Research Projects

Generic Research Project Image Virtual Vecchio: Creating a Digital Clinical Chart for a Landmark Building of the Renaissance
Professor Maurizio Seracini,
Professor Falko Kuester

Professors Seracini and Kuester are developing a "digital clinical chart" for the Palazzo Vecchio in Florence, Italy, part of Calit2's cultural heritage pres

Generic Research Project Image Building System Performance During Earthquakes & Post-Earthquake Fire
Professor Tara Hutchinson,
Professor Joel Conte,
Professor Jose Restrepo

Doctoral students Rodrigo Astroza, Michelle Chen, Hamed Ebrahimian, Steve Mintz, Elide Pantoli, and Xiang Wang

Generic Research Project Image Column Reinforcement Extended into Enlarged (Type II) Shafts
Professor P. Benson Shing

In spite of recent changes, the seismic design specifications of the California Department of Transportation (Caltrans) on the development of longitudinal co

Generic Research Project Image Soil-Structure Interaction and Performance-Based Earthquake Engineering
Professor Ahmed Elgamal

Three-dimensional (3D) nonlinear finite element simulations are becoming increasingly feasible for geotechnical applications. OpenSeesPL, created by J.

Generic Research Project Image Wide Area Blunt Impact on Composite Aircraft Structures
Professor Hyonny Kim

The largest source of damage to a commercial aircraft is caused by accidental contact with ground service equipment (GSE).

Generic Research Project Image Hydraulic/High Pressure Nitrogen Based Blast Simulator
Professor Gilbert A. Hegemier

The UC San Diego blast simulator characterizes the response of civilian and military components and systems to terrorist explosive attack and high impact sce

Generic Research Project Image Biomimetic Investigation of Fish-Like Propulsion
Professor Qiang Zhu

Inspired by the efficient locomotion of fish, insects, and other creatures, innovative ocean vehicles that imitate animal propulsion and maneuvering are now

Generic Research Project Image Optimal Damage Detection and Prognosis Vis Elastic Stress Wave Scattering
Professor Michael Todd

Ultrasonic guided wave interrogation using both coherent-phase arrays and sparse arrays (sparsity defined as arrays whose average sensor-to-sensor distance i

Generic Research Project Image Large Deformation Isogeometric Structural Analysis
Professor David Benson

Traditional finite element methods use low degree, piecewise continuous polynomials to model the geometry of a structure.

Generic Research Project Image Vibration Suppression and Damage Detection in Wind Turbine Blades
Professor Francesco Lanza di Scalea

The performance of a wind turbine is driven, among other factors, by structural fatigue experienced due to wind-induced vibrations.

Generic Research Project Image Battle of Anghiari Project: The Search for Leonardo da Vinci's Lost Masterpiece
Professor Falko Kuester,
Professor Maurizio Seracini



Generic Research Project Image Sources of Error in Finite Element Simulations of Effects of Blasts on the Human Brain
Professor Petr Krysl

Recent military conflicts have resulted in an increase in the number of blast related traumatic brain injuries.

Generic Research Project Image Remaining Fatigue Life Predictions of Monitored Structural Systems
Professor Joel. P Conte,
Professor John B. Kosmatka

UC San Diego has developed a methodology for predicting and updating the Remaining Fatigue Life (RFL) of monitored aerospace structures and/or structural sub

Generic Research Project Image Large-Scale Validation of Seismic Performance of Bridge Columns
Professor José I. Restrepo,
Professor Stephen Mahin, UCB,
Professor Ian Buckle, Univ. of Nevada, Reno

A full-scale, circular reinforced concrete bridge pier designed in accordance to Caltrans' Seismic Design Criteria and Bridge Design Specifications guideline

Generic Research Project Image Stress Wave Mitigation in Porous Materials
Professor Yu Qiao

Stress wave mitigation in porous materials, such as silica monoliths and PTFE foams, are investigated.

Generic Research Project Image Fluid-Structure Interaction Modeling of Wind Turbines at Full Scale
Professor Yuri Bazilevs

A fully coupled fluid–structure interaction (FSI) simulation methodology for wind turbines was developed in order to address a variety of engineering questio

Generic Research Project Image Modeling the Nano-Mechanics of Single-Cell Structures
Professor Robert J. Asaro

The cell wall of S.

Generic Research Project Image Improved Ground Vibration Testing Methods for Flight Structures
Professor John B. Kosmatka

Typical Ground Vibration Tests of flight vehicles are performed by attaching a moderate number (10 to 100) of discrete accelerometers to a free-free flight v

Generic Research Project Image COSMOS: Earthquakes in Action
Professor Lelli Van Den Einde

The California State Summer School for Mathematics and Science (COSMOS) is a four-week, educational summer program for gifted and talented high school studen