Structural dynamics; Experimental and computational structural control; Development of strategies for protective systems of structures, buildings and bridges, with applications to collapse prevention
Dr. Reinhorn is credited with developing computational strategies for the analysis of buildings and bridges using advanced models in nonlinear mechanics with applications to base isolation and fluid or visco-elastic dampers. While the computational strategies were implemented in computer platforms which are used worldwide by select research user groups, the same strategies were used for the implementation and construction of award winning buildings in seismic areas subjected to multiple extreme loadings such as strong winds, earthquakes, and suddenly applied loads. The picture shows the award winning Torre-Mayor Tower in Mexico City, the tallest tower in Latin America, which was equipped with special energy dissipation devices using the computational strategies indicated above. Dr. Reinhorn is currently working on research and development of new theories and associated computational techniques for simulation of collapse of structures, and research on behavior and seismic protection of the integrity of components of electrical power grids. In addition, recent research was also dedicated to quantification of seismic resilience of networks of health care facilities, including transportation and communication networks and organizations governing them. Among other accomplishments are evaluations of super tall buildings using Mixed Lagrangian Formalism (MLF) and integrated optimal design of controlled structures.