FE model to accurately predict the pertinent response of a bridge structure.

The proposed research idea is to first develop an appropriately detailed 3-D FE model of a bridge and calibrate/update it using deformations obtained from intense field tests. Later the final model will be integrated with continuous monitoring system to calculate the stresses and deformations across the whole structure i.e. non-instrumented locations. This concept will also be used to estimate the traffic/railway loading which is the main source of uncertainties involved in bridge assessment. Directly measured or recorded  train/vehicle load and bridge responses will be used to characterise the bridge structure. Later so called Moving Force Identification (MFI) techniques will be applied to estimate the load of a passing train/vehicle.

Currently I am running a test at one of the bridges in Exeter and will update you soon with the results. Hope to see you all again next time!

Stay tuned!