
Civil Engineering 206A
George N. Frantziskonis

Professor of Civil Engineering and Engineering Mechanics

Professor of Materials Science and Engineering
George Frantziskonis received his civil engineering degree from the Aristotle University in Greece, in 1982 and his doctorate in engineering mechanics from the University of Arizona in 1986. He joined the University of Arizona faculty in 1988 after a visiting position at Aristotle University and consulting for the industry. He is a registered professional civil engineer in the State of Arizona and in the European Union state members. His teaching interests and activities include contemporary, collaborativestyle (flipped classroom), multimedia course delivery methods tailored to classroombased, distance learning, and classes of large enrollment. He has taught numerous courses in the broad areas of civil, mechanical, aerospace, engineering mechanics, and engineering design. He has directed graduate students in civil engineering, engineering materials, and mechanical, aerospace engineering. Frantziskonis’s areas of research interests and activities include multiand interdisciplinary multiscale modeling, simulation, and experimentation, material characterization and applications, probabilistic and multiscale problem formulation and description and applications to safety and reliability, behavior of materials at nanoscale, reactiondiffusiontransport and reactive flow problems, smart materials at a multiplicity of scales. Applications include material characterization and modeling, response of materials to rare stochastic events, and reactiondiffusiontransport phenomena in energy production processes. He has published extensively in journals in the areas of (some journals where his work has been published are shown in parentheses), the diversity coming primarily from extending multiscale methods to several areas of science and engineering:
 Mechanics/Materials ( J. Solids & Structures, Acta Mechanica, Comp. Structures)
 Physics ( Rev. B, Phys. Rev. E, J. Phys. A, J. Phys. Cond. Matter)
 Civil Engineering (ASCE journals, & Geotechnics, Structural Control and Health Monitoring)
 Mechanical Engineering ( Mech. Rev., J. Comp.aided Design)
 Materials Science and Engineering (Smart Mater. & Struct., Intelligent Mat. Systems, Mod. Simul. Mater. Sci. Eng., Comput. Matl. Sci.)
 Chemical Engineering ( J. Chem. React. Engr., Ultras. Sonochemistry, Industrial & Engineering Chemistry Research, Chemical Engineering Science)
 Computational Physics ( Comp. Phys., Chaos, Solitons and Fractals)
 Energy (Energy Conv. & Management)
He holds a tenured professor appointment with the Civil and Architectural Engineering Mechanics Department and a courtesy appointment with the Material Science and Engineering Department at the University of Arizona. He has worked as visiting professor in France, Norway, and Greece, and has taught courses in France and Germany. He has also worked at Department of Defense laboratories for three summers. Awards he has received include the NSF Presidential Young Investigator award and the Fulbright Scholar award.
Degrees
 Ph.D. Engineering Mechanics
 University of Arizona, Tucson, Arizona, United States
 Progressive Damage and Constitutive Behavior of Materials
 B.S. Civil Engineering
 Aristotle University, Thessaloniki, Greece
 An Algorithm for Twoway Traffic Light Synchronization
Work Experience
 Aristotle University (2015  2015)
 National University of Science and Technology (2001  2002)
 Université Bordeaux 1 (2001  2001)
 Laboratoire de Mecanique et Technologie (LMT) (1994  1995)
 Institute National Polytechnique de Grenoble, Laboratoire 3S (1994  1994)
 Air Force Office of Scientific Research (1993  1997)
 Petroleum and Geological Engineering, University of Oklahoma (1991  1991)
 University of Arizona, Tucson, Arizona (1988  Ongoing)
 Institute for Steel Structures, Aristotle University (1986  1988)
Interests
Teaching
Undergraduate Education:Course Experience and Relevant Activities: Fundamentals of Engineering Design—Handson team based experience for freshmen. Engineering Mechanics, Statics—Core Engineering course. Computer programming for Civil Engineers. Strength of Materials—This core course is currently being modified to incorporate learning via the internet, particularly with respect to interactive homework completion. It has also been taught in Grenoble, France, during a sabbatical leave. Engineering Design Graphics—Computer based drafting. Junior Field Trip—Practicum experience for Juniors. Materials Laboratory—experimental property identification of various engineering materials. Engineering Design—Senior design project, a major, team based, Engineering Project. Introductory Finite Element Analysis—Technical elective course for seniors Aerospace and Mechanical Engineering Senior Design Project (team mentoring).Graduate Education:Course Experience and Relevant Activities: Theory of Elasticity and Applications—Research as well as application oriented basic elasticity theory; students majoring in various Engineering disciplines (Mechanics, Aerospace, Mechanical, Mining, Applied Math, etc.) take this course. Plasticity Theory and Applications—Computationally and research oriented plasticity for “traditional” and modern materials. Energy Methods in Mechanics—This “classical” course has been extended to include energy based stability, and chaotic behavior of structures. Continuum Mechanics—Basic principles of solid mechanics. Fracture Mechanics—This includes traditional and nontraditional themes, i.e. statistical fracture, scaling phenomena, numerical analysis, etc.Advanced tools, i.e. symbolic computations by computer, and numerical computations using the program Mathematica have been incorporated in some graduate courses.Multimedia technologies are progressively incorporated into undergraduate and graduate education.
