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2013-08-26 08:21:24

EDEN PRAIRIE, Minn., Aug. 26, 2013 /PRNewswire/ -- MTS Systems Corporation (NASDAQ: MTSC), a leading global supplier of high-performance test systems and position sensors, today announced the 30-year anniversary of a collaboration with Tongji University in Shanghai to support disaster-reduction research in civil engineering. Tongji University has conducted more than 900 seismic tests using MTS equipment to help reduce the effects of devastating earthquakes on structures such as...

Simulations Study Helping With Earthquake Dampers For Structures
2013-07-31 08:47:43

Purdue University Researchers have demonstrated the reliability and efficiency of "real-time hybrid simulation" for testing a type of powerful damping system that might be installed in buildings and bridges to reduce structural damage and injuries during earthquakes. The magnetorheological-fluid dampers are shock-absorbing devices containing a liquid that becomes far more viscous when a magnetic field is applied. "It normally feels like a thick fluid, but when you apply a magnetic...

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2010-11-22 09:42:53

The research, modeling an 8.0 quake in Southern California, was selected as a finalist for the Gordon Bell prize for outstanding achievement in high-performance computing applications A multi-disciplinary team of researchers has presented the world's most advanced earthquake shaking simulation at the Supercomputing 2010 (SC10) conference held last week in New Orleans. The research was selected as a finalist for the Gordon Bell prize, awarded at the annual conference for outstanding...

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2010-06-17 08:06:51

Third experiment in University of Nevada, Reno series uses innovative materials and construction After a succession of eight separate earthquake simulations, a 110-foot long, 200-ton concrete bridge model at the University of Nevada, Reno withstood a powerful jolting, three times the acceleration of the disastrous 1994 magnitude 6.9 Northridge, Calif. earthquake, and survived in good condition. "This is very satisfying to see how well the design and components worked," Saiid Saiidi, principal...

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2009-12-16 08:44:12

Sprays of dirt flew out of a soil box that held a retaining wall as it violently shook from a simulated 7.4 magnitude earthquake. The wall was put to test recently by engineers at the UC San Diego Englekirk Structural Engineering Center, which has the largest outdoor shake table in the United States.  During the first series of tests, led by Dawn Cheng, a UCSD engineering alumna and now a civil engineering professor at UC Davis, researchers investigated the seismic response of a...

2009-08-25 15:50:00

New hybrid technique is safer, far less expensive than shake table testsIt takes just seconds for tall buildings to collapse during powerful earthquakes. Knowing precisely what's happening in those seconds can help engineers design buildings that are less prone to sustaining that kind of damage.But the nature of collapse is not well understood. It hasn't been well-studied experimentally because testing full-scale buildings on shake tables is a massive, expensive and risky undertaking.That's...

2009-07-10 15:32:27

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. The researchers have put a seven-story wood building on the world's largest shake table, used to test the resistance of...

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2009-07-09 16:10:00

A destructive earthquake will strike a lone, wooden condominium in Japan next week, and Rensselaer Polytechnic Institute Professor Michael Symans will be on site to watch it happen.Symans is among the team of researchers who will converge in the Japanese city of Miki to perform the largest earthquake simulation ever attempted on a wooden structure. The multi-university team, led by Colorado State University,  has placed a seven-story building "” loaded with sensing equipment and...