Research Projects

Meshfree Image Meshfree Method For Extreme Events Modeling
Professor J. S. Chen

The complex multi-scale failure modes, damage evolution, and fragmentation resulting from high velocity contact- impact processes in solids and structures po

Generic Research Project Image Network for Earthquake Engineering Simulation
Professor Enrique Luco

The NEES @ UCSD Large High Performance Outdoor Shake Table (LHPOST) provides the earthquake engineering community with a

Generic Research Project Image Developing High - Performance Energy Absorbing Liquids
Professor Yu Qiao

By immersing nanoporous materials in a non-wetting liquid phase, the system becomes an energy absorbing liquid, or a “liquid super-sponge.” When a sufficient

Generic Research Project Image Machine Vision, Vision - Based Sensor Networks, and Collaborative Environments
Professor Falko Kuester

This research investigates vision-based sensor networks for monitoring of structural and non-structural systems with applications in the areas of real-time m

Generic Research Project Image High Velocity Impact on Composite Structures
Professor Hyonny Kim

Advanced composite materials such as graphite/epoxy laminates are especially vulnerable to transverse impacts which can result in damage that is difficult to

Generic Research Project Image Improving Seismic Performance of Concrete and Masonry Structures
Professor P. Benson Shing

Assessing the seismic performance of older reinforced concrete (RC) frames that have masonry infill walls presents a most difficult problem for structural en

Generic Research Project Image Bridge and Traffic - Pattern Monitoring
Professor Ahmed Elgamal

Information technologies are increasingly allowing for advances in monitoring and analysis of structural response.

Generic Research Project Image Dynamic Characterization of Seismic Isolators and Energy Dissipators
Dr. Gianmario Benzoni

With the use of a unique installation like the Caltrans Seismic Response Modification Device Test Facility, the performance of full scale seismic isolators a

Generic Research Project Image Load Testing on Boeing's 787 Landing Gear Components
Professor Hyonny Kim,
Dr. Gianmario Benzoni

Professor Kim and Dr.

Generic Research Project Image System and Damage Identification of a Seven-story Reinforced Concrete Building Slice Tested on the UCSD-NEES Shake Table
Professor Joel P. Conte

A full-scale, seven-story reinforced concrete building slice was tested on the UCSD-NEES shake table.

Generic Research Project Image Health Monitoring of Post-Tensioned Concrete Bridges
Professor Francesco Lanza di Scalea

Ninety-percent of California's bridges are post-tensioned concrete structures.

Generic Research Project Image Rail Monitoring Systems
Professor Francesco Lanza di Scalea,
Professor Chia-Ming Uang

Railroad infrastructure is in need of technologies able to prevent derailments and perform repairs/replacements in a timely manner.

Generic Research Project Image Advanced Sensor Networking Paradigms and Data Processing for Autonomous Structural Assessment
Professor Michael Todd

Damage assessment of large-scale structures (e.g., bridges, buildings, or dams) after an extreme event such as an earthquake or a blast load is a challenging

Generic Research Project Image Improving Seismic Performance of Concrete and Masonry Structures
Professor P. Benson Shing

Assessing the seismic performance of older reinforced concrete (RC) frames that have masonry infill walls presents a most difficult problem for structural en

Generic Research Project Image Concrete Damage-Transport Properties Correlations
Professor Tara Hutchinson

Concrete is by far the most widely-used building material in the United States, with extensive use in the construction of our nation's buildings, highways, t

Generic Research Project Image San Francisco-Oakland East Bay Bridge Replacement Project: Precast Prestressed Concrete Skyway
Professor Frieder Seible

Dr. Seible led the proof-testing of the new San Francisco-Oakland East Bay Bridge, including the 2.5 km long precast-prestressed concrete skyway.

Generic Research Project Image How to Shake 1 Million Pounds of Concrete
Professor Jose Restrepo

SE researchers spent three months rigorously conducting earthquake simulation tests on a half-scale, three-story structure, and are analyzing the results to

Generic Research Project Image Fluid-Structure Interaction of Wind Turbines
Professor Yuri Bazilevs

The rising costs and highly fluctuating prices of oil and natural gas, as well as their constantly diminishing supplies worldwide create the need for cheaper