Jeffrey Packer

Professor

Bahen/Tanenbaum Professor of Civil Engineering

Background

Research Interests

Teaching

Accomplishments & News

Team

Research

Publications

Study

Contact

Packer, Jeff 2016

Background

Professor Jeffrey Packer is an international authority and leading scholar in the field of tubular steel structures. He has published extensively on this topic, including many books - directed at practising engineers - that span five languages.

He currently serves on technical committees for the American Institute of Steel Construction, American Welding Society, Canadian Standards Association, International Institute of Welding, Steel Tube Institute, and the International Committee for the Development and Study of Tubular Construction.

Education and Designations

B.E., 1st. Class Honours, Civil Engineering, University of Adelaide, Australia
M.Sc., Structural Engineering, University of Manchester, U.K.
Ph.D., Structural Engineering, University of Nottingham, U.K.
D.Sc., Structural Engineering, University of Nottingham, U.K.
C.Eng., P.Eng., F.CAE, F.ICE, F.ASCE, F.CSCE, F.AAAS

Research Interests

Experimental (small- to large-scale), numerical (non-linear finite element analysis) and analytical research related to the behaviour and design of steel structures.

Research is oriented towards:

  • Tubular structures, connections and joints (welded, bolted, nailed and cast)
  • Diverse loading conditions, covering quasi-static, fatigue, impact, blast and seismic
  • Varied materials, including cast iron, glass, fibre-reinforced polymer composites, and steel-concrete composites.

Teaching

Course CodeTitle & DescriptionSessionDay(s)Start TimeEndSection
CIV100HFall 2018Scheduled by the Office of the Faculty Registrar.
CIV1175H
Fall 2018Monday18:0021:00101

Accomplishments & News

Team

Postdoctoral Fellows

Dr. Kyle Tousignant
E-mail: kyle.tousignant@mail.utoronto.ca

PhD Students

Mr. Augusto Fidalgo
Email: augustomafi@gmail.com

 

MASc Students

Mr. Xiao Ding (Dean) Bu                Email: deanx.bu@mail.utoronto.ca

 

 

 

Research

Publications

Study

Continuing Education Courses

CIV 1175:  "Design of Tubular Steel Structures" is given annually for graduate students and industrial participants.  It is next offered in September 2017.

Research

The Tube Group at the University of Toronto is renowned worldwide for the quality of its leading-edge research on Tubular Structures and the impact that this has had on international structural engineering practice. If you are interested in expanding the bounds of knowledge in this topic, by either graduate research or a Postdoctoral Fellowship, and are of high academic standing with relevant experience, please contact Professor J.A. Packer. Excellent laboratory and computing facilities are available for the pursuit of innovative experimental (Structural engineering section) and numerical studies. Structural tubing is a rapidly expanding construction medium, driven by both economics and aesthetics, the latter being evidenced by the popularity of Architecturally Exposed Structural Steel (AESS) with architects.

The “International Symposium on Tubular Structures” (ISTS) is the prime international forum for presentation of research, developments and applications in the field of onshore tubular structures.  At ISTS9 in 2001 the international tube organization CIDECT initiated a “CIDECT President’s Student Award” for the top international work in the field submitted by a graduate student to an international competition, and to be awarded at each ISTS.  At ISTS9 (2001, Düsseldorf, Germany), ISTS10 (2003, Madrid, Spain), ISTS12 (2008, Shanghai, China), and ISTS13 (2010, Hong Kong, China), 1st. place went to outstanding research students from the Tube Group at the University of Toronto.

Recent research initiatives have been pursued in the field of impulsive loading, involving high strain-rate behaviour of materials, the performance of members and sub-assemblies under highly dynamic loading, and large-scale field blast testing of building components and systems.

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From left to right (pictured at ISTS 10, Madrid, 2003):

Prof. Jeffrey Packer
Kurobane Lecturer, ISTS10, 2003
Houdremont Lecturer, ISTS11, 2006
University of Toronto, Canada

Dr. Nick Kosteski
University of Toronto, Canada

Dr. Maura Lecce
Winner of the CIDECT President's Student Award (ISTS10, 2003)
University of Sydney, Australia (2003)
University of Toronto, Canada

Dr. Silke Willibald
Winner of the CIDECT President's Student Award (ISTS9, 2001)
University of Toronto, Canada
Karlsruhe Institute of Technology, Germany (2001)

Links

University of Toronto, Department of Civil & Mineral Engineering:
http://www.civmin.utoronto.ca

Explora Security Ltd.:
www.explorasecurity.com

Explora Foundation:
www.theexplorafoundation.org

Centre for Resilience of Critical Infrastructure
crci.utoronto.ca

CIDECT:
www.cidect.com

American Institute of Steel Construction:
www.aisc.org

Canadian Institute of Steel Construction:
www.cisc-icca.ca

Canadian Foundation for Innovation:
www.innovation.ca

Ontario Centres of Excellence:
www.oce-ontario.org

Ontario Ministry of Research and Innovation:
www.ontario.ca/innovation

International Iron and Steel Institute:
www.worldsteel.org

International Institute of Welding:
www.iiwelding.org

Steel Construction Institute:
www.steel-sci.org

Steel Tube Institute of North America:
www.steeltubeinstitute.org

Modern Steel Construction:
www.aisc.org/msctemplate.cfm

American Welding Society:
www.aws.org

Atlas Tube Inc.:
www.atlastube.com

Cast ConneX Corporation:
www.castconnex.com

Contact

Jeffrey Packer
Department of Civil & Mineral Engineering
University of Toronto
35 St. George St.
Toronto, Ontario
Canada, M5S 1A4

 

Office: GB236

Tel: 416-978-4776
Fax: 416-978-7046

jeffrey.packer@utoronto.ca