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University of Connecticut School of Engineering Damage Modeling and Disaster Mitigation Laboratory (DM2L)

Dr. Wei Zhang
Welcome to our lab! The Damage Modeling and Disaster Mitigation Laboratory (DM2L) is led by Dr. Wei Zhang. Hope you can find some useful information here. If you are interested in our research work, please feel free to contact us.

About Our Research

The research topics in DM2L are interdisciplinary by nature, spanning over structural dynamics, fluid mechanics, finite element analysis, solid mechanics, and structural reliability. Our research interests originate from structural dynamics, which includes fluid-structure interactions, structural vibrations, fatigue damages, and energy harvest from structural vibrations. Our long-term goal is to develop effective methodologies for life-cycle performance design, diagnosis, and rehabilitation of structural systems, which integrate extreme event and load modeling, risk and reliability analysis, life-cycle performance design, progressive damage inspection, monitoring, and rehabilitation to develop resilient and sustainable infrastructural systems.

Our research group keeps looking for talented and self-motivated graduate research assistants to join in pursuing their Ph.D. and M.S. degrees within the Department of Civil and Environmental Engineering at University of Connecticut. Undergraduate research assistants are also welcome to participate our research acitivities.

Our research interests include:
      1. Coastal multi-hazards: wind and flood;
      2. Multi-scale damage analysis: damage modeling, fatigue and fracture;
      3. Wind engineering: wind induced vibration, computational fluid dynamics;
      4. Energy Harvesting: wind/wave/vibrational energy harvesting.
      5. Structural Reliability and Risk Analysis.


Dr. Wei Zhang, director of DM2L, is an Assistant Professor in the Department of Civil and Environmental Engineering. Prior to this, Dr. Zhang was a senior structural engineer in Technip USA Inc.   after he obtained his Ph.D. degree in Civil Engineering from Louisiana State University (LSU). At Technip, he worked on design of offshore floating structures (spar) under extreme wave and wind loads. His work at LSU mainly focused on developing a vehicle-bridge-wind interaction framework for assessing fatigue damage of bridges in traffic-wind combined environments including extreme hurricane wind events. In addition, he also got involved in the progressive failure analysis of low rise buildings under hurricane wind loads. Prior to Technip and LSU, his research and study in the National Key Laboratory for Civil Engineering at Tongji University , China mainly focused on fluid mechanics and wind engineering. He used Particle Image Velocimetry (PIV) wind tunnel testing and computational fluid dynamic (CFD) simulations to study wind-structure interactions. He was involved in several wind tunnel experiments for mitigating wind induced vibrations of long span bridges. 
Dr. Wei Zhang

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