Faculty - Oral Buyukozturk

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Oral Buyukozturk


Room 1-281
77 Massachusetts Avenue
Cambridge, MA, 02139

Laboratory for Infrastructure Science and and Sustainability

Telephone: 617.253.7186 Email: obuyuk@mit.edu Assistant: Rebecca Fowler / rfowler@mit.edu


  • Ph.D. 1970, Cornell University
  • M.S. 1969, Cornell University
  • M.S.C.E. 1963, Istanbul Technical University, Istanbul, Turkey

Research Interests

Professor Buyukozturk’s research focuses on mechanics and design of structures and innovative materials. His work includes behavior and design of concrete structures, integrity assessment of reinforced/prestressed nuclear containment systems, durability of materials, earthquake engineering, interface fracture mechanics, fiber-reinforced polymer (FRP) composites in structural rehabilitation, structural health monitoring (SHM), and nondestructive testing (NDT). His recent research focus also includes multi-scale analysis of multi-layer material systems using molecular dynamics (MD).

Teaching Interests

  • Mechanics and Design of Concrete Structures (1.541/1.054)
  • Structural and Geotechnical Engineering Design (1.036)
  • Structural Mechanics in Nuclear Power Technology (1.56J)
  • Colossal Failures in Engineering (21W.781/ESD.032J)

Selected Publications

  1. Lau, D., K. Broderick, M. J. Buehler, and O. Buyukozturk, "A robust nano-scale experimental quantification of fracture energy in a bi-layer material system", Proceedings of the National Academy of Sciences of the United States of America, in press.
  2. Çelebi, M., Toksöz, N., & Büyüköztürk, O. (2014). Rocking behavior of an instrumented unique building on the MIT campus identified from ambient shaking data. Earthquake Spectra, Vol. 30, No. 2, pp. 704-720, May 2014.
  3. Ozkaynak, H., Yuksel, E., Yalcin, C., Dindar, A. A., & Buyukozturk, O. (2013). Masonry infill walls in reinforced concrete frames as a source of structural damping. Earthquake Engineering & Structural Dynamics, DOI: 10.1002/eqe.2380.
  4. Ahmet Anıl Dindar, Cem Yalçın, Ercan Yüksel, Hasan Özkaynak, and Oral Büyüköztürk (2013) Development of Earthquake Energy Demand Spectra. Earthquake Spectra In-Press, DOI: 10.1193/011212EQS010M.
  5. Gunes, O., Lau, D., Tuakta, C., & Büyüköztürk, O. (2013). Ductility of FRP–concrete systems: Investigations at different length scales. Construction and Building Materials, Vol. 49, Dec. 2013, pp. 915–925. (pdf)
  6. Emge, T. and O. Buyukozturk (2012), “Remote Nondestructive Testing of Composite-steel Interface by Acoustic Laser Vibrometry”, Materials Evaluation 70(12): 1401-1410.
  7. Lau, D., Buyukozturk, O. and Buehler, M.J., "Characterization of the adhesive strength between epoxy and silica using a free energy approach", Journal of Materials Research, accepted for publication.
  8. Gunes, O. and Buyukozturk, O., "Simulation-based microwave imaging of plain and reinforced concrete for nondestructive evaluation", International Journal of Physical Sciences