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Pol D. Spanos
Professor
Lewis B. Ryon Professor of Mechanical Engineering, Civil Engineering, & Materials Science and NanoEngineering
 
e-mail:spanos@rice.edu
 
  • Diploma Varvakeios School for Advanced Students
  • Diploma National Technical University
  • M.S. California Institute of Technology
  • Ph.D. California Institute of Technology
 
Primary Department
   Department of Mechanical Engineering
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Department Affiliations
 
  • Department of Civil and Environmental Engineering
  • Department of Materials Science and NanoEngineering
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    Research Areas
     Aerospace, Biomedical, Forensic, Marine, Petroleum, Seismic and Structural Engineering
     
    Selected Publications
     Abstracts
     

    IA Kougioumtzoglou and P.D. Spanos "Non-stationary Stochastic Response Determination of Nonlinear Systems: A Wiener Path Integral Formalism." ASCE Journal of Engineering Mechanics (2013) In Press

     
     Refereed articles
     

    An efficient Wiener path integral technique formulation for stochastic response determination of nonlinear MDOF systems (with I.A. Kougioumtzoglou, A. Di Matteo, A. Pirrotta and M. Di Paola), ASME Journal of Applied Mechanics, Vol. 82, 101005: 107-113, October 2015.

     
     

    Q-method extended Kalman Filter (with T. Ainscough, R. Zanetti and J. Christian), Journal of Guidance, Control, and Dynamics, Vol. 38, No. 4, pp. 752-760, April 2015. 

     
     

    A. Giaralis and P.D. Spanos "Third-order Statistical Linearization-based Approach to Derive Equivalent Linear Properties of Bilinear Hysteretic Systems for Seismic Response Spectrum Analysis." Journal of Structural Safety, 44 (2013/December) : 59-69.

     
     

    A. Giarilis and P.D. Spanos "Derivation of Response Spectrum Compatible Non-Stationary Stochastic Processes Relying on Monte Carlo-Based Peak Factor Estimation." Journal of Earthquakes and Structures, 3 (2013) : 719-747.

     
     

    G. Malara, F. Arena and P.D. Spanos "Maximum Roll Angle Estimation of a Ship in Confused Sea Waves via a Quasi-deterministic Approach." Journal of Probabilistic Engineering Mechanics (2013/August ) In Press

     
     

    I.A. Kougioumtzoglou and P.D. Spanos "Galerkin Scheme-Based Determination of First-Passage Probability of Nonlinear System Response." Journal of Structures and Infrastructure Engineering (2013) In Press

     
     

    I.A. Kougioumtzoglou and P.D. Spanos "Nonlinear MDOF System Stochastic Response Determination via a Dimension Reduction Approach." Journal of Computers and Structures (2012/November) In Press

     
     

    I.A. Kougioumtzoglou and P.D. Spanos "Response and First-Passage Statistics of Nonlinear Oscillators Via a Numerical Path Integral Approach." ASCE Journal of Engineering Mechanics (2013) In Press

     
     

    IA Kougioumtzoglou and P.D. Spanos "An Identification Approach for Linear and Nonlinear Time-variant Structural Systems via Harmonic Wavelets." Journal of Mechanical Systems and Signal Processing, 37 (2013/May) : 338-352.

     
     

    IA Kougioumtzoglou and P.D. Spanos "An Identification Approach for Linear and Nonlinear Time-variant Structural Systems via Harmonic Wavelets."  Journal of Mechanical Systems and Signal Processing, 27 (2013/January) : 338-352.

     
     

    IA Kougioumtzoglou and P.D. Spanos "Response and First-passage Statistics of Nonlinear Oscillators via a Numerical Path Integral Approach." ASCE Journal of Engineering Mechanics, Volume 139, No. 9 (2013/September) : 1207-1217.

     
     

    IA Kougioumtzoglou and P.D. Spanos "Survival Probability Determination of Nonlinear Oscillators Subject to Evolutionary Stochastic Excitation." Journal of Applied Mechanics, 81 (2013/December) In Press

     
     

    IA Kougioumtzoglou, F. Kong, J. Li and P.D. Spanos "Some Observations on Wavelets Based Evolutionary Power Spectrum Estimation." Meccanica dei Materiali e delle Strutture, Volume 3, No. 3 (2013) : 37-44.

