Vijay Saraf
Vijay K. Saraf, Ph.D., P.E.
Principal Engineer
Buildings & Structures
  • Menlo Park

Dr. Saraf specializes in failure analysis, design, damage assessment and repair design of wood, steel, concrete and composite structures; blast, impact, earthquake and fire loading on structures; and nonlinear finite element analysis. Dr. Saraf’s expertise in engineering also extends to evaluation of bridges, buildings and building components, pipelines and other buried structures, storage tanks and silos, shoring systems, cranes and mechanical equipment, and marine structures.

Dr. Saraf has performed extensive research focused on reliability and risk analysis and development of risk-based design codes and has applied these skills to perform probabilistic assessment of systems and products to evaluate both the past and the expected future performance. Dr. Saraf has performed numerous reviews of design and construction/installation procedures to check for code compliance and/or assess available margin of safety in matters relating to structural or process failure, seismic qualification of equipment and structures at nuclear facilities, and disputes arising out of delay in large construction projects.

Dr. Saraf has provided consulting services in matters relating to cement and concrete material performance, including review of mix design, placement procedures, curing, cracking, spalling and exposure to fire/thermal loading; long term wood deterioration; and proper selection of materials for design. Dr. Saraf also specializes in instrumentation and evaluation of in-field performance of structures, building products and large machinery using non-destructive monitoring and testing.

Dr. Saraf has also consulted extensively on analysis, design and failure investigations for the petroleum industry including problems involving nonlinear finite element analysis of pipes and threaded connections, simulations of shear ram operations, oil well cementing design, testing and placement, heat transfer, seismic wave propagation for exploration, and offshore blowout.

CREDENTIALS & PROFESSIONAL HONORS

  • Ph.D., Civil Engineering, University of Michigan, Ann Arbor, 1997
  • M.S., Civil Engineering, University of Cincinnati, 1994
  • B.Tech., Civil Engineering, Indian Institute of Technology, Kanpur, India, 1992
  • Rackham Pre-Doctoral Fellow, University of Michigan, Ann Arbor, 1996–1997

LICENSES & CERTIFICATIONS

Licensed Professional Civil Engineer, California, #C61004

Licensed Professional Engineer, Ohio, #80392

Licensed Professional Engineer, Virginia, #0402055990

Publications

Hilbert, LB, Saraf VK, Birbiglia DKJ, Shumilak EE, Schutjens PMTM, Hindriks COH, Klever FJ. Modeling horizontal completion deformations in a deepwater unconsolidated sand reservoir. SPE Journal of Drilling & Completion 2011 Mar; (26)2:68–83.

Hilbert LB, Saraf VK. Salt mechanics and casing deformation in solution-mined gas storage operations. Paper ARMA 08-383, Presented at San Francisco 2008, the 42nd US Rock Mechanics Symposium and 2nd U.S.-Canada Rock Mechanics Symposium, San Francisco, CA, June 29–July 2, 2008.

Ross B, McDonald BM, Saraf V. Big blue goes down. The Miller Park crane accident. Engin Failure Anal 2007; 14(6):942961.

Ross B, McDonald BM, Saraf V. Big Blue goes down: The Miller Park crane accident. Proceedings, 6th International Symposium on Risk, Economy and Safety, Failure Minimization and Analysis, Capetown, South Africa, March 8–12, 2004.

McDonald BM, Saraf V, Ross B. A spectacular collapse: The Koror-Babeldaob (Palau) balanced cantilever prestressed post-tensioned bridge. Indian Concrete J 2003; 77(3). Also in Proceedings, 27th Conference on Our World in Concrete and Structures, XXI:57-68, August 29–30, 2002.

Shahrooz B, Saraf V, Godbole B, Miller R. Response of Slab Bridges Before, During, and After Repair. Journal of Bridge Engineering, ASCE, Vol. 7, No. 5, pp. 267–275, September 2002.

Singh MP, Khaleghi B, Saraf V, Jain SK, Norris G, Goel R, Murty CVR. Bhuj, India Earthquake of January 26, 2001, Reconnaissance Report—Chapter 19: Roads and Bridges. Earthquake Spectra: July 2002, Vol. 18, No. S1, pp. 363-379.

