Masoud Sanayei is a leading researcher in the field of bridge structural health monitoring (SHM). In particular, he has worked on the implementation of bridge condition assessment using static and dynamic nondestructive test data in the presence of measurement and modeling errors. He has also developed bridge signatures, an innovative nonparametric probabilistic method using operational bridge responses due to daily traffic, for structural condition assessment. He has conducted a number of full-scale bridge static and dynamic nondestructive tests, modeling, and evaluations.
Sanayei is also an expert in building floor vibrations and structure-borne noise for human comfort, operation of sensitive equipment, and precision manufacturing. In recent years, the exploitation of air-rights construction has resulted in buildings being subjected to potentially disturbing vibrations and noise from urban rail lines and roadways. He has conducted a number of full-scale building floor vibration tests for impedance modeling and vibration predictions, including the Boston Convention Center, Hynes Convention Center, TD Garden, and the MIT Brain and Cognitive Science Center.
Masoud Sanayei's current research includes bridge finite element model updating for condition assessment; building floor vibration testing and impedance modeling for vibration mitigation; instrumentation, nondestructive testing of full-scale structures, data acquisition, and signal processing; finite element analysis and structural dynamics; and earthquake engineering.