The group’s main goal is to make our cities more resilient and our infrastructure safer against multi-hazard extreme events. We are primarily active in the fields of structural engineering and fire safety engineering.

Extreme hazards affect the built environment at several scales. They affect the behavior of the materials, such as steel and concrete. They damage the structures that form the buildings and bridges. Finally, they impair the functionality of the systems that are essential to the prosperity of our societies. Our research spans these different scales to address the multiple challenges of structural resilience.

Material Scale

We seek to understand the effects of extreme events on the behavior of civil engineering materials. We conduct experiments, we develop computational models for implementation in finite element software, and we incorporate uncertainties through probabilistic modeling.

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Structural Scale

We look at how structures behave under extreme events. We develop methods for design and reliability assessment of civil engineering structures under a variety of hazard scenarios. We provide tools and rigorous approaches to performance-based fire design.

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System Scale

Damage to critical infrastructure disrupt a city’s ability to function for the community. However the infrastructure systems can be made more resilient through efficient structural design decisions, which may enhance residual functionality and minimize recovery time. We study the impact of critical infrastructure failure on a system’s resilience and look for methods for minimizing this impact.

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We are also involved in the development of a nonlinear finite element software, SAFIR. For more information, visit the SAFIR webpage.

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