Moncarz P, Eiselstein L, Saraf V. Prestressing wire failures in prestressed concrete pipeline. Proceedings, Awarie Budowlane, 20th Engineering Conference on Construction Failures, Szczecin-Miedzyzdroje, Poland, May 22–26, 2001. (In Polish).

Saraf V, Nowak A. Proof Load Testing of Deteriorated Steel Girder Bridges, Journal of Bridge Engineering, ASCE, Vol. 3, No. 2, pp. 82–89, May 1998.

Saraf V. Evaluation of Existing RC Slab Bridges. Journal of Performance of Constructed Facilities, ASCE, Vol. 12, No. 1, pp. 20–24, February 1998.

Saraf V, Nowak AS. Field Evaluation of Steel Girder Bridge. Transportation Research Record, No. 1594, pp. 140–146, 1997.

Saraf V. Reliability-Based Criteria for Proof Load Testing of Bridges. Ph.D. Dissertation, Department of Civil and Environmental Engineering, University of Michigan, Ann Arbor, MI, August 1997.

Kim S, Nowak AS, Saraf VK. Diagnostic and Proof Load Testing for Bridge Evaluation. Proceedings, Conference on Structural Faults and Repair, Edinburgh, UK, Vol. 1, pp. 571–580, July 1997.

Nowak AS, Saraf V, Kim S. Evaluation of Bridges using Field Testing. Proceedings, International Conference on Rehabilitation and Development of Civil Engineering Infrastructure Systems, Beirut, Lebanon, Vol. 1, pp. 391–402, June 1997.

Nowak AS, Saraf V. Verification of Capacity by Proof Loading. Proceedings, IABSE Workshop on Evaluation of Existing Steel and Composite Bridges, Lausanne, Switzerland, Vol. 76, pp. 121–127, March 1997.

Jain SK, Saraf V, Mehrotra B. Experimental Evaluation of Fundamental Period of R.C. Frame Buildings with Brick Infills. Journal of Structural Engineering, Structural Engineering Research Center, India, Vol. 23, No. 4, pp. 189–196, January 1997.

Saraf V, Sokolik AF, Nowak AS. Proof Load Testing of Highway Bridges, Transportation Research Record: Journal of the Transportation Research Board (TRB), No. 1541-07, pp. 51 57, 1996.

Nowak AS, Saraf V. Reliability Analysis of Plank Decks for Bridges. Proceedings, National Conference on Wooden Transportation Structures, Madison, WI, pp. 225–231, October 1996.

Saraf VK, Nowak AS. Verification of Load Carrying Capacity of an Old Bridge. Proceedings, Third Conference on Nondestructive Evaluation of Civil Structures and Materials, Boulder, CO, September 1996, pp. 431–440.

Saraf VK, Nowak AS, Till R. Proof Load Testing of Bridges. Proceedings, ASCE Seventh Specialty Conference on Probabilistic Mechanics and Structural Reliability, Worcester, MA, pp. 526–529, August 1996.

Saraf VK, Nowak AS. Bridge Evaluation using Proof Load Testing. Recent Advances in Bridge Engineering - Evaluation, Management and Repair, Proceedings, US-Europe Workshop on Bridge Engineering, Barcelona, Spain, pp. 383–403, July 1996.

Saraf V, Nowak AS, Kim S. Nondestructive Testing of Bridges. Proceedings, Fourth National Workshop on Bridge Research in Progress, NCEER, Buffalo, NY, pp. 47–50, June 1996.

Nowak AS, Park CH, Saraf VK. Reliability Analysis for Buried Structures. IFIP WG 7.5 Working Conference on Reliability and Optimization of Structural Systems, Boulder, CO, pp. 281–288, April 1996.

Nowak AS, Saraf V. Target Safety Level for Bridges. Proceedings, ASCE Structures Congress XIV, Chicago, Vol. 2, pp. 696–703, April 1996.

Shahrooz BM, Miller RA, Saraf V, Godbole B. Behavior of Reinforced Concrete Slab Bridges During and After Repair. Transportation Research Record, No. 1442, pp. 128–135, 1995.

