Establishing a Research Network in Hybrid Simulation for Multi-Hazard Engineering
Hybrid simulation is a powerful cyber-physical technique that integrates physical experimentation with computational simulation to observe and evaluate the performance of engineering systems under realistic conditions. Originally pioneered in the field of earthquake engineering, hybrid simulation includes a suite of efficient and cost-effective techniques that has potential for quite broad application across many science and engineering disciplines. For example, such experimental evaluation of new design concepts and devices is intended to examine the performance of our infrastructure, such as buildings and lifelines, when exposed to extreme events or hazards. Thus, these experiments enable knowledge generation and innovations that will reduce fatalities, maintain business continuity, and minimize economic losses resulting from natural hazards such as earthquakes and windstorms.
A growing interdisciplinary community of researchers is using hybrid simulation to address societal grand challenge problems related to multi-hazard engineering. However, existing technical and cultural barriers have limited the growth of hybrid simulation. A research coordination network will be established to accelerate progress toward these societal grand challenges, build capacity in a range of laboratories, and build partnerships between disciplines.
This NSF-funded research coordination network seeks to broaden the community and forge new partnerships able to tackle the scientific challenges that lie ahead, and thus facilitate the advances needed to both establish the fundamental theory of and expand the capacity for hybrid simulation methods for natural hazards applications. The planned activities are intended to promote a diverse and inclusive research network that fosters transformative concepts and leads to successful research initiatives.
Faculty Investigator: Shirley Dyke
Graduate Students: Johnny Condori, Christian Silva
Sponsor: National Science Foundation