SE graduate students, Colin Haynes and Scott Ouellette, were selected to be 2014 Gordon Fellows at the Jacobs School
At the Chancellor's Challenge 5k run on Friday, Oct.
Ph.D. student Zhu Mao recently won the 2011 D. J.
Prof. Lanza di Scalea was elected Fellow of the Acoustic Society of America "based on outstanding contributions to acoustics and the Society with citation: for contributions to the theory and applications of ultrasonic guided waves."
Congratulations to Professor Francesco Lanza di Scalea who was recently awarded Best Paper from the Composites & Multifunctional Materials Technical Division at last year's Annual Conference of the Society for Experimental Mechanics (SEM) held in Costa Mesa, CA, June 2015.
Congratulations to SE PhD student, Elide Pantoli, for receiving one of the Gordon Engineering Leadership Center's Graduate Engineering Leadership Awards. Elide was selected through a competitive process in which the Gordon Center determined her leadership experience exemplified their goals of educating and training a network of engineers who can create new products and jobs that will benefit society.
Welcome to the Department of Structural Engineering at UC San Diego. The Structural Engineering program here has grown from a small group of visionary faculty to one of the top academic and research entities in the field. Our world-class faculty with a broad spectrum of complementary specialties offers rich academic experiences and exciting research opportunities to our students. Learn more
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Structural and topology optimization, multiscale and multiphysics optimization of structures and materials, optimization for composite materials, aerospace structures.
Damage detection and localization, multifunctional materials, nanocomposites, scalable nano-manufacturing, smart infrastructure materials, structural health monitoring, thin films and coatings, tomographic methods, wearable technology.
Computational solid mechanics, multiscale materials modeling, modeling of extreme events.
Geotechnical and geoenvironmental engineering, thermo-hydro-mechanical behavior of soils, design and analysis of thermally active geotechnical systems, mechanical and hydraulic interaction between unsaturated soils and geosynthetics, and centrifuge modeling of geotechnical systems.
Center researchers are world-renowned experts in experimental and computational methods for extreme events research. We leverage this expertise to develop better ways to protect entire built infrastructures, as well as bio-systems, from extreme events such as blasts from terrorist attacks and mining explosions, car crashes, sports collisions, and natural disaster such as landslides. Learn more
The Charles Lee Powell Structural Research Laboratories are the largest and most active full-scale structural testing facilities in the world. With its 50 ft. tall reaction wall and 120 ft. long strong floor, the Structural Systems Laboratory is equipped for full-scale testing of bridges, buildings and aircraft.
One of the world's largest shake tables, the six-degree-of-freedom shake table is used for the dynamic testing of full-scale bearings, isolators, and dampers. Computer-controlled hydraulic actuators that can apply up to 12 million pounds of force during earthquake simulations power SRMD.
In 2005, the Englekirk Structural Engineering Center opened as an expansion of Powell Labs, equipped with the world's first outdoor shake table. It is adjacent to the country's largest Soil Foundation-structure Interaction Facility. UCSD Blast Simulator is the world's first laboratory to simulate the effects of bombs without the use of explosive materials.
Professor J. S. Chen
The complex multi-scale failure modes, damage evolution, and fragmentation resulting from high velocity contactimpact processes in solids and structures pose considerable difficulties in simulations using finite element methods. J. S. Chen is one of the original developers of meshfree methods for modeling material damage in fragment-impact processes.
Professor P. Benson Shing
In a project sponsored by Caltrans, Professor Shing is leading an experimental and analytical study to characterize the bond-slip behavior of large-diameter bars, assess the level of conservatism in current Caltrans specifications, and develop new design recommendations that can further minimize the required development length and improve the performance of these shafts under extreme seismic load conditions.
Professor Ahmed Elgamal
Three-dimensional (3D) nonlinear finite element simulations are becoming increasingly feasible for geotechnical applications. OpenSeesPL, created by J. Lu, A. Elgamal, and Z. Yang, is a versatile framework that uses a Windowsbased graphical-user-interface (GUI) developed for 3D footing/pile-ground interaction analyses. Various ground modification scenarios may be addressed utilizing the 3D tool.