Principal Investigator – Eric Jacques, PhD, P.Eng.2019-02-03T01:01:04+00:00

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Eric Jacques, PhD, P.Eng., Assistant Professor

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Eric Jacques is an Assistant Professor in the Structural Engineering and Materials Group in the Via Department of Civil & Environmental Engineering at Virginia Tech. His research interests include the development of new structural systems and material applications to improve the resilience of civil engineering infrastructure against blast and impact loading. Dr. Jacques has extensive experience in simulated blast testing of structural and non-structural elements using a Shock Tube. He has also developed several blast analysis software tools to assist protective design professionals, including RCBlast, for the inelastic analysis of blast loaded reinforced concrete members, and BRADS, for the analysis and design of anchoring systems used in blast-resistant window glazing.

Previously, Dr. Jacques was an Assistant Research Officer at the National Research Council of Canada, Canada’s premier research and technology organization. In this role as a structural engineer and researcher, he actively collaborated with industry to establish test procedures, performance criteria, and analytical tools to support the development of novel and non-traditional building materials and structural systems for use in the Canadian marketplace.

  • Protective structural design of buildings

  • Dynamic analysis of blast loaded structural and non-structural systems

  • High strain rate material behavior

  • Numerical modelling

  • Large-scale structural testing

  • Analysis and design of concrete, steel, and composite structures