Our Research Overview
Our Research Goals: Sustainability, Resilience, and Prediction
Our Research Hypothesis: Multiscale-Multidisciplinary
Our Research Approach: Theoretical-Experimental-Computational
Our research focuses on world-class knowledge and state-of-the-art technologies to advance various construction-building materials to enable sustainable and functional civil infrastructures that are safer, more resilient, energy-efficient, and environment-friendly. We combine multidisciplinary theories with multiscale experimental methods and computational multiscale-multiphysics modeling approaches. Specifically, our research is centered on using materials engineering to understand and model the complex multiphysical (thermo-, hygro-, mechanical, and chemical) and multiscale (atomistic to continuum at the nano to meter scales) behavior of various construction-building materials with complex microstructures and inelastic damage-dependent deformation. We devote our efforts to understanding and characterizing the fundamental properties of infrastructure materials by linking them with the structural response and behavior, which provides key information for optimized design/renewal and more durable/resilient performance.