Research
 Multiscale Material and Structural Characterization and Applications. Behavior of Materials at Nanoscale  Surface Effects and Insensitivity to Defects. Stochastic and Multiscale Material Description and Applications to Material and Structural Performance and Reliability. Multiscale Interpretation of Experimental Results. Multiscale and Multiphysics Problems. Scatter in Material Behavior.  Compressed Air Energy Storage.
Courses
Statics
CE 214 (Fall 2020)
CE 214 (Spring 2020)
CE 214 (Spring 2019)
CE 214 (Spring 2018)
CE 214 (Fall 2017)
CE 214 (Fall 2016)
CE 214 (Spring 2016)
Mechanics of Solids
CE 215 (Spring 2023)
CE 215 (Fall 2022)
CE 215 (Spring 2022)
CE 215 (Fall 2021)
CE 215 (Spring 2021)
CE 215 (Fall 2020)
CE 215 (Spring 2020)
CE 215 (Fall 2019)
CE 215 (Spring 2019)
CE 215 (Fall 2018)
CE 215 (Spring 2018)
CE 215 (Fall 2017)
CE 215 (Spring 2017)
CE 215 (Fall 2016)
CE 215 (Spring 2016)
Probabil+Stat Civil Engr
CE 310 (Fall 2022)
CE 310 (Fall 2021)
CE 310 (Fall 2019)
CE 310 (Fall 2018)
Independent Study
CE 399 (Spring 2022)
CE 599 (Spring 2019)
CE 599 (Fall 2018)
EM 599 (Spring 2017)
EM 599 (Fall 2016)
Elasticity Thry+Applictn
EM 504 (Spring 2024)
EM 504 (Spring 2016)
Research Topics
CE 596A (Fall 2020)
CE 596A (Spring 2018)
CE 596A (Spring 2017)
EM 596A (Spring 2017)
Dissertation
CE 920 (Spring 2023)
CE 920 (Fall 2022)
CE 920 (Spring 2022)
CE 920 (Fall 2021)
CE 920 (Spring 2021)
CE 920 (Fall 2020)
CE 920 (Spring 2020)
CE 920 (Fall 2019)
CE 920 (Spring 2018)
CE 920 (Spring 2016)
EM 920 (Fall 2020)
EM 920 (Spring 2020)
EM 920 (Fall 2019)
EM 920 (Spring 2019)
EM 920 (Fall 2018)
EM 920 (Spring 2017)
EM 920 (Fall 2016)
Licensure & Certification
 Professional Engineer, Civil, State of Arizona (2006)
 Professional Engineer, Civil, European Union State Members (1993)
Selected Publications
Chapters
 Pannala, S., Simunovic, S., & Frantziskonis, G. (2010). Multiscale/multiphysics modeling of biomass thermochemical processes. In Computational Modeling in Lignocellulosic Biofuel Production(pp 245272). ACS publishers.
 Frantziskonis, G. N., & Blodgett, M. P. (1998). Multlscale Material Characterization and Applications. In PROBAMAT21st Century: Probabilities and Materials(pp 367378). Springer.
 Frantziskonis, G., Matikas, T. E., Karpur, P., Krishnamurthy, S., & Shaw, L. (1995). Lattice Analysis to Assess Fibermatrix Interface Behavior under Various Experimental Configurations. In Computational Mechanics’ 95(pp 25632568). Springer Berlin Heidelberg.
 Frantziskonis, G. (1994). Crack pattern related universal constants. In Probabilities and Materials(pp 361375). Springer.
Journals/Publications
 Nikravesh, Y., Zhang, Y., Liu, J., & Frantziskonis, G. N. (2022). A partition and microstructure based method applicable to largescale topology optimization. Mechanics of Materials, 166(104234), 104234.
 SniderSimon, B., & Frantziskonis, G. N. (2022). Development of Statistical Models for Porosity from Digital Optical Micrographs with Application to Metal Additive Manufacturing Microstructure. Computational Materials Science, 203(111128), 111128.
 SniderSimon, B., & Frantziskonis, G. N. (2022). Reliability of Metal Additive Manufactured Materials from Modeling the Microstructure at Different Length Scales. Additive Manufacturing, 51(102629), 102629. doi:https://doi.org/10.1016/j.addma.2022.102629
 Nikravesh, Y., Muralidharan, K., & Frantziskonis, G. N. (2021). Technoeconomic assessment and design optimization of compressed air energy storage using filament wound CFRP pressure vessels. Journal of Energy Storage, 40, 102754.
