Research In Structural Engineering And Mechanics

The following ongoing and recent past projects represent the research being pursued in the Structural Engineering and Mechanics Program

Solid and Structural Mechanics

    * Micromechanical and continuum elastoplastic damage mechanics
    * Modeling of chemically induced damage of concrete
    * Micromechanics of heterogeneous composites
    * Mechanical modeling and simulation of Ferromagnetic Fe particle reinforced elastomer composites for automotive applications
    * Adaptive multiple-scale meshfree method for geomechanics and earth-moving simulation
    * Optimized meshless algorithms for seamless integration of CAD, simulation, and design
    * Meshless method for earth-moving simulation
    * Development of soil-wheel interaction model using an adaptive multi-scale meshfree method
    * Simulation of self-piercing rivets using the meshfree method
    * Semi analytic methods for mechanics of composite cylinders
    * Analysis and optimum design of piezoelectric sensor/actuator systems
    * Arbitrary Lagrangian-Eulerian methods for regressing solid domains
    * Resilient response of granular materials

Structural/Earthquake Engineering
    * Nonlinear modeling of reinforced concrete shear walls
    * Experimental studies of reinforced concrete walls with embedded structural steel sections
    * Cyclic large-deflection field-testing of CIDH bridge columns
    * Evaluation and modeling of reinforced concrete columns with lap splices
    * Full-scale cyclic large deflection field-testing of foundation support systems for highway bridges
    * Seismic performance assessment of flat-plate floor systems – Experimental and analytical studies
    * NEES – Field testing and monitoring of structural performance
    * CENS – Center for Embedded Network Sensors: Sensors and Sensor Networks for Seismic Monitoring
    * Numerical modeling of soil-structure interaction
    * System identification for structural health-monitoring
    * Source localization for unattended ground sensor systems

Research and Instructional Laboratories
    * Structural Design and Testing Laboratory
    * Nondestructive Testing Laboratory
    * Reinforced Concrete Laboratory
    * Mechanical Vibrations Laboratory
    * Large-Scale Structure Test Facility
    * Building Earthquake Instrumentation Network
    * NEES Mobile Seismic Laboratory