Building 1604

CIPPS Laboratory

CIPPS is headquartered in a 16,000 sq. ft. facility on the East Gainesville Campus. The multidisciplinary center serves as the focal point for homeland security-related research at the University of Florida.




Numerical Facilities:

  • ABAQUS/Explicit and ABAQUS/Standard running on high-performance Intel Xeon based multi-processor/multi-core terminal servers. We operate, in-house, a 144 core Intel Xeon based supercomputer for simulation and results.
  • LS-DYNA running on Civil and Coastal Engineering supercomputer.

Software Development:

Dynamic Structural Analysis Suite (DSAS) was developed and is maintained by CIPPS. DSAS is capable of rapidly and accurately performing nonlinear dynamic analysis on a wide range of structural components such as reinforced concrete beams and slabs, steel beams, masonry walls, buried boxes, and wood panels using advanced SDOF- and MDOF- based approaches and has been distributed to several Department of Defense organizations. Currently, DSAS version 4.1 is under development.

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Testing Facilities:

Structural dynamics testing is performed at the Powell Family Structures & Materials Laboratory at the Department of Civil and Coastal Engineering. The lab, a large metal building around a concrete slab, covers nearly 9000 square feet and is tall enough to accommodate a 36-foot-tall crane hook. Structural testing under short duration dynamic loads can be performed on several devices at the laboratory. Advanced impact testing devices have been built with support from the National Science Foundation at the University:

14 ft. impact pendulumAn indoor impact pendulum consisting of a 14-foot-high steel frame capable of swinging weights up to 1600 pounds through an arc with a vertical drop height of up to 3.3 feet. (Click the image to view it in higher resolution).



7K lbs. drophammerSmall drophammerTwo indoor drop hammers with drop heights of up to 23 feet. One with variable weights between 100 and 900 lbs, and the other with 7000 lbs. (Click either image to view it in higher resolution).



A higher pendulum is scheduled to be built.

These testing devices are supported by:

  • A 64-channel high-speed data acquisition system (up to 2 mega-samples per channel per second).
  • High-speed video camera capable of recording 100,000 frames per second.