Introducing our researchers - Burak Karabulut
Having freshly defended my PhD in April 2021, I am still celebrating the introduction of the new era to my research career! My name is Burak Karabulut and my research interests involve life cycle cost assessment of highway girder bridges designed using different steel grades.
This has led me to start my post-doctoral research at Katholieke Universiteit (KU) Leuven, Belgium in the SOCORRO project. Currently, I am performing corrosion tests on steel coupons in a laboratory scale waste-water treatment plant at KU Leuven. The obtained data of which will be used to implement lifecycle assessment and feasibility studies.
Since 2016, I have been living in Belgium where I carried out my PhD research in the Faculty of Engineering Technology, KU Leuven, with a background in Civil/Structural Engineering. During my PhD, I focused on improving the fatigue design rules for structural stainless steels and high strength mild steels.
In the past I used to work on projects which aimed at promoting the use of stainless steels in civil structures given their excellent mechanical and corrosion strength. With my involvement in the SOCORRO project, it is time to enjoy the challenges associated with corrosion-prone steels in real-world demonstrations.