Spring 2017 NHERI Project Awardees

Published on April 7, 2017


The following recent awards were granted to projects within the Natural Hazards Engineering Research Infrastructure (NHERI) program.


University of California, Davis

  • Centrifuge
    • CPT-Based Characterization of Intermediate Soils, Award 1300518, Ross Boulanger, UC Davis
    • Engineering Research Center for bio-mediated and Bio-inspired Geotechnics (CBBG), Award 1449501, Jason DeJong, UC Davis as sub to Arizona State
    • Centrifuge Modeling of Coastal Soil-Structure Instability, Award 1538211, H. Benjamin Mason, Oregon State
    • Liquefaction Evaluations of Finely Interlayered Sands, Silts and Clays, Award 1635398, Ross Boulanger, UC Davis
    • Collaborative Research: Validation of Constitutive and Numerical Modeling Techniques for Soil Liquefaction Analysis, Awards 1635307, Bruce Kutter, UC Davis
    • Soil-Foundation-Structure Interaction Effects on Cyclic Failure Potential of Silts and Clays, Award 1563638, Scott Brandenberg, UCLA


University of Texas, Austin

  • PECASE: Revolutionizing Surface Wave Methods for Engineering Analyses - from Deterministic and Incoherent to Probabilistic and Standardized (DIPS), Award 1261775, Brady Cox, University of Texas, Austin


Lehigh University

  • Collaborative Research: Semi-Active Controlled Cladding Panels for Multi-Hazard Resilient Buildings
    • CMMI 1463497 — PI James Ricles, Lehigh University; co-PI Spenser Quiel, Lehigh University
    • CMMI 1463252 — PI Simon Leflamme, Iowa State University
  • Collaborative Research: A Resilience-based Seismic Design Methodology for Tall Wood Buildings
    • CMMI 1636164 — Shiling Pei, Colorado School of Mines
    • CMMI 1635227 — PI James Ricles, Lehigh University; co-PI Richard Sause, Lehigh University
    • CMMI 1635156 — James Dolan, Washington State University
    • CMMI 1634628 — John van de Lindt, Colorado State University
    • CMMI 1634204 — Jeffrey Berman, Unversity of Washington
    • CMMI 1635363 — Keri Ryan, University of Nevada


University of Florida

  • BWLT — Boundary Layer Wind Tunnel
    • MRI: Deployment of a Versatile, Self-Configuring Turbulent Flow Condition System for a Shared-Use Hybrid Low-Speed Wind Tunnel, CMMI 1428954, Forrest Masters, University of Florida
    • Cyber-physical systems approach to the optimal design of structures for wind hazards, CMMI 1636039 PI Brian Philips, University of Maryland, NHERI
    • CAREER: Behavior of Hurricane Wind and Wind-Driven Rain in the Coastal Suburban Roughness Sublayer, Award 1055744, PI Forrest Masters, University of Florida
    • Collaborative Research: Performance-Based Framework for Wind-Excited Multi-Story Buildings, CMMI 1462076, PI Ahsan Kareem, Notre Dame, NSF Enhancement Project, support by NHERI
    • Collaborative Research: Performance-Based Framework for Wind-Excited Multi-Story Buildings, University of Michigan, Seymour Spense, Award 1462084, NSF Enhancement Project, supported by NHERI
  • MAWLS — Multi Axis Wind Load Simulator
    • Natural Hazards Engineering Research Infrastructure: Experimental Facility with Boundary Layer Wind Tunnel, Wind Load and Dynamic Flow Simulators, and Pressure Loading Actuators, Award 1520843
      • Upgrade to Instrumentation, Forrest Masters, University of Florida
      • Masonry demonstration project being filmed for outreach, education and safety training, H.R. Hamilton, University of Florida


Oregon State University

  • Non-linear Long Wave Amplification in the Shadow Zone of Offshore Islands, Award 1538624, Costas Synolakis, Pat Lynett, University of Southern California, DWB
  • Non-linear Long Wave Amplification in the Shadow Zone of Offshore Islands, Award 1538190, James Kaihatu, Texas A&M University, DWB
  • Fundamental Mechanics and Conditional Probabilities for Prediction of Hurricane Surge and Wave Loads on Elevated Coastal Structures, Award 1301016, Dan Cox, Oregon State University, LWF
  • Probabilistic Assessment of Tsunami Forces on Coastal Structures, Award 1536198, Mike Motley, Randall LeVeque, Frank Gonzalez, University of Washington, LWF
  • Two Phase Flow Modeling of Wind Influences on Wave Breaking, Award 1436642, Qinping Zou, University of Maine, LWF
  • Numerical and Probabilstic Modeling of Aboveground Storage Tanks Subjected to Multi-Hazard Stomr Events, Award 1635784, Jamie Padgett, Rice University, DWB
  • Physical Modeling of Submarine Volcanic Eruption Generated Tsunamis, Award 1563217, Hermann Fritz, Josef Dufek, Georgia Tech, DWB
  • Telescopic Structural Flood Walls, Award 1621727, Jorge Cueto, Smart Walls Construction LLC, LWF


Florida International University

  • Wall of Wind Facility
    • Experimentally Validated Stochastic Numerical Framework to Generate Multi-Dimensional Fragilities for Hurricane Resilience Enhancement of Transmission Systems, Abdollah Shafieezadeh, Ohio State University
    • Uncovering Potential Risks of Wind-Induced Cascading Damages to Construction Projects and Neighboring Communities, Youngjib Ham, Florida International University
    • Collaborative Research: Progressive Failure Studies of Residential Houses Towards Performance Based Hurricane Engineering, Steve Cai, Louisiana State Unversity; Arindam Chowdhury, FIU
    • CAREER: Full-Scale Simulation of Peak Responses to Reduce Hurricane Damage to Low Buildings and Use of Related Research to Develop Hurricane-Engineering Expertise, Arindam Chowdhury, FIU
    • Innovative Hurricane Damage Mitigation Systems, Arindam Chowdhury, FIU
    • Pervasive Spectrum Sharing for Public Safety Communications, Award 1443999, Kernal Akkaya, Florida International University


UC San Diego

  • Collaborative Research: A Resilience-Based Seismic Design Methodology for Tall Wood Buildings, Award 1636164, Shiling Pei, Colorado School of Mines