CURRENT PROJECT: Resilience, rigid long span shells and earthquake loading

Existing thin shell structures, such as Félix Candela’s shells (Mexico City, Mexico, 1958) and the Miami Marine Stadium (Miami, USA, 1967), have empirically proven to be extremely resilient while surrounding structures collapse under earthquakes and hurricanes. However, very little research has been performed to understand and exploit the excellent structural behavior of large span shell structures under extreme loads. Therefore, we develop methodologies for tailoring the form of shells to most effectively cope with extreme loads.