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 CREATING SUSTAINABLE INFRASTRUCTURE TO 'RESIST' EXTREME LOADS

Frequent occurrences of natural disasters and associated loss have repeatedly demonstrated the vulnerability of civil infrastructure to hurricanes, earthquakes, and tsunamis.  RESIST Research Group's goal is to increase the resiliency of infrastructure to natural hazards while incorporating innovative materials with low life-cycle costs. Our research objective is to combine the accuracy and general-applicability of computational modeling methods with the speed and ease-of-use of the artificial intelligence computing. System-level computational models are an indispensable part of the performance-based design philosophy for creating the smart and natural-hazard-resilient structures of the future.
RESIST Research Group also aims to develop numerical methods to identify vulnerable infrastructure (including buildings, bridges, and their foundations) and establish computationally-proven rehabilitation and upgrade techniques to increase their natural-hazard resiliency. While it is tempting to visualize the cities of the future entirely build from new and smart buildings, they will in fact include a vast majority of existing structures that we use today. Our main challenge will be to upgrade millions of existing structures to increase their strength and natural-hazard resiliency while adding sustainable and energy-efficient components. To this end, RESIST Research Group creates hybrid simulation methodologies, and associated computer tools, which combine the physics-based numerical simulation methods with artificial, soft-computing methods to achieve high accuracy and low computational cost outcomes. 

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Last Updated: 1/16/20