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ELS Research Initiative
Since the materials library and structural behavior modeling capability of Extreme Loading® for Structures Software (ELS) is highly adaptable to new geometries and physical properties, structural behavior can be simulated long before resources are spent to conduct live-blast testing, construction, or entering into manufacturing commitments. Applied Science International, LLC (ASI) has partnered with several major universities, engineering firms, and government agencies to conduct research in areas such as:
- Blast analysis and design of columns, slabs, walls and windows.
- Research including high winds and wind-borne missile impacts to buildings.
- Progressive collapse.
- Engineering Demolition.
- Health monitoring of bridges and infra-structures linked to numerical analysis to evaluate new capacities.
- Corrosion of steel bars and its effect on structural capacity.
- Numerical analysis of buildings and bridges after strengthening using FRP or other materials.
- Analysis of buildings and bridges subjected to weakening under fire or corrosion.
- Brick and historical structures subjected to seismic, blast or impact loads.
- Analysis of furniture and block structures, like oil barrels, under seismic loads.
- Nonlinear dynamic analysis of structures under seismic action.
- Vulnerability assessment of structures subjected to high wind, blast loads, or seismic actions.
- Research including soil-structure interaction and underground structures assuming linear soil behavior.
- Analysis of structures and bridges subjected to impact loads,
- Design optimization and safety of electrical towers.
- The ability to add external material models (ELS 4.0), opens the door for an unlimited variety of materials and adds advanced factors like Strain Rate effects.
- The ability to add external loading enables users to apply any loading environment, like CFD tools that generate loading pressure.
- Linking the external loading and external material also opens the door for in-depth fire research.
- Improving the codes of practice for concrete and steel structures based on performance based design.
- Improving the codes of practice for pre and post-tensioning of RC structures.
- Collaborating with ASI on Government Research Solicitations.