Gérard-Philippe Zéhil, Eng., Ph.D.

Gérard-Philippe Zéhil, Eng., Ph.D.

Assistant Professor
Department of Civil and Environmental Engineering
Faculty of Engineering
Phone: +961-9-208435

Dr. Gérard-Philippe Zéhil holds a degree in Civil Engineering from Saint Joseph University (USJ), (ESIB, Lebanon, 2002) with focus on Infrastructure and Transport. Zéhil also holds an advanced Postgraduate Professional Degree in Structural Engineering from the Centre des Hautes Études de la Construction (Paris, France, 2003) with focus on Reinforced and Prestressed Concrete, and a Ph.D. in Civil Engineering from Duke University (Durham, N.C., U.S.A., 2013) with focus on Materials and Structures.

Zéhil has many years of practical professional experience, both in the industry and in academia. In the industry, he served as a Bridge Design Engineer and a Project Manager, mainly in France. Zéhil has technical experience in the practical implementation of construction materials and composites in structures, such as bridges, footbridges, cut and cover constructions, tunnels, earth and water retaining structures, and their foundations. He contributed to the design and construction of several technically challenging structures in Europe, including the famous Trois Bassins Bridge on the French Island of Réunion.

Zéhil's academic research activity focuses on developing and modeling new materials, structural elements, and components, for applications in civil engineering structures, and in other fields. His work draws upon and impacts the fields of computational mechanics, contact mechanics, material modeling in finite strain, linear and nonlinear viscoelasticity, material damage and recovery, damage induced anisotropy, soft materials, rolling resistance, composite structures, and earthquake engineering. He is also recently involved in applying artificial intelligence and machine learning techniques to the field of structures and materials.

Academic CV.

Brief outline of professional experience in structural design and construction.

  Unified material model   Bridge of Trois Bassins, Réunion   Viscoelastic rolling resistance in seismic isolation platforms