Regional Safety Engineering

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Professor: Kenjiro TERADA
Visiting Professor: Masaaki SAKURABA (Visiting)
Associate Professor: Shuji MORIGUCHI
Assistant Professor: Shinsuke TAKASE (Concurrent)
The rehabilitation from the severe natural disaster such as the Great Hanshin earthquake (Jan. 1995) and the Great East Japan earthquake (Mar. 2011) costs a lot with enormous time. For this reason, it is indispensable to verify the effects of damage prediction and preliminary measures to minimize the damage from possible disaster in future and to encourage quick recovery to a normal condition. Taking this objective into account, numerical simulation is a great powerful tool to satisfy the demand.
This division is devoted to providing the innovative ideas and technologies for improving the safety and durability of regional and urban areas, and the resilience against various kinds of disasters and hazards. For that purpose, we are developing multi-layered-coupled numerical simulation methods for multi-physics phenomena of structures, grounds and fluids, clarifying the mechanism of the degradation processes and strength responses, and developing optimal design techniques for practical disaster-prevention. 
In addition, we develop stereopsis visualization systems to intelligibly and effectively transmit the result of numerical simulation or existing information for disaster prevention: this plays a significant role in the practical disaster-prevention.
Fig.1 Structural analysis including failure            Fig.2 Topology optimization
Fig.3 Fluid-structure-ground coupled analysis         Fig.4 A simulation of slope disaster