Gernay, Thomas

Assistant Professor
Civil Engineering
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About

Education
  • Ph.D. 2012, University of Liege
  • Master of Engineering 2009, University of Liege
Awards
  • 2017:  Gustave Magnel Prize - Period 2012-2016
  • 2017:  Prix President Andre Leroux
  • 2014:  Fulbright Postdoctoral Scholar
  • 2014:  IAFSS Best Thesis Award "Excellence in Research" Europe and Africa 2011-2014
  • 2014:  Belgian American Educational Foundation Fellowship
  • 2013:  McKinsey & Company Scientific Award
  • 2013:  AILg Young Scientist Award
  • 2010:  PIANC De Paepe-Willems Award
  • 2009:  Best Master's Thesis Award
Presentations
  • "Computational modeling of concrete structures in fire", Invited seminar.  Edinburgh, United Kingdom of Great Britain and Northern Ireland (the).  December 10, 2018
  • "Probabilistic strength retention factors for steel and concrete and effect on structural reliability of columns in fire", ASTM Workshop on Advancements in Evaluating the Fire Resistance of Structures.  Washington, D.C., United States of America (the).  December 7, 2018
  • "Fire resistance vs Burnout resistance", Invited Lecture.  Ghent, Belgium.  October 31, 2018
  • "SAFIR training", SAFIR training session.  Baltimore Maryland, United States of America (the).  June 21, 2018
  • "SAFIR workshop in margin of SiF 2018", SAFIR workshop in margin of SiF 2018.  Belfast, United Kingdom of Great Britain and Northern Ireland (the).  June 5, 2018
  • "Behavior of steel frame structures under natural fire and collapse mechanisms during cooling", ASCE Structures Congress.  Forth Worth Texas, United States of America (the).  April 21, 2018
  • "Computational modeling of concrete structures in fire", NIST invited seminar.  Gaithersburg Maryland, United States of America (the).  October 3, 2017

Publications

Journal Articles
  • Gernay T, Van Coile R, Elhami Khorasani N, Hopkin D (2019).  Efficient uncertainty quantification method applied to structural fire engineering computations.  Engineering Structures.  183.  1-17.
  • Thomas Gernay, Ruben Van Coile, Negar Elhami Khorasani, Danny Hopkin (2019).  Efficient uncertainty quantification method applied to structural fire engineering computations.  Engineering Structures.
  • Gernay T (2019).  Fire resistance and burnout resistance of reinforced concrete columns.  Fire Safety Journal.  104.  67-78.
  • Sauca A, Gernay T, Robert F, Tondini N, Franssen JM (2018).  Hybrid fire testing: Discussion on stability and implementation of a new method in a virtual environment.  Journal of Structural Fire Engineering.  9(4).  319-341.
  • Gernay T, Gamba A (2018).  Progressive collapse triggered by fire induced column loss: Detrimental effect of thermal forces.  Engineering Structures.  172.  483-496.
  • Maraveas C, Gernay T, Franssen JM (2018).  Sensitivity of elevated temperature load carrying capacity of thin-walled steel members to local imperfections.  Applications of Fire Engineering - Proceedings of the International Conference of Applications of Structural Fire Engineering, ASFE 2017.  19-29.
  • Gernay T, Peric V, Mihaylov B, Molkens T, Franssen JM (2018).  Effect of upgrading concrete strength class on fire performance of reinforced concrete columns.  Applications of Fire Engineering - Proceedings of the International Conference of Applications of Structural Fire Engineering, ASFE 2017.  189-198.
  • Sauca A, Mergny E, Gernay T, Franssen JM (2018).  A method for hybrid fire testing: Development, implementation and numerical application.  Applications of Fire Engineering - Proceedings of the International Conference of Applications of Structural Fire Engineering, ASFE 2017.  225-234.
