PEER-TSRP to Fund Six Seed Proposals

PEER has continuing funding from the State of California related to the seismic performance of transportation systems. This funding supports the Transportation Systems Research Program (TSRP), the purpose of which is to lessen the impacts of earthquakes on the transportation systems of California, including highways and bridges, port facilities, high-speed rail, and airports. In September 2017, PEER issued a request for proposals, Solicitation PEER TSRP 17-01 , for one- and two-year projects aligned with the current TSRP research priorities and vision.

In response to Solicitation PEER TSRP 17-01, 13 proposals for seed funding and 34 proposals for full funding were received. PEER thanks all the PI’s who submitted proposals. A seed project has a one year budget equal to or less than $50,000. These proposals received an expedited review by the Research Committee. Of the 13 seed proposals, the Research Committee has decided to fund the following 6 proposals:

Title: G1/G2: Towards multi-tier modeling of liquefaction impacts on transportation infrastructure
Principal Investigator: Brett Maurer, University of Washington
Amount: $48,795

Title: T4: High performance computing based distributed multi-layered city scale transportation network tool
Principal Investigator: Kenichi Soga, University of California, Berkeley
Amount: $49,984

Title: T6: Influence of vertical ground shaking on design of bridges isolated with friction pendulum bearings
Principal Investigator: Keri Ryan, University of Nevada, Reno
Amount: $45,031

Title: G3: Micro-inspired continuum modeling using virtual experiments
Principal Investigator: Jose Andrade, California Institute of Technology
Amount: $50,000

Title: T2: Fluid-structure interaction and Python scripting capabilities in OpenSees
Principal Investigator: Minjie Zhu, Oregon State University
Amount: $49,266

Title: G3: Implementation and validation of PM4Sand in OpenSees
Principal Investigator: Pedro Arduino, University of Washington
Amount: $46,023

Decision on the full proposals will be made by December 1, 2017.