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Zuhal studied the nonlinear behaviour of anchored and unanchored liquid storage tanks for her PhD. The recent fluid-structure interaction techniques of the FEM were applied to assess the seismic behaviour of tanks. During her PhD, she also worked on the time domain and frequency domain scaling procedures to generate design response spectrum compatible earthquake records. She joined Structural Mechanics Division of the Katholieke Universiteit Leuven as a postdoctoral researcher in 2010. Her research work concentrated on the numerical assessment of the dynamic response of lifelines to ground vibrations using a 2.5D coupled finite element-boundary element (FE-BE) methodology including soil-structure interaction effects.
She joined the Computational Mechanics and Design Group as a research associate in 2011. Her work focused upon the numerical analysis of the micro truss materials under transient dynamic loading conditions. In November 2012 she was appointed as a lecturer in the Department of Civil and Structural Engineering.
Zuhal’s research interests include seismic analysis of structures, response of lifelines to dynamic loadings, and high-strain rate behaviour of materials.