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Structural Engineering and Mechanics Research

There is a vigorous research program in Structural Engineering and Mechanics (SEM) here at Penn State. The total funding for research projects in the SEM group was $2.57 million as of September 1, 2016. The project titles, principle investigators, and other information on these research contracts and grants is listed below.

RESEARCH PROJECTS

A nonlinear programming paradigm for hybrid elements formulation towards high-performance collapse simulations. (PI: Papakonstantinou). National Science Foundation. August 1, 2016 – July 31, 2019. $296,934.

RSB/Collaborative Research: A Sequential Decision Framework to Support Trade Space Exploration of Multi-Hazard Resilient and Sustainable Building Designs. (PI: G. Warn). National Science Foundation, March 1, 2015 – August 31, 2019. $1,260,000. (Penn State portion $849,189).

REU Supplement for RSB/Collaborative Research: A Sequential Decision Framework to Support Trade Space Exploration of Multi-Hazard Resilient and Sustainable Building Designs. (PI: G. Warn). National Science Foundation, March 1, 2015 – August 31, 2019. $60,000. (Penn State portion $30,000).

CAREER: A Performance-Based Multi-Objective Optimization Framework to Define Innovative Structural Concepts and Support the Seismic Design of Critical Buildings. (PI: G.Warn). National Science Foundation, July 1, 2014 – June 30, 2019. $400,000.

CAREER: Optimal Engineering Decision-Making under Uncertainties for Enhanced Structural Life-Cycle. (PI: Papakonstantinou). National Science Foundation, July 1, 2018 – June 30, 2023. $500,000.

Benchmarking the Reproducing Kernel Particle Method for Geotechnical Operations. (PI: Hillman). Case New Holland America LLC. May 1, 2019 - October 31, 2019.  $59,995.

Enhanced Reproducing Kernel Particle Method: Variationally Consistent Naturally Stabilized Nodal Integration. (PI: Hillman). Karagozian & Case, Inc. January 14, 2019 – January 14, 2020. $72,698.

A Discrete Continuum Particle Method for Understanding Micro-structural Failure of Concrete. (PI: Hillman). Integrated Solutions for Systems. November 1, 2018 – October 31, 2019. $103,995.  

A Combined Computational-Experimental Approach to Study Three-Dimensional Fracture in Polymer-Ceramic Composites. (PI: Hillman, Co-PI: J. Du). National Science Foundation. October 1, 2018 – September30, 2021. $545,418.  

Evaluation of Concrete Materials Performance in Aging Structures (Co-PI, PI: A. Siad). The Johns Hopkins University Applied Physics Laboratory, LLC. June 4, 2019 - August 31, 2019. $34,900

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