Dr Nikolaos Simos is organizing at the village of Drosopigi a two day scientific conference (August 10-11), in the memory of his dear friend and colleague at the Brookhaven National Laboratory, Aristodimos (Mike) Philippakopoulos. The conference starts with remarks by Dr. Simos, followed by greetings of Yiorgos. Kotoloulis, President, Drosopigiotes Association and Yiannis Tsigoulis, Mayor of Drosopigi.
The first session is dedicated to the life, scientific work and contribution of Aristodimos Philippakopoulos.
The second session’s theme is “Earthquake Studies and Nuclear Reactor Safety”. This session will focus on structural mechanics principles and their implementation into nuclear reactor, design, reactor safety considerations and development/enhancement of regulatory guidelines. The session encompasses a large part of Dr. Philippacopoulos research.
The third session is entitled “Seismic Waves, Site Response and Soil-Structure Interaction”.
Dr. Philippacopoulos devoted a major part of his scientific career in the study of dynamic soil-structure interaction as it pertains to the design of nuclear power plants, engineering characterization of seismic waves and the understanding of site response. His pioneering work will be celebrated through presentations on these very important topics by his peers.
The fourth session’s topic is “Physics – Geothermal – Wind”. Dr. Philippacopoulos has also put his mark in areas of engineering science other than the study of earthquakes. During the later stages of his career he conducted research in alternative energy sources such as geothermal and wind power and most recently in resilience of composite structures to high velocity impact. To celebrate the wide spectrum of his work, his colleagues will present topics from nuclear physics, to alternative energy sources and the physics of impact.
On the second day of the conference, the panel will discuss “the Evolution of the Empirical Techniques of Stone Master Builders and the Achieved Earthquake Resistant Design of their Structures”.
This special session is a tribute to the stone master builders of the region known as “Mastorohoria” with their empirical techniques used in the building of churches, stone arch bridges and other signature structures seen from their earthquake resistance point of view as they evolved through the years and survived the test of time in earthquake-prone areas.
This is session will form the bridge between the pioneering work in earthquake engineering of Dr. Philippacopoulos with the unique character of place expressed through the “art” of stone building.
More than 25 scientists from the United States, Greece, Germany, France and Turkey are expected to attend.