Our Structural Engineering & Structural Mechanics research spans a broad array of subject areas, including:

Materials

  • Modeling and testing  of concrete deterioration
  • Concrete and cementitious materials exposed to extreme temperatures and harsh environments
  • Micro-structure quantification and design
  • Modeling and mechanical testing of polymers accounting for environmental conditions
  • Aging of concrete

Computational Mechanics

  • Computational multiscale analysis for failure
  • Coupled field analysis for multiphysics problems
  • Computational fracture mechanics
  • Development of approaches for optimizing manufacturing process for targeted mechanical properties and performance

Structural Modeling

  • Damage modeling of buildings and bridges to collapse
  • Probabilistic nonlinear safety assessment of dams and nuclear containment structures under extreme loading.
  • Numerical solution algorithms for softening systems

Experimental Studies

  • Large-scale structural component testing
  • Mechanical testing of conventional and novel materials under controlled environmental conditions
  • Real time hybrid simulation
  • Micro- and meso-scale experimental testing and simulation techniques

Engineering in the face of natural hazards

  • Societal tradeoffs for hazards’ effects on built infrastructure
  • Performance-based earthquake, snow and wind engineering and risk-based decision making  
  • Seismic vulnerability and loss estimation
  • Estimation of natural-disaster losses at the societal level
  • Sustainable structural design combining hazard mitigation and energy harvesting

Bridge engineering

  • Performance of highway structures and effectiveness of maintenance actions
  • Seismic damage mitigation via novel systems and novel polymeric damage-resistant materials
  • Accelerated bridge construction