Peterman, Robert J.

petermanMartin K. Eby Distinguished Professor in Engineering

2113 Fiedler Hall
Manhattan, KS 66506

Area(s) of Specialization

Structural Engineering


B.S. Civil Engineering, Lafayette College
M.S. Civil Engineering, Purdue University
Ph.D. Civil Engineering, Purdue University
Post-Doc Purdue University

Research Interests

Dr. Peterman's research focuses on understanding the behaviour of prestressed concrete structures, experimental testing of concrete materials, durability of bridge decks, and time-dependent deformation in structures with a goal to advance and preserve the state's and nation's civil infrastructure.

Recent Publications

Rasheed , H.; Harrison, R.; Peterman, R.; Alkhrdaji, T. 'Ductile strengthening using externally bonded and near surface mounted composite systems. Composite Structures. 92:2379-2390, 2010.

Nayal, R.; Peterman, R.; Esmaeily, A. ' Parametric study of posttensioned inverted-T bridge system for improved durability and increased span-to-depth ratio. Journal of Bridge Engineering, 15:731-739, 2010.

Decker, B.R.; Rasheed, H.A.; Peterman, R.J; Esmaeily, A.; Melhem, H.G. 'Exploring wireless strain measurement for civil infrastructure.' Strain: An International Journal for Experimental Mechanics, 45:547-552, 2009.

Larson, K.; Peterman, R.; Esmaeily, A. 'Bond characteristics of self-consolidating concrete for prestressed concrete bridge girders.' PCI Journal, 44-57, July/August 2007.

Peterman, R. 'The effects of as-cast depth and concrete fluidity on strand bond.' PCI Journal, 72-101, May/June 2007.

Sponsored Projects (Ongoing and Recent)

Quantifying the Effect of Prestressing Steel and Concrete Variables on the Transfer Length in Pretensioned Concrete Crossties. R. Peterman; T. Beck, J. Wu. Federal Railroad Administration and the KSU University Transportation Center. 2011-2013.

Determination of Acceptance Criteria for Prestressing Strand in Pretensioned Applications. K. Riding; R. Peterman; L. Murray. Precast/Prestressed Concrete Institute. 2011-2013.

Developing Short-Span Alternatives to Reinforced Concrete Box Culvert Structures in Kansas. R. Peterman. Kansas Department of Transportation. 2011-2012.

Determining the Transfer Length in Prestressed Concrete Railroad Ties Producted in the United States.' P. Peterman. Mid-America Transportation Center. 2011-2012.

Long-Term Monitoring of a Pretensioned Concrete Bridge Near Winfield, KS. R. Peterman. Kansas Department of Transportation, 2011-2012.

Major Honors and Recognitions

Martin K. Eby Distinguished Professor, 2004-2007
George D. Nasser Award, Precast/Prestressed Concrete Institute, 2008
Meyers-Alford Teaching Award, College of Engineering, KSU, 2008.
Charles C. Zollman Award, Precast/Prestressed Concrete Institute, 2007
Young Educator of the Year Award, Precast/Prestressed Concrete Institute, 2005