  • Elhami-Khorasani N, Fang C, Gernay T (2018).  Comparative fire analysis of steel-concrete composite buildings designed following performance-based and US prescriptive approaches.  Applications of Fire Engineering - Proceedings of the International Conference of Applications of Structural Fire Engineering, ASFE 2017.  131-140.
  • Gernay T, Khorasani NE, Garlock M (2018).  Fire Fragility Functions for Steel Frame Buildings: Sensitivity Analysis and Reliability Framework.  Fire Technology.
  • Elhami Khorasani N, Gernay T, Garlock M (2017).  Data-driven probabilistic post-earthquake fire ignition model for a community.  Fire Safety Journal.  94.  33-44.
  • Molkens T, Van Coile R, Gernay T (2017).  Assessment of damage and residual load bearing capacity of a concrete slab after fire: Applied reliability-based methodology.  Engineering Structures.  150.  969-985.
  • Franssen JM, Gernay T (2017).  Modeling structures in fire with SAFIR®: Theoretical background and capabilities.  Journal of Structural Fire Engineering.  8(3).  300-323.
  • Elhami-Khorasani N, Fang C, Gernay T (2017).  Performance-based fire design and the U.S. Prescriptive guidelines: A comparative study.  IABSE Conference, Vancouver 2017: Engineering the Future - Report.  3377-3383.
  • Sauca A, Gernay T, Robert F, Franssen JM (2017).  Analysis of a concrete building exposed to natural fire.  Applications of Structural Fire Engineering.
  • Gernay T (2017).  Sensitivity of structures to fire decay phases: Quantitative comparison of structural components made of different materials.  Applications of Structural Fire Engineering.
  • Dumont F, Wellens E, Gernay T, Franssen JM (2016).  Loadbearing capacity criteria in fire resistance testing.  Materials and Structures/Materiaux et Constructions.  49(11).  4565-4581.
  • Gernay T, Elhami Khorasani N, Garlock M (2016).  Fire fragility curves for steel buildings in a community context: A methodology.  Engineering Structures.  113.  259-276.
  • Chu TB, Gernay T, Dotreppe JC, Franssen JM (2016).  Steel hollow columns with an internal profile filled with self-compacting concrete under fire conditions.  Proceedings of the Romanian Academy Series A - Mathematics Physics Technical Sciences Information Science.  17(2).  152-159.
  • Gernay T (2016).  Fire performance of columns made of normal and high strength concrete: A comparative analysis.  Key Engineering Materials.  711.  564-571.
  • Gernay T (2016).  A method for measuring the sensitivity of building structural members to fire decay phases.  Acta Polytechnica.  56(5).  344-352.
  • Gernay T, Selamet S, Tondini N, Khorasani NE (2016).  Urban Infrastructure Resilience to Fire Disaster: An Overview.  Procedia Engineering.  161.  1801-1805.
  • Elhami Khorasani N, Gernay T, Garlock M (2016).  Probabilistic measures of earthquake effects on fire performance of tall buildings.  Insights and Innovations in Structural Engineering, Mechanics and Computation - Proceedings of the 6th International Conference on Structural Engineering, Mechanics and Computation, SEMC 2016.  1744-1749.
  • Franssen JM, Zhao B, Gernay T (2016).  Experimental tests and numerical modelling on slender steel Columns at high temperatures.  Journal of Structural Fire Engineering.  7(1).  30-40.
  • Gernay T, Franssen JM (2015).  A performance indicator for structures under natural fire.  Engineering Structures.  100.  94-103.
  • Khorasani NE, Gernay T, Garlock M (2015).  Tools for measuring a city's resilience in a fire following earthquake scenario.  IABSE Conference, Geneva 2015: Structural Engineering: Providing Solutions to Global Challenges - Report.  886-889.
  • Gernay T, Franssen JM (2015).  A plastic-damage model for concrete in fire: Applications in structural fire engineering.  Fire Safety Journal.  71.  268-278.
  • Franssen JM, Cowez B, Gernay T (2014).  Effective stress method to be used in beam finite elements to take local instabilities into account.  Fire Safety Science.  11.  544-557.
