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Symposium 4

Structures in Challenging Environments: Dynamics, Controls, Smart Structures, Health Monitoring, and Sensors

Co-Chairs: Wei Zhang, Ph.D., University of Connecticut, Storrs, CT; Landolf Rhode-Barbarigos, Ph.D., University of Miami, Coral Gables, FL; and Gangbing Song, Ph.D., University of Houston, Houston, TX

The technical areas of dynamics, controls, and evaluation and condition monitoring of engineering structures and systems, specially designed and built to operate in challenging environments on Earth and in space, are of extreme importance. Integration of sensors into structural and material systems enables more effective and precisely tuned performance, as well as remote evaluation and control of space and terrestrial structures systems. The design and analysis of structures in challenging environments on any planetary body need special care beyond current terrestrial practice. Space environments – on planetary surfaces or in orbit – expose systems to radiation, micro/reduced gravity, vacuum, debris/meteoroid impact, and temperature extremes. Overcoming these significant challenges is imperative to the success of any structure in space and in extreme and challenging environments on Earth. In addition, educators face challenges in using emerging technology to improve the education of the engineers of the future

List of Presentations

  • Pounding Tuned Mass Damper : a Novel Device for Passive Structural Vibration Control - Author: Peng Zhang, Lecturer, Dalian Maritime University
  • Study on the Application of Post-Embedded Piezoceramic Smart Aggregates for the Force Detection on RC Columns under Dynamic Loadings - Author: WenI Liao, Professor, National Taipei University of Technology
  • Uncertainty Quantification Modeling of Structures and Materials using the Hypercomplex Differentiation Method - Author: Matthew Balcer, Ph.D. Student, The University of Texas at San Antonio
  • Development of a Novel Corrosion Sensor based on Electromechnical Impedance Instrumented Piezoelectric-Metal Transducer - Author: Weijie Li, Ph.D., Postdoctoral, School of Civil and Environmental Engineering, Harbin Institute of Technology
  • Research on Active Thermal Based Distributed Fiber Optic Temperature Sensing for Leakage Detection in Water Pipeline - Author: Weijie Li, Ph.D., Postdoctoral, School of Civil and Environmental Engineering, Harbin Institute of Technology
  • Research on the Mechanism and Quantitative Analysis of Mode Localization of Offshore Wind Turbine Blades - Author: Dongsheng Li, Professor, Shantou University
  • Performance Correction of Cantilevered Piezoelectric Energy Harvesters Considering Non-Uniform Electric Field in the Piezoelectric Layer - Author: Xianfeng Wang, Ph.D Student, School of Civil Engineering, Beijing Jiaotong University
  • Monitoring of Grouting Compactness in a Post-Tensioning Curve Tendon Duct Using Piezoceramic Transducers - Author: Tianyong Jiang, Associate Professor, Changsha University of Science and Technology
  • Effect of Extra Poles on Structural Seismic Resistance for Typical Rural Low-Rise RC Structures - Author: Pengjie Lu, Ph.D. Candidate of Dalian University of Technology, Dalian University of Technology
  • Through the Optimization Transfer-CNN, the Unmanned Vehicle Equipped with the Visual Crack Detection Camera is used to Realize the Automatic Evaluation of the Building Structure Safety - Author: Shubo Wang, Ph.D., China Agricultural University
  • Seismic Performance and Damage Assessment of Electrical Substation - Author: Bo Wen, Ph.D., Deputy Director, Xi'an University of Architecture & Technology
  • Local Reinforcement Corrosion Evaluation of RC Structures Based on Fractal Characteristics of Piezoelectric Guided Waves - Author: Shi Yan, Professor, School of Civil Engineering, Shenyang Jianzhu University
  • The Damage Detection for Pipeline Structures Based on Piezoceramic Transducers - Author: Chunyuan Zuo, Doctor, Huaiyin Institute of Technology
  • Study on Identification Method Based on the Curvature Model of Composite Plate Structure - Author: Baoxin Qi, Ph.D., Shenyang Jianzhu Uniersity
  • Research on Strain Measurement using Smartphones with a Mobile Phone Microscope - Author: Botao Xie, School of Civil Engineering, Dalian University of Technology
  • Multichannel Analysis of Surface Waves Method-Based Interfacial Debonding Defection for Concrete-Filled Double-Steel-Plate Composite Walls - Author: Xin Nie, Research Professor
  • Localization of Tunnel Cavity Fillings Based on Radar Wavelet Transform Time-Energy Density Method - Author: Sheng Zhang, Ph.D., University of Houston
  • Study on the Longitudinal Displacement Regularity of an Asymmetric Cable-Stayed Bridge with a Hybrid Girder Affected by Temperature - Author: Donghuang Yan, Professor, School of Civil Engineering, Changsha University of Science and Technology
  • A Method for Closing Deck of Cable-stayed Bridges with a Single Erection Joint - Author: Changsong Chen, Professor, School of Civil Engineering,Changsha University of Science & Technology
  • Smart Rock Technology for Local Scour Monitoring of Bridge Structures During a Flood Event - Author: Fujian Tang, Ph.D., Associate Professor, Dalian University of Technology
  • Correlation of Impedance and Compressive Stress of Carbon Nanofiber Aggregates for Structural Health Monitoring - Author: Bhagirath Joshi, Ph.D. Candidate, University of Houston
  • Monitoring of Interfacial Debonding of Concrete Filled Pultruded-GFRP Tubular Column Based on Piezoelectric Smart Aggregate and Wavelet Analysis - Author: Wenwei Yang, Professor, Ningxia University
  • An Extraction Method for Stress Wave Reflection Period Based on Image Processing - Author: Panpan Gong, Graduate Student, Yangtzeu University
  • Research on Health Monitoring for Large Span Steel Structures - Author: Xiuli Wang, Ph.D., Professor, Lanzhou University of Technology
  • Analysis and Monitoring on the Highway Bridge with Newly Constructed Link Slab Considering Thermal Effects - Author: Yifan Zhu, Graduate Research Assistant, Ph.D. Candidate, University of Maryland - College Park
  • Seismic Performance of Recentering Shear Wall Reinforced with Superelastic Shape Memory Alloy Bars - Author: Yiping Kang, Ph.D. Candidate, College of Civil Engineering , Zhengzhou University
  • Control of Train-Induced Vibration Using Periodic Materials, Author: Chuhao Qin, School of Civil Engineering and Transportation, South China University of Technology
  • HMM-based Pipeline Leakage Detection - Author: Mingchi Zhang, Graduate Student, Texas Southern University
  • Vibration Control of Superelastic SMA Spring Braces to a Frame Structure Under Earthquake Exciting - Author: Bin Huang, Ph.D., Professor, Wuhan University of Technology
  • Seismic Collapse Prevention Performance of Low-Ductility CBFs - Author: Gang Li, Ph.D., M.ASCE, Professor, Dalian University of Technology
  • Improved Resilience Analysis of Existing Orthotropic Steel Bridge Considering the Debris Effects - Author: Xiaolong Ma, Student, University of Connecticut
  • Experimental Study of Breaking Wave Forces on of Sea-Crossing Bridges Substructures  - Author: Jie Hong, Ph.D. Candidate, Southwest Jiaotong University
  • Experimental and Numerical Investigations into Fatigue Assessment of Structures in Challenging Environments of Deep Oceans - Author: Sasan M. Iranpour, Ph.D., P.Eng., Engineering Manager, Allnorth
  • Analysis of the TMD Enhanced Base Isolation System (BIS) Using Clutching Inerter Damper - Author: Qigang Liang, Ph.D., Dalian University of Technology
  • On the Hydrostatic Nonlinearity of Spar Type Floating Offshore Wind Turbine in Hydrodynamic Waves - Author: Zahid Ullah, Ph.D. Candidate, Hanyang University
  • A Novel Robotic-Assisted Health Monitoring Method for Cuplock Scaffold Connection - Author: Furui Wang, Research Assistant, University of Houston
  • Understanding Spatial Abilities and Spatial Strategy Under Extreme Visual and Gravitational Environments - Author: Hannah Park, Ph.D. Candidate, Graduate Student Researcher, Texas A & M University
  • Experimental Investigation and Numerical Analysis on Stiffness Degradation of High-Performance Steel Beams with Local Shear-Span Corrosion - Author: Linfa Xiao, Ph.D. Candidate, Changsha University of Science and Technology
  • Martian Agriculture and Plant Science (MAPS): A Food Production Solution for Sustainable Human Presence on Mars - Author: Cory George, Student, University of California, Davis

