Current Research: Structural Engineering

Most of the current research areas encompass both analytical and experimental components. The goal of much of the research is to develop a better understanding of structural behavior and improved design recommendations.

Funding sources include national agencies such as the National Science Foundation, the National Cooperative Highway Research Program, and the American Institute of Steel Construction; state agencies such as the Minnesota Department of Transportation; and industry. Current major areas of research are:

  • Earthquake Engineering and Structural Dynamics
  • New Structural Systems and Design Methodologies
  • Infrastructure Performance and Durability
  • Computational and Structural Mechanics

The University of Minnesota is home to the Multi-Axial Subassemblage Testing [MAST] system. The MAST Laboratory, the largest test systmem of its kind in the world, provides a powerful tool for investigationg the effects of earthquakes, hurricanes, and other extreme events on large structural components up to several stories tall.