Computational and Experimental Investigation of Manmade and Natural Disasters

J.S. Chen, University of California, San Diego
Yuri Bazilevs, University of California, San Diego
Sheng-Wei Chi, University of Illinois at Chicago
Eliot Fang, Sandia National Laboratory
Pai-Chen Guan, National Taiwan Ocean University
Gilbert Hegemier, University of California, San Diego
Jason Roth, US Army Engineer Research and Development Center
Lauren Stewart, Georgia Institute of Technology

Manmade and natural disasters (blast, fragment-impact, penetration, earthquake, tsunami, landslide, debris flow) pose severe threats to our living environment, and the disaster prediction and mitigation have become a timely research topic for safeguarding our society. This minisymposium aims to promote collaboration among academic and government researchers and industrial engineers in developing and applying advanced numerical and empirical methods for disaster assessment and mitigation. Those who have been working in the related fields are cordially invited to exchange their ideas and research results in this minisymposium. Presentations are solicited in all subjects related to computational and experimental investigation of disasters, which include but are not limited to the followings:

•    Advanced disaster simulation methods such as finite element methods, meshfree and particle methods, isogeometric analysis, discrete element methods, etc.

•    Experimental methods for dynamic and impulsive loadings

•    Verification and validation of disaster simulation models

•    Constitutive modeling and characterization of disaster debris

•    Constitutive modeling and characterization of materials under high strain rate

•    Fluid-structure interaction in disaster dynamics

•    Multiscale disaster simulations of disaster sequences

•    Sub-scale and near full-scale experimental investigation of damage mechanisms at coupon, component, and system levels

•    Experimental investigation of damage initiation, propagation, and total collapse in structures

•    Experimental and computational investigations on high-rate damage and failure mechanisms in semi-brittle geomaterials such as concrete

•    Analysis of ultra-high performance concrete materials for extreme events

•    Experimental and computational investigations on soil liquefaction, foundation failure and debris flow

•    Numerical algorithm implementation and simulation software development

•    Retrofitting of existing infrastructures to minimize damage due to manmade and natural disasters

•    Design of disaster resistant and resilient structures

•    Large scale parallel computation and scalable algorithms