Saraf V. Effect of Repair on Behavior of Reinforced Concrete Slab Bridges. M.S. Thesis, Department of Civil and Environmental Engineering, University of Cincinnati, Cincinnati, OH, June 1994.

Presentations

Saraf VS, Hilber LB. Buckling of multiple concentric casings. Presentation, 2007 West Regional ABAQUS User’s Conference, Las Vegas, NV, October 2007.

Sire RA, Saraf VK, Moncarz PD. Simulation of hull rupture during ship collision with dock.
ASM Materials Solutions Conference, Failure Analysis and Prevention Symposium, Columbus,
OH, October 2004.

Saraf V. Performance of Bridges in Bhuj, India Earthquake of January 26, 2001. India and Nisqually Earthquake Briefings, EERI, San Francisco, CA, April 3, 2001

Saraf V. Performance of Bridges in Bhuj, India Earthquake of January 26, 2001. India and Nisqually Earthquake Briefings, EERI, Pasadena, CA, April 4, 2001.

Saraf V. Performance of Buildings in Bhuj, India Earthquake of January 26, 2001. ASCE Structures Congress and Exposition, Washington D.C., May 21, 2001.

Saraf V. Case Studies in Failure Analysis. Engineering Seminar Series, Department of Engineering Science and Mechanics, Virginia Tech, Blacksburg, VA, November 7, 2001.

Saraf V, Nowak AS, Sokolik AF, “Proof Load Testing of Steel Girder Bridges,” presentation at 1996 meeting of ASCE Committee on Safety of Bridges, ASCE Structures Congress XIV, Chicago, IL, April 1996.

Reports


Carnahan RA, Shekerlian S, Saraf V. Investigation of the Cedar Point Insane Tower collapse. Exponent FaAA Report, June 2002.

Dekermenjian M, Kemal A, Paduano D, Saraf V, Reza A. Investigation of the July 30, 2000 explosion at Advanced Specialty Gases in Dayton, Nevada. Exponent Failure Analysis Associates, November 2000.

Nowak AS, Saraf VK. Load Testing of Bridges. Research Report UMCEE 96-10 submitted to Michigan Department of Transportation, Lansing, MI, October 1996.

Nowak AS, Saraf VK. Pre-Test Analysis of New Lothrop Bridge. Research Report UMCEE 96-15 submitted to Carl Walker Inc., Kalamazoo, MI, June 1996.

Nowak AS, Park CH, Saraf V. Reliability Analysis for Selected Bridges (for Euro Code). Research Report submitted to Highway Agency (UK), London, UK, December 1995.

Nowak AS, Park CH, Saraf V. Calibration of Load and Resistance Factors for TTC Structural Design Manual. Research Report submitted to D.S. Lea Associates Ltd., Toronto, Canada, December 1995.

Nowak AS, Saraf VK, Kim S. Load Distribution for Plank Decks. Research Report UMCE 95-02 submitted to USDA Forest Service, Madison, WI, January 1995.

Nowak AS, Kim S, Laman JA, Saraf V, Sokolik AF. Truck Loads on Selected Bridges in the Detroit Area. Research Report UMCE 94-34, Department of Civil and Environmental Engineering, University of Michigan, Ann Arbor, Michigan, December 1994.

Shahrooz BM, Miller RA, Saraf V. Strength Continuity of Deteriorated Continuous Slab Bridges. Report No. UC-CII 94/01, Cincinnati Infrastructure Institute, January 1994.

Professional Affiliations

American Society of Civil Engineers (member)

American Institute of Steel Construction (member)

Society of Petroleum Engineers (member)

CREDENTIALS & PROFESSIONAL HONORS

  • Ph.D., Civil Engineering, University of Michigan, Ann Arbor, 1997
  • M.S., Civil Engineering, University of Cincinnati, 1994
  • B.Tech., Civil Engineering, Indian Institute of Technology, Kanpur, India, 1992
  • Rackham Pre-Doctoral Fellow, University of Michigan, Ann Arbor, 1996–1997

LICENSES & CERTIFICATIONS

Licensed Professional Civil Engineer, California, #C61004

Licensed Professional Engineer, Ohio, #80392

Licensed Professional Engineer, Virginia, #0402055990