Manish Kumar, Ph.D.

The State University of New York at Buffalo
Indian Institute of Technology Kanpur


Welcome, Namaste!

"Earthquakes don't kill people, structures do"

I am a Graduate Student, currently pursuing my PhD in Structural and Earthquake Engineering from University at Buffalo, NY. This website contains my professional bio and will guide you through my work. My primary interest is in the area of Earthquake Engineering. Currently, I am working on seismic isolation of nuclear power plants as part of my PhD thesis. I have uploaded some of my research work to this website which might be useful to people having similar interest in Earthquake Engineering. I hope you would like it.

All the questions and comments can be directed to contact details provided in the contact section. If you have any professional proposals related to Earthquake Engineering which might be of interest to me, please feel free to contact me.

Manish Kumar

Research Interests
Structural Dynamics
Earthquake Engineering
Blast Engineering

Current Research Area

Seismic Isolation of Nuclear Power Plants

Advisors: Dr. Andrew Whittaker
              Dr. Michael Constantinou

Supported By: Lawrence Berkeley National Laboratory
                      United States Nuclear Regulatory Commission


23rd Conference on Structural Mechanics in Reactor Technology (SMiRT 23), 10-14 August, Manchester, UK


New Reports and Tools:

Video tutorials on blast load calculation tool Air3D: Tutorial 1, Tutorial 2

Modeling of seismic isolators in contemporary software programs: This report summarizes the modeling techniques of elastomeric and friction-based isolators in SAP2000, ABAQUS, LS-Dyna, and OpenSees

Seismic Isolation Design Web Application: Try my new web application for design of isolation system for bridges using elastomeric and lead rubber bearings.

Finite Element Analysis of Elastomeric Bearings in Compression: A presentation and report on finite element analysis of elastomeric bearings in compression.


UB CSEE 2013 Poster Competition:
A poster presentation competition was held at UB CSEE department on 22nd of March, where I received a 3rd prize for a poster titled "Seismic Isolation of Nuclear Power Plants using Elastomeric Bearings"
Link to MCEER News
Link to Participants Pics
Link to the Poster



Manish Kumar

Manish Kumar

University at Buffalo, NY

Indian Institute of Technology Kanpur

Ask me about:
1. Seismic isolation
2. Seismic design
3. Blast engineering

I can help you with
1. Reference Material
2. Technical Suggestions
3. Model Design Examples