The Structures Group provides performance prediction tools to reduce the vulnerability of building and infrastructure systems to extreme events (e.g., wind, fire, earthquake, impact, blast) through cost-effective reliability-based multi-hazard approaches. The group: (1) conducts laboratory, field, and analytical research in the areas of wind engineering, structural fire safety design and retrofit, mitigation of progressive structural collapse, nondestructive evaluation, and performance of structural materials and connections; (2) provides guidance, tools, and science-based criteria for vulnerability assessment, design, and retrofit applications; (3) conducts disaster and failure investigations; and (4) supports the technical information needs of federal agencies in formulating national policies related to building and infrastructure applications.
Measures of Building Resilience and Structural Robustness Project—Disaster resilience of a building or a community is the capability to quickly restore full functionality following an extreme event. Buildings play a critical role in achieving community …
Fire Resistance Design and Retrofit of Structures Project—This project will develop and implement tools, methodology, guidance, and pre-standards for designing and evaluating structures for fire performance, including: development of performance …