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John Fraczek

Senior Principal

 
Experience

John Fraczek rejoined WJE in 2001 and is engaged in the resolution of design, construction and materials related structural issues. He has investigated issues with mat and deep foundations, mass concrete and numerous reinforced and prestressed concrete structures. Dr. Fraczek also has expertise in structural steel, structural vibrations, nondestructive testing, and structural repair and rehabilitation. He originally worked at WJE from 1979 through 1991 and was actively involved in all in-house research on corrosion and concrete durability.

Prior to rejoining WJE, Dr. Fraczek worked as an independent consultant. From 1991 to 1999, he served as the president and CEO of Construction Technology Laboratories, Inc., a 130-person concrete materials testing and consulting firm in Skokie, Illinois. Dr. Fraczek is an established author and previously served as a principal speaker in a nationwide seminar series on concrete repair and restoration. He has presented numerous lectures on structural failures, repair techniques, mass concrete, materials performance, and nondestructive testing.

REPRESENTATIVE PROJECTS

Failure Investigation

  • Morgantown, WV: Collapse of hopper in coal silo
  • Minneapolis, MN: Collapse of falsework
  • for Lake Street/Marshall Avenue bridge over Mississippi River
  • Dhahran, Saudi Arabia: Failure of SANG precast water tower
  • Mexico City, Mexico: Various structures after 1985 earthquake

 

Materials Evaluation

  • Evaluation and repair of concrete piers and bridge girders subjected to alkali-silica reactivity and delayed ettringite formation
  • Evaluation of concrete durability issues associated with cooling towers at power plants
  • Evaluation of cracking in concrete bridge decks
  • Evaluation of mix designs for mass concrete

 

Repair and Rehabilitation Design

  • North Bend, OH, and Steubenville, OH: Repair of cooling sections of natural draft cooling towers
  • Calvert City, KY: Design of new foundation and seismic retrofits for large liquid retention structure
  • Proctor & Gamble Headquarters - Mexico City, Mexico: Design seismic strengthening for beam/column joints

 

Research and Testing

  • National Cooperative Highway Research Program Report No. 313: Corrosion Protection of Prestressing Systems in Concrete Bridges

 

Structural Analysis/Computer Modeling

  • Henderson, NV: Review analysis and construction of world’s largest
  • Venturi meter
  • Minneapolis, MN: Model collapse of falsework for Lake Street/Marshall Avenue bridge
  • Review analysis of collapse of desulfurization platform in steel mill
  • Denver, CO: Probabilistic analysis of effects of large clay inclusions in airfield pavement
  • Dallas, TX: Finite element modelling of cold joints in chimney mat foundation
  • Finite element modelling of effects of voids at CIDH pile/navigation lock interface
Professional Affiliations

American Concrete Institute
Precast/Prestressed Concrete Institute
Structural Engineers Association of Illinois

Registrations

Professional Engineer in KY and MI
Structural Engineer in IL

Education

Stanford University
Bachelor of Science, Civil Engineering, 1968

Cornell University
Doctor of Philosophy, Structural Engineering, 1975