July 10, 2009
Researchers to simulate massive quake
The largest earthquake simulation ever performed on a wood building could yield data on how to protect homes and apartments, U.S. and Japanese engineers said.
Researchers from Rensselaer Polytechnic Institute, Troy, N.Y., are to participate in the July 14 simulation, to be shown live from Miki, Japan, in a webcast at www.nsf.gov/neeswood, the school said in a release.
Results from sensing equipment and cameras should yield data that will allow researchers to develop computer models of mid-rise wood buildings, Symans said.
Right now, wood can't compete with steel and concrete as building materials for mid-rise buildings, partly because we don't have a good understanding of how taller wood-framed structures will perform in a strong earthquake, he said.