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CEEM Seminar Series | Pol D Spanos | Pragmatic Methods for Nonlinear Stochastic Structural Dynamics

October 27, 2023
2:30 PM - 3:30 PM
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Mudd Hall, 500 W. 120 St., New York, NY 10027 Room/Area: 644

Methods of stochastic analysis which can be used effectively for critical problems of nonlinear structural dynamics are discussed. A brief overview of relevant concepts of stochastic variables and processes is first undertaken. Next, attention is focused on the method of Monte Carlo simulation, auto-regressive-moving-average (ARMA) filtering, and the concept of surrogate (equivalent) systems, linear or nonlinear, for response determination of nonlinear systems. Several examples of application are given. Further, a recent treatment of a chronically challenging problem is presented. It pertains to the formulation of the method of statistical linearization for determining the response statistics of multi-degree-of-freedom dynamic systems subject to combined periodic/stochastic excitations. Finally, developing themes in the area of stochastic dynamics, such as fractional- differential-order models, are outlined.

Professor Spanios is a a Caltech alumnus with a Ph.D degree in Applied Mechanics and with minor I in Applied Mathematics and minor II in Business Economics; and with an MS degree in Civil Engineering . Also, he holds a 5-year diploma in Mechanical Engineering and Engineering Sciences for NTU in Athens, Greece. His interests are in the area of dynamical systems with emphasis on probabilistic (risk and reliability), non-linear, and signal-processing aspects; and with applications to structural-, aerospace- , offshore- , bio-, and materials- engineering.. He has supervised the MS theses of more than 75 students and the Ph.D. theses of more than 60 students. His research findings have been disseminated in more than 400 papers in archival journals, technical conferences, and industrial reports. He is Editor-in-Chief of the International Journal of Non-Linear Mechanics, and of the Journal of Probabilistic Engineering Mechanics. He is a Distinguished/ Honorary Member of both ASCE and ASME. He is a member of the academies NAE and AAAS (USA); and a corresponding/foreign member of NA/NAE of Hellas, Europe, Canada, China, India, and Russia. He is a Registered Professional Engineer (TX), and a Licensed CE/ME Engineer (GR) His work has been supported by NSF, DOE, ONR, AFOSR, NASA and by many industrial consortia. He has received numerous awards from NSF, ASCE, ASME, IASSAR, and Rice University (teaching prize). Since 1988, he holds the LB Ryon Endowed Chair in Engineering at Rice University in Houston, Texas.

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