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Concrete Bridge Column Tests (Image 1)

June 10, 2010
Concrete Bridge Column Tests (Image 1) Test performed by Stephen Mahin of the University of California, Berkeley, Richmond Field Station, to study the properties of a concrete column using the National Science Foundation (NSF) Pacific Earthquake Engineering Research Center's (PEER) Earthquake Simulator. PEER is an NSF Earthquake Engineering Research Center, and is part of NSF's National Earthquake Hazard Reduction Program. [One of three related images. See Next Image.] (Date of Image: Oct. 27, 2000) More about this Image PEER researchers ways to reduce lossboth human and structural--from earthquakes. The federal government, the state of California and private industry provide funding for the center. Investigators from over twenty universities and several consulting companies conduct research in earthquake-related geohazard assessment, engineering seismology, risk management, public policy, geotechnical and structural engineering. PEER operates programs aimed at cost-effective reduction of earthquake losses, with emphasis in the following areas: understanding and mitigating the potential for collapse in older building construction so that major losses of life can be avoided; developing performance-based approaches for design of buildings and transportation and utility lifelines to provide life-safety protection for all construction; and protection of economic and functional objectives for essential facilities and operations.