Title of Special Session: Tensegrity – Concepts and Applications in Challenging Environments

Session Organizers: Landolf Rhode-Barbarigos, Ph.D., University of Miami, Coral Gables, FL; and Ju Hong Park, Ph.D., POSTECH, Pohang, Korea

Tensegrity systems are reticulated structures composed of tension and compression members in a stable self-equilibrium. They are materially efficient form-found systems that provide the possibility of designing strong yet lightweight structures as well as integrating sensors and actuators that enable structural or shape adjustments according to environmental or functional requirements. Tensegrity structures are thus excellent candidates for structures in challenging environments. In this session, topics such as physical or numerical form-finding methods, physical or virtual experiments of robotic systems and active structures, control algorithms and AI developments, smart design and fabrication systems, are of special interest.

Structures Under Extreme Environments: Theory and Applications

Session Organizers: Wei Zhang, Ph.D., University of Connecticut, Storrs, CT; and Dong-Ho Choi, Ph.D., Hanyang University, Seoul, Korea

In the challenging environments, such as high wind and ocean waves for coastal infrastructures, it is necessary to design structures to respond automatically and actively to these hazardous elements that could interact actively or passively with structures. This special session deals with topics related to new and advanced concept, methods and applications on structures subjected to wind/wave hazards to improve infrastructure resilience including, but not limited to the following: wind/wave & structure interactions related vibration control and mitigation; fatigue and fracture; and structural resiliency.

Specialized Sensors-based Structural Damage Detection and Health Monitoring

Session Organizers: Gangbing Song, Ph.D. University of Houston Houston, TX; and Ramesh B. Malla, Ph.D., F. ASCE, University of Connecticut, Storrs, CT

For durability, safety, efficient operation and functioning of structures, effective health monitoring, damage detection, and vibration control measures are necessary. This is more important for structures built to operate in harsh and hazardous environments. Special sessions are proposed that focus on (1) Piezoceramic based structural damage detection, and (2) Fiber optic sensor based structural health monitoring.

Advanced Concepts on Renewable and Green Energy Harvesting

Session Organizer: Ramesh B. Malla, Ph.D., F. ASCE, University of Connecticut, Storrs, CT

To meet ever-increasing demand of energy consumption worldwide in an environmentally friendly and sustainable manner, various renewable energy sources have been investigated and some already successfully used to generate electricity. This session deals with new innovative structural systems, concepts, methodologies, and their applications of harvesting green and renewable energy from wind, ocean waves, vibrations, and other sources.

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