     
     

    T. Ainscough, R. Zanetti, J. Christian and P.D. Spanos "Q-method Extended Kalman Filter." Journal of Guidance Control and Dynamics In Press

     
     

    A.J. Dick, Q.M. Phan, J.R. Foley and P.D. Spanos "Calculating Scaling Function Coefficients from System Response Data for New Discrete Wavelet Families." Journal of Mechanical Systems and Signal Processing, 27 (2012) : 333-336.

     
     

    D. Hernandez Castillo, I.A. Kougioumtzoglou, R.A. Tapia and P.D. Spanos "A Nonlinear Model for Top Fuel Dragster Dynamic Performance Assessment." Journal of Vehicle System Dynamics, 50, No. 2 (2012/February) : 281-297.

     
     

    D. Hernandez Castillo, I.A. Kougiousmtzoglou, R.A. Tapia, and P.D. Spanos "A Nonlinear MOdel for Top Fuel Dragster Dynamic Performance Assessment." Journal of Vehicle System Dynamics, 50, 2 (2012) : 281-297.

     
     

    I.A. Kougioumtzoglo and P.D. Spanos "An Analytical Wiener Path Integral Technique for Non-Stationary Response Determination of Nonlinear Oscillators." Probabilistic Engineering Mechanics, 28 (2012) : 125-131.

     
     

    I.A. Kougioumtzoglou and P.D. Spanos "Harmonic Wavelets-Based Statistical Linearization for Response Evolutionary Spectrum Determination." Journal of Probabilistic Engineering Mechanics, 27 (2012) : 57-68.

     
     

    P. Spanos and A. Kontsos, O Dirlwcawn "A Multisacale Monte Carlo finite element method for the determination of the mechanical properties of polymer nananocomposites." Special Issue in Probabilistic Engineering Mechanics ((2008)) In Press

     
     

    P. Spanos, A. Giaralis "Wavelet-Based Response Spectrum Compatible Synthesis of Accelerograms-Eurocode Application." Soil Dynamics and Earthquake Engineering (2008) In Revision

     
     

    P. Spanos, A. Kontsos "An approach for Incorporating Radiation Damping in Nonlinear Analyses of SPAR Structures." Journal of Theoretical and Computational Nanosciences (2008) In Press

     
     

    P.Spanos, A. Kontsos "Modelling of Nanoindentation Data and Characterization of Polymer Nanocomposites by a Multiscale Stochastic Finite Element Method." Journal of Theoretical and Computational Nanosciences (2008) In Press

     
     

    Spanos, PD; Failla, G; Santini, A; Pappatico, M "Damage detection in Euler-Bernoulli beams via spatial wavelet analysis ." STRUCTURAL CONTROL & HEALTH MONITORING, 13 (2006/JAN-FEB) : 472-487.

     
     

    Spanos, PD; Kontsos, A; Cacciola, P "Steady-state dynamic response of Preisach hysteretic systems ." JOURNAL OF VIBRATION AND ACOUSTICS-TRANSACTIONS OF THE ASME, 128 (2006/APR) : 244-250.

     
     

    Spanos, PD; Sofi, A; Wang, J; Peng, B "A method for fatigue analysis of piping systems on topsides of FPSO structures ." JOURNAL OF OFFSHORE MECHANICS AND ARCTIC ENGINEERING-TRANSACTIONS OF THE ASME, 128 (2006/MAY) : 162-168.

     
     Articles
     

    Spanos PD (Spanos, P. D.), Giaralis A (Giaralis, A.), Politis NP (Politis, N. P.) "Time-frequency representation of earthquake accelerograms and inelastic structural response records using the adaptive chirplet decomposition and empirical mode decomposition." SOIL DYNAMICS AND EARTHQUAKE ENGINEERING, 27 (7) (JUL 2007) : 675-689.

     
     JOURNAL OF APPLIED MECHANICS-TRANSACTIONS OF THE ASME 74 (2): 315-324 MAR 2007
     
     

    Spanos PD (Spanos, Pol D.), Beer M (Beer, Michael), Red-Horse J (Red-Horse, John) "Karhunen-loeve expansion of stochastic processes with a modified exponential covariance kernel." JOURNAL OF ENGINEERING MECHANICS-ASCE, 133 (7) (JUL 2007) : 773-779.

