Computational solid mechanics, multiscale materials modeling, modeling of extreme events.
Thermo-hydro-mechanical behavior of soils; design and analysis of thermally active geotechnical systems (energy found
Damage detection and localization, multifunctional materials, nanocomposites, scalable nano-manufacturing, smart infr
Structural Engineering Department at UC San Diego
The Department of Structural Engineering offers a unique program
spanning across civil, aerospace, and mechanical engineering.
The Charles Lee Powell Structural Research Laboratories are the largest and most active full-scale structural testing facilities in the world. With its 50 ft. tall reaction wall and 120 ft. long strong floor, the Structural Systems Laboratory is equipped for full-scale testing of bridges, buildings and aircraft.
One of the world’s largest shake tables, the six-degree-of-freedom shake table is used for the dynamic testing of full-scale bearings, isolators, and dampers. Computer-controlled hydraulic actuators that can apply up to 12 million pounds of force during earthquake simulations power SRMD.
In 2005, the Englekirk Structural Engineering Center opened as an expansion of Powell Labs, equipped with the world’s first outdoor shake table. It is adjacent to the country’s largest Soil Foundation-structure Interaction Facility. UCSD Blast Simulator is the world’s first laboratory to simulate the effects of bombs without the use of explosive materials.