Vernon Matzen

Unpaid Emeritus

  • 919-515-2331
  • Fitts-Woolard Hall NA


Ph.D. 1976

Structural Engineering

University of California, Berkeley

M.S. 1968

Civil Engineering

Purdue University

B.S. 1966

Civil Engineering

University of Colorado

Research Description

Dr. Matzen is interested in experimental, numerical, and theoretical analysis structures; structural vibrations.


The nonlinear behavior of threaded piping connections: Application using a modified Ramberg-Osgood model
Ryu, Y., & Matzen, V. C. (2016), OCEAN ENGINEERING, 127, 1–6.
Inelastic behavior of threaded piping connections: Reconciliation of experimental and analytic results
Ryu, Y., Behrouzi, A., Melesse, T., & Matzen, V. C. (2012), Proceedings of the ASME Pressure Vessels and Piping Conference, PVP 2011, vol 8, 357–362.
Special section: The international conferences on structural mechanics in reactor technology (SMiRT) preface
Matzen, V. C., & Hassan, Y. A. (2011), Nuclear Engineering and Design, 241(3), 547–547.
Computational framework for remotely operable laboratories
Kripakaran, P., Gupta, A., & Matzen, V. C. (2008), ENGINEERING WITH COMPUTERS, 24(4), 405–415.
Internet-enabled remote observation and control of a shake table experiment
Wirgau, S., Gupta, A., & Matzen, V. (2006), Journal of Computing in Civil Engineering, 20(4), 271–280.
Alternatives in the implementation of internet-enabled laboratory experiments in undergraduate civil engineering courses
Gupta, A., Gabr, M. A., & Matzen, V. C. (2004), ASEE 2004 annual conference & exposition$h[electronic resource] :June 20-23, 2004, Salt Lake City, Utah : Engineering education reaches new heights : conference proceedings. Washington, D.C.: American Soceity for Engineering Education.
SMiRT 16 - Selected and updated papers from the 16th International Conference on Structural Mechanics in Reactor Technology - Washington, DC - Preface
Matzen, V. C. (2004, March), NUCLEAR ENGINEERING AND DESIGN, Vol. 228, pp. 1–1.
Correlation of in-plane bending test and FEA results for thin-walled elbows
Tan, Y., & Matzen, V. (2002), NUCLEAR ENGINEERING AND DESIGN, 217(1-2), 21–39.
Correlation of test and FEA results for elbows subjected to out-of-plane loading
Tan, Y., Wilkins, K., & Matzen, V. (2002), NUCLEAR ENGINEERING AND DESIGN, 217(3), 213–224.
Correlation of test and FEA results for the nonlinear behavior of straight pipes and elbows
Tan, Y., Matzen, V. C., & Yu, L. X. (2002), JOURNAL OF PRESSURE VESSEL TECHNOLOGY-TRANSACTIONS OF THE ASME, 124(4), 465–475.

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Assistance for SMiRT 19
US Nuclear Regulatory Commission(3/28/07 - 8/17/07)
LDRD: Modeling the Impact and Blast Performance of Fiber Reinforced Concrete Structures
US Dept. of Energy (DOE)(1/17/07 - 9/30/07)