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CIMNE Seminar - Recent Developments, Applications and New Horizons in Hybrid Simulation, by Khalid M. Mosalam

Tuesday, July 12th, 2016. Time: 17h

Place: O.C. Zienkiewicz Conference Room, C1 Building, UPC Campus Nord, Barcelona.


The presentation focuses on two aspects of recent hybrid simulation (HS) research. First aspect is recent development of HS in earthquake engineering and the use of this development in several applications.

This includes two research endeavors: 1) Development of a real-time hybrid simulation (RTHS) system for testing high voltage electrical substation equipment on a shaking table, and 2) Implementation of an advanced control method for the enhancement of RTHS on multiple shaking tables for use in testing interconnected electrical equipment. Second aspect is the use of the HS method in the emerging field of multi-hazards using performance-based engineering (PBE) concepts. In this regard, two research activities are covered: 1) HS tests of wind turbines, and 2) Extension of HS test results for use in PBE where three examples covering a wide range of structures are discussed. These examples are (a) electric substations, (b) curtain wall façade systems, and (c) structural insulated panels (SIPs).

Moreover, the presentation will very briefly include several background HS tests conducted at UC Berkeley, use of HS for a problem involving multi-physics phenomena for the evaluation of building envelopes, and theoretical development to evaluate the errors in RTHS for classical problems in continuum mechanics.


MosalamKhalid M. Mosalam, PhD, PE. Taisei Professor of Civil Engineering & Director of the Pacific Earthquake Engineering Research Center University of California, Berkeley.

Mosalam obtained his BS and MS from Cairo University and his PhD from Cornell University in Structural Engineering. In 1997, he joined the faculty of the Department of Civil and Environmental Engineering, University of California, Berkeley (UCB) where he is currently the Taisei Professor of Civil Engineering and the Director of the Pacific Earthquake Engineering Research (PEER) Center. He conducts research on the performance and health monitoring of structural systems of concrete, masonry and wood subjected to extreme loads. He is active in areas of assessment and rehabilitation of essential facilities, e.g. bridges and electrical substations. He is also active in research related to building energy efficiency and sustainability. His research approach covers large-scale computations and physical testing including hybrid simulation. He is the recipient of the 2006 ASCE Walter L. Huber Civil Engineering Research Prize and the 2013 UCB Chancellor award for Public Services.