Rimas Vaicaitis

Renwick Professor Emeritus of Civil Engineering

Email: vaicaitis@civil.columbia.edu



Research Areas

Random Vibrations, Structural Dynamics, Structural Acoustics, Fatigue.


B.S., 1967, M.S., 1968, Ph.D., 1970, University of Illinois, Urbana-Champaign

Rimas Vaicaitis is an expert in vibrations and structural dynamics. He is the Director of the Guggenheim Air Flight Structures Institute at Columbia University. He holds a patent for an acoustic guide to noise-transmission testing of aircraft. His current research interests are the nonlinear dynamic response of composite panels and sonic fatigue of thermal surface protection systems of high speed aircraft, transmission of structure-borne noise, nonlinear response and noise-transmission of double wall sandwich panels and shells, and passive and active control. In addition, he has studied the response of tall buildings to wind loading, random motion of suspension bridges subject to buffeting and self-excited wind loads, structural reliability of building window panels, dynamic analysis of fixed offshore structures subjected to wind generated waves, crack growth prediction, and random processes for earthquake applications.


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