Research Projects

Seismic Response of Geosynthetic Reinforced Soil Bridge Abutments Seismic Response of Geosynthetic Reinforced Soil Bridge Abutments
Associate Professor

Geosynthetic reinforced soil (GRS) bridge abutments are widely used in transportation infrastructure, and provide many advantages over traditional pile-suppo

Earthquake Engineering Curriculum For K-12 Earthquake Engineering Curriculum For K-12
Professor Lelli Van Den Einde

Current Next Generation Science Standards (NGSS) calls for introducing engineering design principles as early as Pre-K.

Engineers in Training Spatial Visualization Training Using Touchscreen Technology
Professor Lelli Van Den Einde

A Spatial Visualization Trainer (SVT) App was developed for an iPad to enable students to freehand sketch isometrics and orthographic projections.

Seismic Collapse Potential of Reinforced Masonry Buildings Seismic Collapse Potential of Reinforced Masonry Buildings
Professor Benson Shing

Buildings designed according to current codes in the US are expected to have a low probability of collapse in an extreme seismic event.

Shock Wave Interaction and Impact Shock Wave Interaction and Impact
Shock Wave Interaction and Impact

Highly dynamic and extreme conditions occur in both fluids and solids.

Hail Ice Impact onto Composite Aircraft Structures Hail Ice Impact onto Composite Aircraft Structures
Professor Hyonny Kim

Impact damage to laminated composite aircraft structures, when subjected to in-flight impact by hailstones, can be extensive internally while exhibiting low

DroneLab Participates in Earthquake Test on UC San Diego Shake Table DroneLab Participates in Earthquake Test on UC San Diego Shake Table
Professor Falko Kuester, Professor Tara Hutchingson, Professor Joel Conte

If the prospect of a mega-earthquake has you quaking — fear not, because UC San Diego engineers are making sure our world will withstand the rumble.

Center For Extreme Events Research Center For Extreme Events Research
Structural Engineering R.Asaro, Associate Director Y. Bazilevs, Director J.S. Chen, Associate Director G. Hegemier ,
T. Hutchingson, A. Kim, H. Kim, F. Kuester, K. Loh, Mechanical and Aerospace Engineering V. Nesterenko,
A.P. Pisano, S. Sarkar, Mathematics R. Banks, L. T. Cheng, M. Holst,
Radiology S. Sinha, San Diego Supercomputer Center A. Majumdar, M. Tatineni

Center researchers are world-renowned experts in experimental and computational methods, design optimization, sensor technology and multifunctional materials

M2DO: Multiscale and Multiphysics Design Optimization Considering Manufacturability M2DO: Multiscale and Multiphysics Design Optimization Considering Manufacturability
Professor H. Alicia Kim and Dr. Hayoung Chung

With the development of Additive Manufacturing (AM) technology, an architected material (a material with designed internal architecture, e.g.

Sensing Subsurface Structural Damage using Noncontact Tomography Sensing Subsurface Structural Damage using Noncontact Tomography
Kenneth J. Loh, Sumit Gupta, Gaochen Fan, and Sashank Shivakumar,
Active, Responsive, Multi-functional and Ordered-materials Research Lab (ARMOR)

Aerospace, civil, marine, and even biological structures and components are susceptible to damage that often initiate beneath the surface, which make them di

Mean-strain Methodology Mean-strain Methodology
Professor Petr Krysl

Methodology for stabilizing mean-strain hexahedron and tetrahedron finite elements for applications to anisotropic deformation in the infinitesimal- and fini

High-speed Inspection of Railtracks by Passive Extraction of Acoustic Transfer Functions from Wheel-generated Dynamic Excitations High-speed Inspection of Railtracks by Passive Extraction of Acoustic Transfer Functions from Wheel-generated Dynamic Excitations
Professor Francesco Lanza Di Scalea

Internal defects in rails cause a number of train accidents worldwide, including derailments.

Mechanical Response Of Confined Pentamode Lattices For Potential Use As Novel Seismic Isolation And Impact Protection Devices Mechanical Response Of Confined Pentamode Lattices For Potential Use As Novel Seismic Isolation And Impact Protection Devices
Dr. Gianmario Benzoni with University of Salerno

The ability of pentamode lattices to have both very soft and very stiff deformation modes suggests they are potentially suitable for use as seismic isolators

Modeling The Nano-mechanics Of Single-cell Structures Modeling The Nano-mechanics Of Single-cell Structures
Professor Robert J. Asaro

The cell wall of S.

Remaining Fatigue Life Predictions of Monitored Structural Systems 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

Optimal Damage Detection And Prognosis Via Ultrasonic Scattering Optimal Damage Detection And Prognosis Via Ultrasonic Scattering
Professor Michael Todd

Ultrasonic guided wave interrogation using piezoelectric arrays and full- eld laser ultrasonic inspection has evolved into a very active research area.

Thermal Energy In Geotechnical Engineering - 1 Thermal Energy In Geotechnical Engineering
Associate Professor John McCartney OPTIMAL DAMAGE DETECTION AND PROGNOSIS VIA ULTRASONIC SCATTERING

Although geothermal heat exchange is a well- understood approach to sustainably heat and cool buildings, it often comes with high up- front installation cost

Seismic Isolation Of Nuclear Power Plants Seismic Isolation Of Nuclear Power Plants
Professor Gilberto Mosqueda

Seismic isolation has been proven as an e ective strategy to protect critical facilities including Nuclear Power Plants (NPPs) from the damaging e ects of ho

Wearable Nanocomposite Fabrics For Human Performance Sensing Wearable Nanocomposite Fabrics For Human Performance Sensing
Associate Professor Ken Loh

The safe, e cient, and reliable operations of land, air, and marine vessels and structural systems depend on the performance of the human operator.

Improved Ground Vibration Testing methods For Flight Structures Improved Ground Vibration Testing methods For Flight Structures
Professor John B. Kosmatka

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