Dr. Pablo A. Tarazaga
Assistant Professor at Virginia Polytechnic Institute and State Univ
SPIE Involvement:
Conference Chair | Editor | Author
Area of Expertise:
Vibrations , Structural health monitoring , modeling , Smart Materials , wave propagation , testing
Profile Summary

Research / Areas of Interest

Structural Mechanics, Dynamics and Control, Smart Infrastructure, Intelligent Material Applications, Structure Acoustic Interactions, Power/Energy Harvesting, Visual Suppression

My research focuses on the general areas of structural dynamics, vibration, control, testing, adaptive structures and smart materials.

Structural Dynamics

Our work focuses on several aspects of structural dynamics such as modeling, vibration suppression, vibro-acoustics, nonlinear systems, control, testing and validation. Our work strongly focuses on bridging the theoretical and experimental field in order to provide well-validated and trustworthy systems. Our testing labs feature several distinct capabilities such as 3D laser non-contact measurements, non-contact excitation, high-bay labs, overhead cranes, temperature-controlled vacuums, and ground isolation platforms.

Key words: Model Updating, Model Reduction, Experimental Modal Testing, Modal Analysis, Model Validation

Adaptive Structures

By adaptive structures we refer to structures that have the ability to adapt, evolve or change their properties or behavior in response to the environment around them. Much of this work is accomplished with domain-coupled material such as piezoceramics and shape memory alloys and use much of the techniques we use in structural dynamics to achieve, for example, high precision control and structure integration in a native way. This takes in the Vibrations, Adaptive Structures and Testing (VAST) Laboratory directed by me.

Key words: Structural Health Monitoring (SHM and NDE), Control, bio-inspired concepts, smart material integration, PZT, Shape memory alloys

Smart Infrastructure

As founder and co-Director of the Virginia Tech Smart Infrastructure Laboratory this area of work focuses on research in topics that utilize sensor information to improve the design, monitoring and daily operation of civil and mechanical infrastructure as well as to investigate how humans
Publications (15)

SPIE Conference Volume | 4 May 2017

Proceedings Article | 19 April 2017
Proc. SPIE. 10169, Nondestructive Characterization and Monitoring of Advanced Materials, Aerospace, and Civil Infrastructure 2017
KEYWORDS: Safety, Dielectrics, Inspection, Time metrology, Transducers, Structural health monitoring, Microsoft Foundation Class Library

Proceedings Article | 17 April 2017
Proc. SPIE. 10162, Bioinspiration, Biomimetics, and Bioreplication 2017
KEYWORDS: Mechanics, Organisms, Wave plates, Kinematics, Robots, Biomimetics, Wave propagation, Aluminum, Intelligence systems, Smart materials

Proceedings Article | 17 April 2017
Proc. SPIE. 10162, Bioinspiration, Biomimetics, and Bioreplication 2017
KEYWORDS: Microelectromechanical systems, Sensors, Electrodes, Amplifiers, Control systems, Platinum, Ear, Velocity measurements, Acoustics, Feedback control, Signal detection, Nonlinear control

Proceedings Article | 13 April 2017
Proc. SPIE. 10168, Sensors and Smart Structures Technologies for Civil, Mechanical, and Aerospace Systems 2017
KEYWORDS: Foam, Sensors, Signal attenuation, 3D modeling, Buildings, Finite element methods, Aluminum, Smart structures, Computer aided design, Algorithm development, Vibration isolation, Gait analysis, Prototyping, Information security, Solid modeling

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Conference Committee Involvement (1)
A Tribute Conference Honoring Daniel Inman
29 March 2017 | Portland, Oregon, United States
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