 Sadat, M. R., Muralidharan, K., Frantziskonis, G. N., & Zhang, L. (2021). From atomicscale to mesoscale: A characterization of geopolymer composites using molecular dynamics and peridynamics simulations. Computational Materials Science, 186(110038). doi:https://doi.org/10.1016/j.commatsci.2020.110038
 Gur, S., & Frantziskonis, G. N. (2020). Design of Porous and Functionally Graded NiTi Smart Energy Absorbers Considering Synthetic Parametric Uncertainty. Journal of Intelligent Material Systems and Structures, 122. doi:0.1177/1045389X20977908
 Gur, S., Sadat, M. R., Frantziskonis, G. N., Bringuier, S., Zhang, L., & Muralidharan, K. (2019). The effect of grainsize on fracture of polycrystalline silicon carbide: A multiscale analysis using a molecular dynamicsperidynamics framework. COMPUTATIONAL MATERIALS SCIENCE, 159, 341348.
 Gur, S., Frantziskonis, G. N., & Muralidharan, K. (2018). Atomistic simulation of shape memory effect (SME) and superelasticity (SE) in nanoporous NiTi shape memory alloy (SMA). COMPUTATIONAL MATERIALS SCIENCE, 152, 2837.
 Marmarokopos, K., Doukakis, D., Frantziskonis, G., & Avlonitis, M. (2018). Leak Detection in Plastic Water Supply Pipes with a High SignaltoNoise Ratio Accelerometer. MEASUREMENT & CONTROL, 51(12), 2737.
 Sadat, M. R., Bringuier, S., Muralidharan, K., Frantziskonis, G., & Zhang, L. (2018). Atomicscale dynamics and mechanical response of geopolymer binder under nanoindentation. COMPUTATIONAL MATERIALS SCIENCE, 142, 227236.
 Frantziskonis, G. N., & Gur, S. (2017). Computational simulations for the development of novel solidstate smart NiTiAl thermal diodes. JOURNAL OF INTELLIGENT MATERIAL SYSTEMS AND STRUCTURES, 28(15), 20822094.
 Frantziskonis, G. N., & Gur, S. (2017). Length scale effects and multiscale modeling of thermally induced phase transformation kinetics in NiTi SMA. MODELLING AND SIMULATION IN MATERIALS SCIENCE AND ENGINEERING, 25(4).
 Gur, S., Frantziskonis, G. N., & Aifantis, K. E. (2017). A computation study on the interplay between surface morphology and electrochemical performance of patterned thin film electrodes for Liion batteries. JOURNAL OF POWER SOURCES, 360, 504515.
 Gur, S., Frantziskonis, G. N., & Mishra, S. K. (2017). Thermally modulated shape memory alloy friction pendulum (tmSMAFP) for substantial nearfault earthquake structure protection. STRUCTURAL CONTROL & HEALTH MONITORING, 24(11).
 Gur, S., Frantziskonis, G. N., Pannala, S., & Daw, C. S. (2017). Application of WaveletBased Methods for Accelerating MultiTimeScale Simulation of Bistable Heterogeneous Catalysis. INDUSTRIAL & ENGINEERING CHEMISTRY RESEARCH, 56(9), 23932406.
Proceedings Publications
 Gur, S., Sadat, M. R., Frantziskonis, G. N., Muralidharan, K., Bringuier, S., & Zhang, L. (2019, October). Brittle Fracture of Polycrystaline 3CSic: A Case Study Using Molecular DynamicsPeridynamics Multiscale Models. In 19th International Conference on New Trends in Fatigue and Fracture.
 Gur, S., Muralidharan, K., & Frantziskonis, G. N. (2018, March 1115). Effect of porosity on the stressstrain response and hysteretic energy dissipation capacity of NiTi SMA. In 2018 TMS Annual Meeting & Exhibition.
 Gur, S., Muralidharan, K., & Frantziskonis, G. N. (2018, March 1115). Scaleparity Preserving Multiscale Models for Investigating the Mechanical Properties of Geopolymers. In 2018 TMS Annual Meeting & Exhibition.
 Meisner, M., Frantziskonis, G., Lin, Y., & Su, T. (1996, May/1996). Dissipated energy as a function of material microstructure. In ENGINEERING MECHANICS: PROCEEDINGS OF THE 11TH CONFERENCE, VOLS 1 AND 2, 10301033.
 S. K. Mishra, ., & Pannala, S. (2008). Wavelet Based Spatial Scaling of Coupled Reaction Diffusion Fields. In 8th International Conference in Computational Science ICCS 2008, 301310.
