Research


At ASDEA, one of our biggest strengths is the mutual collaboration between our design, rehabilitation, and research departments. Our projects benefit from the research carried out by our team members, as research topics often stem from actual needs identified while designing and rehabilitating structures.

ASDEA’s team members have national and international research experience at laboratories and institutions, which gives us a solid foundation of experience in a variety of fields, including:

SEISMIC ENGINEERING

Since its opening, ASDEA has collaborated with other research institutions to research seismic engineering topics, particularly regarding the selection of seismic recordings aimed at analyzing the nonlinear dynamics of structures, the direction of motion, and the dynamic behavior of structures according to their damage.

MASONRY

The members of ASDEA have carried out numerous studies relating to the behavior of masonry structures. The most relevant research is on numerical modeling using equivalent frame, macro-modeling, micro-modeling, and the analysis of multi-scale homogenization.

COMPOSITE MATERIALS

The research carried out by ASDEA on composite materials is constantly developing and evolving in relation to ongoing needs identified while rehabilitating existing structures. Some of our early research topics in the field included:  the performance analysis of elements in reinforced concrete fiber-composite materials, stochastic analysis of fiber-composite laminates, and the analysis of the structural behavior of glass fiber tubes filled with concrete.

REINFORCED CONCRETE

The research conducted by our team on reinforced concrete has been applied in different sectors. For example, it has been applied to the analysis of constitutive materials and their application to ad-hoc software, in a comparison of experimental tests with numerical models, in a study of micro-models aimed at understanding the interaction between concrete and steel, and in a study of elements characterized by small imperfections and/or discontinuity with the theories of production mechanics.

DEVELOPMENT OF FINITE ELEMENTS AND DYNAMIC AND STATIC NON-LINEAR ANALYSIS

ASDEA team members continuously research the formulation of finite elements and their applicability to concrete structures and masonry because the analysis of complex structures often requires the analysis of different finite elements. In most of ASDEA’s research, dynamic and static non-linear analyses are used as they are essential for the determination of seismic demand and damage indices, the determination of fragility curves, and the evolution of the structural damage, among other things.

SOIL-STRUCTURE INTERACTION

Soil-structure interaction plays an important role in the field of earthquake engineering, although it is often overlooked at the design level. In collaboration with other companies, ASDEA has developed extensive research, both on the propagation of seismic waves in the ground and how they interact with the structure, and on seismic amplification due to the topography and stratigraphy of the soil.