Monday May 17, 2021
7:30am – 3:00pm Pacific time


7:30am - 9:00am


Moderator: Ramin Motamed


Opening remarks (10 min)

  • Ramin Motamed (University of Nevada Reno)

Welcoming remarks (10 min)

  • Todd Lapointe, Deputy Associate Under Secretary for Environment, Health & Safety Office of Environment,
    Health, Safety & Security (DOE)

Briefing on the DOE Natural Hazards Mitigation Program (15 min)

  • Sharon Jasim-Hanif (DOE)

Seismic Analysis Capabilities Supporting DOE Missions (30 min)

  • David McCallen (University of Nevada Reno and Lawrence Berkeley National Laboratory)

Nonlinear Seismic Fragilities for Use in Seismic Performance Assessments (25 min)

  • Michael Salmon (Los Alamos National Laboratory)

9:15am - 11:00am


Moderator: Ian Buckle


Design of a Large-Scale, Biaxial Soil Box and Shake Table for Seismic Soil-Structure Interaction Studies (25 min)

  • Sherif Elfass (University of Nevada Reno)

Opportunities for Improving the Seismic Safety of Critical DOE Facilities through Large Scale Shake Table Testing Combined with High-Fidelity Numerical Simulations (25 min)

  • Payman Tehrani (SC Solutions, Inc.)

Advanced Numerical Modeling of a Large-Scale Soil-box for Experiments in Soil-Structure-Interaction (25 min)

  • Denis Istrati (University of Nevada Reno)

Research to Improve Seismic Provisions for Foundation Stiffness and Damping as Applied in Engineering Practice (25 min)

  • Jonathan Stewart (University of California Los Angeles)

11:15am - 12:30pm


Moderator: David McCallen


Advances in Full Fidelity Soil-Structure-Fluid Interaction Simulation for Nuclear Structures (25 min)

  • Greg Mertz (Costantino and Associates)

New Trends in Numerical Modeling of Seismic Soil-Structure-Interaction (25 min)

  • Youssef Hashash (University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign)

Validation Testing for Earthquake Soil Structure Interaction Modeling and Simulation (25 min)

  • Boris Jeremic (University of California, Davis)

12:45pm - 2:25pm


Moderator: Khalid Mosalam


Modeling the Seismic Response of Spent Nuclear Fuel in Dry Storage (25 min)

  • Nicholas Klymyshyn (Pacific Northwest National Laboratory)

Design Verification of Large Scale Laminar Soil Box (25 min)

  •  Jenna Wong (San Francisco State University)

Shake Table Tests for Validation of Numerical FSI Models of Advanced Reactors (25 min)

  • Faizan Ul Haq Mir (State University of New York at Buffalo)

Equipment Isolation in Advanced Nuclear Power Plants (25 min)

  • Kaivalya Lal (State University of New York at Buffalo)

E-Defense Shaking Table Test of 3-Story R/C Frame Structure with Pile Foundation (25 min)

  • Koichi Kusunoki (University of Tokyo)
2:25pm - 2:30pm Closing Day 1 concluding remarks, Ramin Motamed (5 min)

Tuesday May 18, 2021
7:30am – 2:30pm Pacific time


7:30am - 9:00am


Ramin Motamed


Briefing on the DOE Nuclear Safety Research and Development Program (15 min)

  • Patrick Frias (DOE)

Modeling Vertical Free-Field Motion for SSI Analysis Consistent with Vertical Design Motion Development (25 min)

  • Farhang Ostadan, (Bechtel Corporation)

The Different Phenomenology of Dynamic SSI for Buildings, Bridges and Power Plants: Numerical and In-Situ Full-Scale Tests (25 min)

  • Guido Andreotti (University School for Advanced Studies IUSS Pavia and EUCENTRE)

Dynamic Distributed Fiber Optic Strain Sensing for Lab Testing (25 min)

  • Matthew DeJong (University of California Berkeley)

9:15am -11:00am


Steve McDuffie


Investigating the Integrity of Buried Structures and Facilities During Earthquakes: Experimental Concepts for the Soil-Structure-Interaction Experimental Facility at UNR (25 min)

  • Yves Guglielmi (Lawrence Berkeley National Laboratory)

Assessing Kinematic Soil-Structure Interaction in Nuclear Power Plant Structures based on Field and Experimental Data (25 min)

  • Ramin Motamed (University of Nevada Reno)

Modeling Input Needs from Large-Scale Shake Table Testing – Case Study from Safety Analysis of a DOE Facility (25 min)

  • Mohamed Talaat (Simpson Gumpertz & Heger Inc)

Physical Modeling of Soil-Structure Systems in Unsaturated Soils: Challenges and Opportunities (25 min)

  • Majid Ghayoomi (University of New Hampshire)

11:15am -12:30pm



Amarnath Kasalanati


Results from Shaking Table Tests on Full-Scale Rail Embankments (25 min)

  • John McCartney (University of California San Diego)

LBNL NERSC Base Isolated Floor – Using Science to Protect Science (25 min)

  • Tim Hart (Lawrence Berkeley National Laboratory)

Model-in-the-loop Testing of a Base-Isolated Cylindrical Tank (25 min)

  • Sai Sharath Parsi (State University of New York at Buffalo)

12:45pm - 2:25pm



Mike Salmon


Advanced Instrumentation for Large-Scale Laminar Soil Box Shake Table Testing (25 min)

  • David McCallen (University of Nevada Reno and Lawrence Berkeley National Laboratory)

Distributed Fiber-Optic Sensing for Subsurface Vibration and Deformation Monitoring (25 min)

  • Elnaz Seylabi (University of Nevada Reno)

3D Effective Stress Analysis on Soil Behavior Around Closely Spaced Pile Group in Centrifugal Shaking Table Tests (25 min)

  • Yuta Nakagama (Tokyo Electric Power Services Co., Ltd.)

Virtual Tour of Large-Scale Shaking Table Facility at UNR to Study Soil-Structure Interaction Phenomenon (25 min)

  • Ramin Motamed (University of Nevada Reno)
2:25pm - 2:30pm Closing Day 2 concluding remarks, David McCallen (5 min)