STATEMENT OF PURPOSE
BY: YAKUBU KASIMU GALADIMA
The primary focus of my research is in developing an innovative analysis tool to accurately predict the static and dynamic response of structures to loads. As design problems are becoming increasingly complex due to growing demand for more complex structural forms and safer structures, the traditional design method based on deterministic approach is becoming inadequate in providing the required level of confidence in predicting the structural response of structures. This is so because the deterministic method fails to realistically account for uncertainties or variability in loads, materials and modelling in the design process. Motivated by the need to overcome the inability of the deterministic approach to realistically account for these uncertainties in structural design, and owing to the stochastic nature of the randomness associated with the variables describing the loading and resistance of structures, I hope to develop a technique based on the theory of probability and stochastic procedure to quantify these uncertainties for subsequent inclusion in the response analysis of structural systems.
The core of my research interest is aimed at developing an efficient and effective tool that will increase the confidence in the design of structures. This approach will utilize a coupled stochastic dynamic non-linear finite element procedure and Monte Carlo Simulation technique to carry out reliability based design of structural systems.
My academic background in areas like computational structural response analysis (based on Finite Element Method), design of steel and reinforced concrete structures, advance offshore design, advance hydrodynamics and marine fluid dynamics are some of the active ingredients that have given me the necessary exposure to understand the aerodynamic and hydrodynamic response of structural systems. I also have practical experience with Finite Element Method as a tool for structural...