  • Gernay T, Franssen JM (2013).  A multiaxial constitutive model for concrete in the fire situation.  Fire and Materials 2013 - 13th International Conference and Exhibition, Conference Proceedings.  149-162.
  • Gernay T, Millard A, Franssen JM (2013).  A multiaxial constitutive model for concrete in the fire situation: Theoretical formulation.  International Journal of Solids and Structures.  50(22-23).  3659-3673.
  • Gernay T, Dimia MS (2013).  Structural behaviour of concrete columns under natural fires.  Engineering Computations (Swansea, Wales).  30(6).  854-872.
  • Zaharia R, Vulcu C, Vassart O, Gernay T, Franssen JM (2013).  Numerical analysis of partially fire protected composite slabs.  Steel and Composite Structures.  14(1).  21-39.
  • Gernay T, Franssen JM (2012).  A formulation of the Eurocode 2 concrete model at elevated temperature that includes an explicit term for transient creep.  Fire Safety Journal.  51.  1-9.
  • Vassart O, Bailey CG, Hawes M, Nadjai A, Simms WI, Zhao B, Gernay T, Franssen JM (2012).  Large-scale fire test of unprotected cellular beam acting in membrane action.  Proceedings of the Institution of Civil Engineers: Structures and Buildings.  165(7).  327-334.
  • Gernay T (2012).  Effect of Transient Creep Strain Model on the Behavior of Concrete Columns Subjected to Heating and Cooling.  Fire Technology.  48(2).  313-329.
  • Gernay T, Franssen JM (2011).  A comparison between explicit and implicit modelling of transient creep strain in concrete uniaxial constitutive relationships.  Conference Proceedings - Fire and Materials 2011, 12th International Conference and Exhibition.  405-416.
  • Vassart O, Bailey CG, Hawes M, Nadjai A, Simms WI, Zhao B, Gernay T, Franssen JM (2011).  Large-scale fire test of unprotected cellular beam acting in membrane action.  Journal of Structural Fire Engineering.  2(4).  259-267.
  • Salah Dimia M, Guenfoud M, Gernay T, Franssen JM (2011).  Collapse of concrete columns during and after the cooling phase of a fire.  Journal of Fire Protection Engineering.  21(4).  245-263.
  • Vassart O, Bailey CG, Hawes M, Nadjai A, Simms WI, Zhao B, Gernay T, Franssen JM (2010).  Large-scale fire test of unprotected cellular beam acting in membrane action.  Structures in Fire - Proceedings of the Sixth International Conference, SiF'10.  398-406.
  • Gernay T, Franssen JM (2010).  Consideration of transient creep in the eurocode constitutive model for concrete in the fire situation.  Structures in Fire - Proceedings of the Sixth International Conference, SiF'10.  784-791.
  • Vulcu C, Gernay T, Zaharia R, Franssen JM (2010).  Numerical modelling of membrane action of composite slabs in fire situation.  Structures in Fire - Proceedings of the Sixth International Conference, SiF'10.  474-483.
  • Gernay T (2010).  Optimization and analysis of lock gates in the framework of the" Seine-Escaut Est" waterway upgrading.  Bulletin of the Permanent International Association of Navigation Congresses.  (141).  11-26.
  • Gernay T, Rigo P (2010).  Analysis of ship impact on lock gates-Seine-Escaut Est waterway.  Mathematical Modelling in Civil Engineering.  6(4).  43-55.
Conference Proceedings
  • Stephani A, Van Coile R, Elhami Khorasani N, Gernay T, Hopkin D (2018).  Probabilistic model for steel yield strength retention factor at elevated temperatures: Influence of model choice on structural failure fragility curve for steel columns exposed to fire.  16th International Probabilistic Workshop.  Wiley.  Beton- und Stahlbetonbau 113(S2).  128.
  • Van Coile R, Gernay T, Elhami Khorasani N, Hopkin D (2018).  Evaluating uncertainty in steel-composite structure response under fire – Application of the ME-MDRM.  10th International Conference on Structures in Fire.  Ulster University.  893-900.
