Research Projects

Generic Research Project Image Acoustic Pathways Revealed: Simulating Sound Reception in Cuvier’s Beaked Whale
Professor Petr Krysl

In this collaborative research with San Diego State University’s Department of Biology and with Scripps Institution of Oceanography, a finite element vibroac

Generic Research Project Image Bio-inspired Engineering about Fish Fins
Professor Qiang Zhu

The fins of a fish are often strengthened by embedded rays, and therefore possess anisotropic flexibility.

Generic Research Project Image Micromechanical Analysis of Fragmentation using ALE-AMR
Professor David J. Benson

Fragmentation is a fundamental process that naturally spans micro to macroscopic scales.

Generic Research Project Image Testing Biomineralized Composites for Greater Toughness
Professor Robert Asaro

Are biomineralized composites tougher due to their nano-scale size?

Generic Research Project Image Simulating Bomb Blasts
Professor Gilbert Hegemier

The Explosive Loading Laboratory and Testing Program, funded by the Technical Support Working Group (TSWG), is the first program in the world to develop a hy

Generic Research Project Image Lightweight Composite Portable Bridges for Military and Emergency Applications
Professor John Kosmatka

Lightweight Composite Portable Bridges for Military and Emergency Applications - Professor John Kosmatka The need for immediate mobility in the aftermath of

Generic Research Project Image Blast Resistant FRP Composite Designs & Verification
Professor Robert Asaro

Professors Asaro, Hegemier and Kim are working with the Office of Navy Research on concept designs of the new DDX deckhouse-steel connections, related to the

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.