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RAP opportunity at National Institute of Standards and Technology     NIST

Testing and Analysis of Structural Systems with Enhanced Robustness


Engineering Laboratory, Materials and Structural Systems Division

opportunity location
50.73.11.C0406 Gaithersburg, MD

NIST only participates in the February and August reviews.


name email phone
Jonathan Weigand 301.975.3302


A robust structural system can withstand extreme loads and localized damage, such as the failure of a column, without widespread (or disproportionate) collapse. This research opportunity focuses on investigating and enhancing the robustness of structural systems commonly used in building construction in the United States. Opportunities exist for (1) experimental investigation of new steel and reinforced concrete connections with enhanced robustness against column loss; (2) development of experimentally-validated reduced-order computational modeling approaches that enable analysis of complete structural systems; and (3) extension of experimental results to the low- and high-cycle fatigue loading regimes relevant to earthquakes and synoptic windstorms, respectively.

key words
Robustness; Disproportionate collapse; Connections; Experimental; Large-scale testing; Extreme loads; Gravity frames; Moment frames; Earthquakes; Windstorms;


Citizenship:  Open to U.S. citizens
Level:  Open to Postdoctoral applicants


Base Stipend Travel Allotment Supplementation
$82,764.00 $3,000.00
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