  • Achenbach M, Gernay T, Morgenthal G (2018).  Verification of a tabulated method of Eurocode for concrete columns using a response surface and advanced methods.  10th International Conference on Structures in Fire.  101-106.
  • Gernay T, Gamba A (2018).  Behaviour of steel frame structures under localised fire including progressive collapse during cooling.  10th International Conference on Structures in Fire.  Ulster University.  633-640.
  • Maraveas C, Gernay T, Franssen JM (2018).  An equivalent stress method for considering local buckling in beam finite elements in the fire situation.  10th International Conference on Structures in Fire.  Ulster University.  703-710.
  • Ferreira J, Gernay T, Franssen JM (2018).  Discussion on a systematic approach to validation of software for structures in fire.  10th International Conference on Structures in Fire.  Ulster University.  317-324.
  • Mergny E, Drion G, Gernay T, Franssen JM (2018).  A PI-controller for Hybrid Fire Testing in a non-linear environment.  10th International Conference on Structures in Fire.  Ulster University.  861-868.
  • Elhami Khorasani N, Fang C, Gernay T (2017).  Performance-based fire design and the US prescriptive guidelines: A comparative study.  39th IABSE Symposium – Engineering the Future.  109(5).  3377-3383.
  • Maraveas C, Gernay T, Franssen JM (2017).  Buckling of steel plates at elevated temperatures: Theory of perfect plates vs Finite Element Analysis.  2nd Int Conf on Structural Safety Under Fire and Blast Loading–CONFAB.
  • Elhami Khorasani N, Fang C, Gernay T (2017).  Comparative fire analysis of steel-concrete composite buildings designed following performance-based and US prescriptive approaches.  Applications of Structural Fire Engineering ASFE 2017 Conference.  131-140.
  • Sauca A, Mergny E, Gernay T, Franssen JM (2017).  A method for hybrid fire testing: Development, implementation and numerical application.  Applications of Structural Fire Engineering ASFE 2017 Conference.  225-234.
  • Maraveas C, Gernay T, Franssen JM (2017).  Sensitivity of elevated temperature load carrying capacity of thin-walled steel members to local imperfections.  Applications of Structural Fire Engineering ASFE 2017 Conference.  19-29.
  • Gernay T, Peric V, Mihaylov B, Molkens T, Franssen JM (2017).  Effect of upgrading concrete strength class on fire performance of reinforced concrete columns.  Applications of Structural Fire Engineering ASFE 2017 Conference.  189-198.
  • Gernay T, Elhami Khorasani N, Garlock M (2017).  Fire risk assessment of multi-story buildings based on fragility analysis.  Proceedings of the 2nd International Fire Safety Symposium-IFireSS 2017.  25-32.
  • Molkens T, Gernay T, Caspeele R (2017).  Fire resistance of concrete slabs acting in compressive membrane action.  Proceedings of the 2nd International Fire Safety Symposium-IFireSS 2017.  661-668.
  • Elhami Khorasani N, Gernay T, Garlock M (2016).  Probabilistic Measures of Earthquake Effects on Fire Performance of Tall Buildings.  Sixth Int Conf on Structural Engineering, Mechanics and Computation.  1744-1749.
  • Sauca A, Gernay T, Robert F, Tondini N, Franssen JM (2016).  A Novel Methodology for Hybrid Fire Testing.  Proceedings of the 6th European Conference on Structural Control.
  • Gernay T, Franssen F (2016).  Towards a standard measure of the ability of a structure to resist a natural fire.  Ninth International Conference on Structures in Fire.  861-868.
  • Achenbach M, Gernay T, Morgenthal G (2016).  Fire Resistance of Reinforced Concrete Columns Subjected to Standard Fire–Comparison of an Advanced and a Simplified Method.  Ninth International Conference on Structures in Fire.  86-93.
