Research network Vulnerability of structures undergoing a natural or technological hazard Vulnérabilité des Ouvrages aux Risques (VOR)
Presentation Jacky Mazars, RNVO-VOR founder
VOR is a research network accredited and funded by the French Ministry of Research. It combines different laboratories in the Rhône-Alpes region and offers a wide spectrum of multidisciplinary competencies on natural and technological hazards.
To deal with the vulnerability of structures undergoing a natural or technological attack it is necessary to:
· Have a good understanding of hazards (size, release threshold, propagating conditions, site effects,...)
· Move forward on the formulation of its effect on structures (propagation, flow behavior, interactions with the obstacles)
In this framework VOR pursues research programs dedicated to :
· Understanding and modeling natural and technological phenomena and their effects on structures.
· Developing models and tools allowing the analysis of the physical vulnerability of constructions so as to act upon: - the design of new structures - the improvement of existing structures - the definition of protection structures - the repair of damaged structures
and thus provide help in engineering design in risk mitigation.