Infrastructure Safety Engineering

Researchers in the Earthquake Engineering and Structures Laboratory study buildings, bridges, power plants and other infrastructure systems to advance state-of-the art safety and stability methods for use by civil and mechanical engineers.

Earthquake Simulator
The laboratory includes the “Shake Table,” one of the most powerful earthquake simulators on the East Coast. The Shake Table produces every motion that a building or structure may experience during an earthquake, allowing it to simulate the most severe earthquakes recorded worldwide over the last 100 years.

Investigators Study Earthquake Resilience of Constructed Facilities
GW researchers lead the way in international efforts to better understand the behavior of nuclear reactors during seismic activity.

Featured Staff

Dr. Majid T. Manzari

Professor Majid Manzari's Earthquake Engineering and Structures Lab conducts advanced experimental and computational research in earthquake engineering, fatigue and fracture of engineering materials, geomechanics, and geotechnical engineering. Current projects include: multiscale meshfree modeling of geostructures containing liquefiable soils, seismic response of nuclear fuel assemblies, fatigue of aluminum weldments, and development of efficient and robust techniques for implementation of elastoplastic models of engineering materials.

Dr. Philippe Bardet

Professor Philippe Bardet's research focuses on experimental fluid mechanics and nuclear thermal hydraulics. He specializes in developing new laser-based diagnostics for multiphase and fluid-structure interaction flows. On-going research efforts include gas transfer in aquatic environments, plume dispersal in the environment, and seismic response of nuclear fuel assemblies.