  • Molkens T, Gernay T, Van Coile R, Ruben (2016).  Conversion of visual post fire measurements into fire severity with the aid of thermo-plastic analysis for retrofitting.  Ninth International Conference on Structures in Fire.  893-900.
  • Sauca A, Gernay T, Robert F, Tondini N, Franssen JM (2016).  Stability in hybrid fire testing.  Ninth International Conference on Structures in Fire.  836-843.
  • Gernay T, Elhami Khorasani N, Garlock M (2016).  Critical parameters in deriving fire fragility functions for steel gravity frames.  Ninth International Conference on Structures in Fire.  917-924.
  • Elhami Khorasani N, Gernay T, Garlock M (2016).  Fire fragility functions for community resilience assessment.  Ninth International Conference on Structures in Fire.  909-916.
  • Gernay T (2015).  Sensitivity of structures to fire decay phases: quantitative comparison of structural components made of different materials.  Applications of Structural Fire Engineering.  74-79.
  • Sauca A, Gernay T, Robert F, Franssen JM (2015).  Analysis of a concrete building exposed to natural fire.  Applications of Structural Fire Engineering.  92-97.
  • Elhami Khorasani N, Gernay T, Garlock M, Maria (2015).  Tools for Measuring a City’s Resilience in a Fire Following Earthquake Scenario.  IABSE -Structural Engineering: Providing Solutions to Global Challenges.  886-889.
  • Gernay T, Elhami Khorasani N, Garlock M (2015).  Fragility analysis of a steel building in fire.  First Int Conf on Structural Safety under Fire & Blast - CONFAB.  252-261.
  • Franssen JM, Zhao B, Gernay T (2014).  Experimental tests and numerical modelling on eight slender steel columns under increasing temperatures.  8th International Conference on Structures in Fire.  19-24.
  • Franssen JM, Cowez B, Gernay T (2014).  Effective stress method to be used in beam finite elements to take local instabilities into account.  11th IAFSS Symposium.  544-557.
  • Gernay T, Franssen JM (2013).  A multiaxial constitutive model for concrete in the fire situation.  13th Fire and Materials Conference.  149-161.
  • Zaharia R, Gernay T (2012).  Validation of the Advanced Calculation Model SAFIR Through DIN EN 1991-1-2 Procedure.  10th International Conference ASCCS 2012.  841-848.
  • Gernay T, Millard A (2012).  A multiaxial concrete model for applications in structural fire engineering.  7th International Conference on Structures in Fire.  531-540.
  • Gernay T, Dimia MS (2011).  Structural behavior of concrete columns under natural fires including cooling down phase.  Int Conf on Recent Advances in Nonlinear Models-Structural Concrete Applications.  637-656.
  • Zaharia R, Duma D, Vassart O, Gernay T, Franssen JM (2011).  Simplified fire design for Slim Floor beams.  6th European Conference on Steel and Composite Structures.  1539-1544.
  • Zaharia R, Duma D, Vassart O, Gernay T, Franssen JM (2011).  Simplified method for the temperature distribution in slim floor beams.  International Conference Applications of Structural Fire Engineering.  11-22.
  • Gernay T, Franssen JM (2011).  A comparison between explicit and implicit modelling of transient creep strain in concrete uniaxial constitutive relationships.  12th Fire and Materials Conference.  405-416.
  • Vulcu C, Gernay T, Zaharia R, Franssen JM (2010).  Numerical modelling of membrane action of composite slabs in fire situation.  Sixth International Conference on Structures in Fire.  474.
  • Vassart O, Bailey C, Hawes M, Nadjai A, Simms WI, Zhao B, Gernay T, Franssen JM (2010).  Large-scale fire test of unprotected cellular beam acting in membrane action.  Sixth International Conference on Structures in Fire.  398-406.
  • Gernay T, Franssen JM (2010).  Consideration of transient creep in the Eurocode constitutive model for concrete in the fire situation.  Sixth International Conference on Structures in Fire.  784-791.
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