Earthquake Resistant Structures: Shake Table Testing of 6-Story Balsa Building Under Simulated Earthquake Ground Motions

Husam Najm (Civil and Environmental Engineering)

Are you intrigued by earthquakes? Are you curious about learning why some buildings collapse during an earthquake while others don’t? In this seminar we will learn about earthquakes and earthquake engineering, their history, their effect on buildings and bridges and on human life. We will explore the basics of structural engineering; structural materials that can best resist earthquake shaking, and what factors contribute to a safe design of buildings in seismic zones. This seminar/project will include two activities: 1) designing and constructing a 6-story building structure made of balsa wood to resist ground shaking. The structure will be about 5 ft high and will be placed on a 18inx18in shaker that will shake the structure simulating an earthquake event; 2) testing the balsa structure under various earthquake motions generated by the shaker, and 3) record the roof acceleration of each structure and compare the performance of the structures.

Course Number: 
01:090:101 section 67 index 10308