The impact of a PEER funded research project "Meshfree Large-Strain Framework for Seismic Response of Ground-Structural Systems: Development and Open Source Tool" is highlighted below. The project Principal Investigators (PIs) are Ahmed Elgamal, Professor, UC San Diego and Jiun-Shyan (JS) Chen, Professor, UC San Diego. The research team includes Zhijian Qiu, Graduate Student Researcher, UC San Diego.
A wide range of practical applications will benefit greatly from this initial effort and potential future developments. The meshfree RKPM approach widens the user-base and horizon of applications for large-displacement and/or large-strain seismic response. Facilitated by the RKPM large-displacement and deformation response characteristics, more accurate consequences of strong shaking are paramount for performance-based engineering (PBE) assessments.