Computational model of origami folds
Energy density concentration under different folding angles in Miura origami

Computational structural simulation involves development of mathematical models that describe the behavior of structural materials, components and systems. Research involves formulating governing equations that describe physical behaviors, creating methods to solve the numerically intensive problems, and developing advanced visualization tools to effectively and efficiently interpret the results.

Researchers within CSSL are exploring new technology along all three fronts, with particular emphasis on grid computing technology, finite element analysis including meshless methods, constitutive modeling, macro-plasticity formulations, nonlinear solution techniques and virtual and augmented reality visualization methods. The overarching goal of CSSL is to investigate how new materials and technologies can be integrated to create innovative structural systems that mitigate the potentially catastrophic effects of extreme loading.

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