     
     

    Spanos PD (Spanos, Pol D.), Giaralis A (Giaralis, Agathoklis), Politis NP (Politis, Nikolaos P.), Roesset JM (Roesset, Jose M.) "Numerical treatment of seismic accelerograms and of inelastic seismic structural responses using harmonic wavelets." COMPUTER-AIDED CIVIL AND INFRASTRUCTURE ENGINEERING, 22 (4) (MAY 2007) : 254-264.

     
     

    Spanos PD (Spanos, Pol D.), Giaralis A (Giaralis, Agathoklis), Politis NP (Politis, Nikolaos P.), Roesset JM (Roesset, Jose M.) "Numerical treatment of seismic accelerograms and of inelastic seismic structural responses using harmonic wavelets." COMPUTER-AIDED CIVIL AND INFRASTRUCTURE ENGINEERING, 22 (4) (MAY 2007) : 254-264.

     
     Books
     

    SRES-2015, (co-editors, G. Li and G. Chen, Tongji University, China), Proceedings of the International Symposium on Reliability of Engineering Systems, October 15-17, 2015, Hangzhou, China (in press). 

     
     Book chapters
     

    G. Malara, P.D. Spanos "Nonlinear Random Vibrations of Beams with Fractional Derivative Elements." Computational Stochastic Mechanics: 408-419.

     
     

    I.A. Kougioumtzoglou, P.D. Spanos "Harmonic Wavelets Based Response Evolutionary Power Spectrum Determination of Linear and Nonlinear Oscillators with Fractional Derivative Elements." Computational Stochastic Mechanics (2015) : 367-376.

     
     

    I.P. Mitseas, I.A. Kougioumtzoglou, P.D. Spanos, M. Beer "Reliability Assessment of Nonlinear MDOF Systems Subject to Evolutionary Stochastic Excitation." Computational Stochastic Mechanics: 420-431.

     
     

    P.D. Spanos, J. Decklever, A. Tamer "Probabilistic Determination of Thermal Conductivity of Nanocomposites via Multi-phase Homogenization." Computational Stochastic Mechanics: 640-653.

     
     

    Wenxianxie, P.D. Spanos "An Integral Transform Approach For Solving Partial Differential Equations with Stochastic Excitation." Computational Stochastic Mechanics: 762-772.

     
     Refereed conference papers
     

    A. Giaralis and P.D. Spanos "Derivation of Equivalent Linear Properties of Bouc-Wen Hysteretic Systems for Seismic Response Spectrum Analysis via Statistical Linearization."  (2013/May 25-27)

     
     

    IA Kougioumtzoglou and P.D. Spanos "A Wiener Path Integral Technique for Determining the Response of a Bending Beam with Random Material Properties."  (2013/June 16-20) : 1-8.

     
     

    P. Elsbernd, B. Ward, T. Koenck and P.D. Spanos "Nanocomposites Physical Properties Estimation via Finite Element Discretization." , 371 (2013/June)

     
     Conference papers
     

    Efficient dynamic analysis of floating bodies nonlinear behavior in wave energy conversion (with A. Richichi and F. Arena), Proceedings of the ASME 2013 32nd International Conference on Ocean, Offshore and Arctic Engineering (OMAE 2013), Nantes, France, June 9-14,2013 

     
     

    IA Kougioumtzoglou and P.D. Spanos "A Wiener Path Integral Technique for Non-stationary Stochastic Response Determination of Nonlinear MDOF Structural Systems."  (2013/May 25-27) Submitted

     
     

    Q-method extended Kalman filter (with T. Ainscough and J. Christian), The American Institute of Aeronautics and Astronautics (AIAA) Conference and Exposition, 2013

     
     

    Estimating the ‘in-service’ modulus of elasticity and length of polyester mooring lines via a non linear viscoelastic model governed by fractional derivatives (with GI Evangelatos), Proceedings of the ASME 2012 International Mechanical Engineering Congress and Exposition (IMECE 2012), Houston, Texas, November 9-15, 2012.

