Damage in Materials and Structures Lab

Research Methods - DAMS Lab

Welcome to Damage in Materials and Structures (DAMS) lab at North Dakota State University. In our lab, we specialize in the fundamental aspects of detection, diagnosis, prevention, characterization and modeling of damage in civil infrastructure. We address these problems by combining the experimental studies with computational methods and Artificial Intelligence. Our mission is “to perform transformational research to improve the safety, durability, resilience, and sustainability of 21st-century civil infrastructure”. Some problems of immediate interest to us are: 1) damage in steel structures subjected to any sequence or combinations of blast, corrosion, earthquakes, fatigue, fire, fracture and impact; 2) damage in additive manufactured steels subjected to rare thermo-mechanical-chemical loading events; and 3) design of microstructures for mass-producible damage resistant structural steels.


I am always looking for bright and motivated graduate students. If you are very passionate about research, have a positive outlook towards life and would like to pursue a long-term career in academia, please do not hesitate to contact me at ravi.kiran@ndsu.edu. Further details about openings in our lab can be found here.