Civil Engineering Research Groups

Computational Mechanics Laboratory

The Computational Mechanics Laboratory is focused on the development of new numerical methods that enable the investigation of emerging theories in applied mechanics, with a particular emphasis on the important role played by interfaces and defects. Our work is interdisciplinary and combines civil and mechanical engineering, applied mathematics, computer science, and materials science.

Faculty: John Dolbow

Duke Nonlinear Dynamics Group

The Nonlinear Dynamics Group focuses on various aspects of nonlinear behavior in vibration and buckling situations encountered in a number of practical applications. Specific projects include global behavior of nonlinear systems, nonlinear aeroelasticity and control, controlling chaos, alternative experimental techniques and new phenomena in an impacting system, solar sails, etc.

Faculty: Lawrence N. Virgin

Dynamical Systems Research Laboratory

The Dynamical Systems Research Laboratory is focused on dynamical systems theory and on fundamental investigations of nonlinear phenomena or analysis methods. Research areas include energy harvesting, wave propagation, time-delay systems, machine tool dynamics, and sports, exercise and rehabilitation.

Faculty: Brian Mann

Engineering and Environmental Geophysics Lab

The Engineering and Environmental Geophysics Lab specializes in investigating and exploring linkages between geotechnical properties and complex electrical resistivity parameters useful for the assessment of the strength and mechanical behavior of soils.

Faculty: Fred K. Boadu

Environmental Geomatics and Geophysics

The Environmental Geomatics and Geophysics group is focused on environmental geomatics, engineering and environmental geophysics, and environmental soil physics. Current work includes desiccation shrinkage and damage in soils, dissolution of minerals and long term strength of geomaterials, atomic force microscopy studies of intergranular contact, erosion and dissolution rigger mechanisms of landslide, and nuclear waste disposal in clays/soil thermo-mechanics.

Faculty: Tomasz Hueckel

Structural Dynamics and the Seismic Response Control Laboratory

The primary research activity at the Structural Dynamics and Seismic Response Control Laboratory (SD-SRCL) addresses the protection of structural systems from earthquake hazards through the use of devices with controllable damping and stiffness properties. The approach taken by researchers at SD-SRCL focuses on the use of electrorheological (ER) and magnetorheological (MR) suspensions.

Faculty: Henri Gavin