     
     

    P Spanos and M. Esteva "Effective Elastic Properties of Nanotube Reinforced Composites with Slightly Weakened Interfaces." . (January 2008)

     
     

    P. Spanos and D.Herandez and R.Tapia "A Nonlinear model for Top Fuel Dragster Dynamic Performance Assessment."  (2008)

     
     

    P. Spanos, -W Jang, C. Van Tassell, N. Bedrossian and C. Hall "Evaluation of ARES-1 Control System Robustness to Uncertain Aerodynamics and Flex Dynamics." AIAA Conference. (2008-)

     
     

    P. Spanos, H. Gupta, V. Nava, H. Banon and V. Gkaras "Determination of Rizer Tension Air Properties from Full-Scale Data." Paper OMAE 2008-57791. (June 15-20, 2008)

     
     

    P. Spanos, V. Gkaras and H. Gupta "A Methodology for Derivation of Motions of Offshore Platforms from Accelorometers and GPS Field Measurements." OTC Conference, Paper No. OTC-19477 (2008)

     
     "A numerical approach for nonlinear systems responsae spectrum determination via wavelets" (with J. Tezcan, Proceedings of the Fifth International Conference on Computation Stochastic Mechanics, June 21-23, 2006, Rodos, Greece, publisher Mill-Press International (in press)
     
     "Join-Time Frequency Representation of Simulation Accelerograms via the Adaptive Chirplet Transform" (with M. Politis), Proceedings of the Fifth International Conference on Computation Stochastic Mechanics, June 21-23, 2006, Rodos, Greece; publisher Mill-Press International (in press)
     
     Monte Carlo Study of Vibration Isolation Systems Using Linear and Nonlinear Multiple-Tuned Mass Damper Oscillators (with V. Gkaras), Proceedings of the Fifth International Conference on Computation Stochastic Mechanics, June 21-23, 2006, Rodos, Greece; publisher Mill-Press International (in press)
     
     "Polymer Nanocomposites Characterization by a Stochastic Multi-SCale Approach" (with A. Kontsos, M. Esteva and A. Tamer)Proceedings of the Fifth International Conference on Computation Stochastic Mechanics, June 21-23, 2006, Rodos, Greece; publisher Mill-Press International (in press)
     
     "Determining Response Envelope Probability Densities for a Class of Nonlinear Oscillators Under Modulated Excitation" (with A. Sofi and M. DiPaola), Proceedings of the Fifth International Conference on Computation Stochastic Mechanics, June 21-23, 2006, Rodos, Greece; publisher Mill-Press International (in press)
     
     "Efficiency Improvement of the Karhunen-Loeve Expansion of Stochastic Processes with Exponential Covariance" (with M. Beer and J. Red-Horse), Proceedings of the Fifth International Conference on Computation Stochastic Mechanics, June 21-23, 2006, Rodos, Greece; publisher Mill-Press International (in press)
     
    Presentations
     Keynote Speaker
     

    Emerging Joint Time-Frequency Analysis Techniques for Vibration Applications, International Conference on Engineering Vibrations, Ljubljana, Slovenia, September 7-10, 2015. 

     
     

    Galerkin Scheme Based Determination of First-Passage Probability of Systems with Fractional Derivative Elements, Symposium on Reliability of Engineering Systems, Hangzhou, China, October 15-17, 2015.

     
     

    Potent Joint Time-Frequency Analysis Techniques for Structural Dynamics Applications, Engineering Mechanics Institute/ASCE Conference, Stanford University, June 16-19, 2015. 

     
     

    Versatile Techniques for Nonlinear Random Vibrations, International Conference on Advances in Applied and Computational Mechanics, Celebi University, Turkey, August 5-7, 2015. 

     
     

    "A Wiener Path Integral Technique for Determining the Response of a Bending Beam with Random Material Properties." Proceedings of the 11th International Conference on Structural Safety and Reliability (ICOSSAR 2013), Columbia University, New York, NY USA. (June 16-20 2013) With IA Kougioumtzoglou

     
     

    "A Wiener Path Integral Technique for Non-Stationary Stochastic Response Determination of Nonlinear MDOF Structural Systems." 10th HSTAM International Congress on Mechanics, Chania, Crete, Greece. (May 25-27, 2013) With IA Kougioumtzoglou

     
     

    "Derivation of Equivalent Linear Properties of Bouc-Wen Hysteretic Systems for Seismic Response Spectrum Analysis via Statistical Linearization." 10th HSTAM International Congress on Mechanics, Chania, Crete, Greece. (May 25-27, 2013) With A. Giaralis

     
     

