Nevada Lab Shakes it Up for a Good Cause: Saving Lives
Where: UNR Earthquake Engineering Laboratory
When: July 08, 2015
What Time: Networking: 5:30-6:00 pm / Program: 6:00-7:30 pm
While earthquakes of incomprehensible magnitudes – 7s, 8s, and above on the Richter scale – happen only periodically in history, they occur with relative frequency on campus at the University of Nevada, Reno.
Or at least, simulations of such earthquakes occur. They’re happening in the Nevada Earthquake Engineering Lab, which houses the largest shake table array in the United States.
“Each of the four shake tables can carry a 50-ton payload, making it possible to carry out experiments on large-scale buildings and bridges to make them safer and remain useable following a strong earthquake,” said Ian Buckle, Professor and Director of Nevada’s Center for Civil Engineering Earthquake Research.
“In many cases, new construction technologies are developed involving smart materials and devices that greatly improve the resilience of our community to earthquakes.”
The laboratory is a new, 44,000-square-foot facility completed in June, 2014. Attendees of NCET’s Tech Wednesday at the Nevada Earthquake Engineering Lab will have the rare opportunity to tour the facility, including the 9,600-square-foot test floor. They will see the shake tables up close and visit the control room.
“High-caliber students and scholars come from round the world to study in this world-class facility, because it is one of a kind,” Buckle said. “Its national and international ranking also attracts and helps retain first-class faculty to teach and conduct research in the Department of Civil and Environmental Engineering of the College of Engineering.”
The Network for Earthquake Engineering Simulation is online at the http://nees.unr.edu website. Lots of photos!
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* $25 – non-members
* $10 – Children under 18 accompanied by parent or adult guardian
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