 Villela, D., Kasinathan, V. V., De Valle, S., Alvarez, M., Frantziskonis, G., Deymier, P., Muralidharan, K., & , . (2008). COMPRESSEDAIR ENERGY STORAGE SYSTEMS FOR STANDALONE OFFGRID PHOTOVOLTAIC MODULES. In 35TH IEEE PHOTOVOLTAIC SPECIALISTS CONFERENCE, 962967.
 FRANTZISKONIS, G., BEER, G., BOOKER, ., & CARTER, J. (2006). DEGRADATION INSTABILITIES IN BRITTLE MATERIAL STRUCTURES. In COMPUTER METHODS AND ADVANCES IN GEOMECHANICS, VOL 1, 617623.
 FRANTZISKONIS, G., Anagnostopoulos, A., Schlosser, F., Kalteziotis, N., & Frank, R. (2003). HETEROGENEITY IN BRITTLE MATERIALS  STATISTICAL APPROACH AND RELATION TO FRACTURE PROPERTIES. In GEOTECHNICAL ENGINEERING OF HARD SOILS  SOFT ROCKS, VOL 2, 16011608.
 Frantziskonis, G. N., Shell, E. B., Woo, J., Matikas, T. E., & Nicolaou, P. D. (1999). Wavelet analysis of fretting experimental data. In Nondestructive Evaluation Techniques for Aging Infrastructures \& Manufacturing, 1127.
 Frantziskonis, G. N., Simon, L. B., Woo, J., & Matikas, T. E. (1999). Characterization of pitting corrosion damage through multiscale analysis. In Nondestructive Evaluation Techniques for Aging Infrastructures \& Manufacturing, 4858.
 Mishra, S. K., Muralidharan, K., Deymier, P., Frantziskonis, G., Simunovic, S., Pannala, S., Bubak, M., VanAlbada, G., Dongarra, J., & Sloot, P. (1999). Wavelet based spatial scaling of coupled reaction diffusion fields. In COMPUTATIONAL SCIENCE  ICCS 2008, PT 2, 5102, 301310.
 Budhu, M., Ramakrishnan, S., & Frantziskonis, G. (1997). Modeling of granular materials: A numerical model using lattices. In Mechanics of deformation and flow of particulate materials, 7790.
 Frantziskonis, G., Blodgett, M., & Frantziskonis, G. (1996). Multiscale material characterization and applications. In PROBAMAT21ST CENTURY: PROBABILITIES AND MATERIALS, 46, 367378.
 Meisner, M. J., & Frantziskonis, G. N. (1996). Dissipated Energy as a Function of Material Microstructure. In Engineering Mechanics (1996), 10301033.
 Ramakrishnan, S., Budhu, M., & Frantziskonis, G. (1996). Constitutive Behavior of Granular Media Using a Lattice Type Model. In Engineering Mechanics (1996), 713716.
Presentations
 Frantziskonis, G. N. (2016, June). Thermally Modulated Superelastic SMA Dampers for Vibration Control. 6th Annual International Conference on Civil Engineering & 1st Annual International Conference on Structural Engineering and Mechanics. Athens, Greece: ATINER.
 Gur, S., Manga, V. R., Bringuier, S., Muralidharan, K., & Frantziskonis, G. N. (2016, April). The role of internal strain in the austenite phase stabilization during the martensitic phase transformation in NiTi shape memory alloys. MRS Spring meeting and exhibit. Phoenix, AZ: MRS.
 Gur, S., Manga, V. R., Bringuier, S., Muralidharan, K., & Frantziskonis, G. N. (2015, March). Anisotropy in the Transformation Dynamics of Austenite (B2) to Martensite (B19’) Associated with Superelasticity in NiTi. 2015 TMS Annual Meeting & Exhibition. Orlando, FL: TMS.
Others
 Frantziskonis, G. (1996, JUN). Stochastic approaches for damage evolution in standard and nonstandard continua  Discussion. INTERNATIONAL JOURNAL OF SOLIDS AND STRUCTURES.
 Yializis, A., & Frantziskonis, G. (2002). Method and apparatus for increasing hitting efficacy in a sporting implement.
 Budhu, M., Frantziskonis, G., & Ramakrishnan, S. (1996). MicroStructure in Particulate MediaA Lattice Type Approach and Its Validation..
 Frantziskonis, G. (1995). Materials propertiesinformation from nondestructive and destructive experiments via simulation. Final report, 27 July 199427 December 1995.
 Frantziskonis, G. N. (1995). Materials PropertiesInformation from NonDestructive and Destructive Experiments Via Simulation..
 Tang, F., Frantziskonis, G., & Desai, C. (1992). Instabilities of Damage and Surface Degradation Mechanisms in Brittle Material Structural Systems.
Awards
 Accreditation Review Panel Member (fivemember panel), University of Crete
 NSF, Fall 1991
 Fulbright
 Fulbright scholarship for sixmonth visit to the Department of Theoretical Physics, Trondheim, Norway, 2001, Fall 2001