    "Efficient Dynamic Analysis of Floating Bodies Nonlinear Behavior in Wave Energy Conversion." Proceedings of the ASME 2013 32nd International Conference on Ocean, Offshore and Arctic Engineering (OMAE 2013), Nantes, France. (June 9-14, 2013) With A. Richichi and F. Arena

     
     

    "Monte Carlo Simulation in Dynamical Systems." Sixth International Conference on Simulation and Chaos, Istanbul, Turkey,. (June 11-14, 2013)

     
     

    "Wavelets for Localization Analysis." Canadian Congress of Solid Mechanics, Montreal, Canada. (July 23-26, 2013)

     
     

    "Advanced Simulation Techniques in Structural Mechanics." 8th International Conference on Scientific Computing and Applications, Las Vegas, NV. (April 1-4, 2012)

     
     

    "Emerging Tools of Joint-Time-Frequency Analysis in Stochastic Mechanics in Uncertainties - 2012." International Conference Maresias, SP, Brazil. (February 26 March 2, 2012)

     
     

    "Fractional Derivatives   and Wavelets: Tools  for Non-_Local and Local Analyses." National Italian National Conference of Stochastic Mechanics, Mecanica Stocastica, Isle of Ustica, Italy. (June 7-9, 2012)

     
     

    "Stochastic Linearization in Modern Offshore Structures." 6th International Conference of ASRANet (Network for Integrating Structural Analysis Risk and Reliability), London, Croydon. (July 2-4, 2012)

     
     

    "Wavelet Techniques in Nonlinear Stochastic Dynamics." 2012 International Conference on Stochastic Mechanics, Italian Association of Theoretical Applied Mechanics, Ustica, Italy. (June 6-9, 2012)

     
    Editorial Positions
     Editor, Proceedings of the International Symposium on Reliability of Engineering Systems. (2015 - 2015)

     Editor in Chief, International Journal of Nonlinear Mechanics. (2015 - 2015)

     Editor in Chief, International Journal of Probabilistic Engineering Mechanics. (2015 - 2015)

    Supervised Theses & Dissertations
     Michael Weeks, PhD "The Computation of Optimal Rendezvous Trajectories Using the Sequential Gradient-Restoration Algorithm". (2006) (Thesis Committee Member)

     Jacob Decklever, MS Nanocomposite Material Properties Estimation through Peridynamics and Monte Carlo Anaylsis. (2015) (Thesis Director)

     Yezeng Cheng, PhD Fractional Derivatives Modelling in Non-Local Materials Behavior in a Stochastic Setting. (2015) (Thesis Director)

     Eleazar Marquez, PhD An Improved Mathematical Representation for Nonlinear Drillstring Vibrations. (2015) (Thesis Director)

     Eleazar Marquez, Doctor of Philosophy Stochastic Dynamics in Rotary and Vibration-assisted Drilling. (Thesis Director)

     Andrew Svecz, Master of Science Robust Optimal Guidance for Spacecraft Reorientation Maneuvers. (Thesis Director)

     Yezeng Cheng, Doctor of Philosophy TBA. (Thesis Director)

     Eric Dahlin, Master of Science TBA. (Thesis Director)

     Jacob Decklever, Master of Science TBA. (Thesis Director)

     Michael Grimmer, Master of Science TBA. (Thesis Director)

     Clayton Higginson, Master of Science TBA. (Thesis Director)

     Yiyu Jiao, Doctor of Philosophy TBA. (Thesis Director)

     Xihao Jiang, Master of Science TBA. (Thesis Director)

     Parker Leach, Master of Science TBA. (Thesis Director)

     Amitabh Kumar, Doctor of Philosophy TBA. (Thesis Director)

     Yue Jin, Doctor of Philosophy TBA. (Thesis Director)

     Jingkai Chen, Doctor of Philosophy TBA . (Thesis Director)

     Nolan Bader, Master of Science TBA. (Thesis Director)

    Awards, Prizes, & Fellowships
     Golden Medal for International Cooperation and Research Eminence, University of Palermo

     2012 Chungjiang Chair recipient for 2013-2015, Chinese Ministry of Research (2013)

     The Charles Russ Richards Memorial Awardee for Outstanding Achievement in Mechanical Engineering (twenty years or more following graduation), ASME (2012)

    Positions Held
     Distinguished Member, ASCE. (2015 - 2015)

     Distinguished Visiting Professor, Tongji University. (2010 - 2010)