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Award Abstract #0323862

Collaborative Research: Demonstration of NEES for Studying Soil-Foundation-Structure Interaction

NSF Org: CMMI
Div Of Civil, Mechanical, & Manufact Inn
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Initial Amendment Date: September 23, 2003
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Latest Amendment Date: January 10, 2005
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Award Number: 0323862
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Award Instrument: Continuing grant
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Program Manager: Mahendra P. Singh
CMMI Div Of Civil, Mechanical, & Manufact Inn
ENG Directorate For Engineering
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Start Date: September 15, 2003
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End Date: August 31, 2008 (Estimated)
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Awarded Amount to Date: $277,451.00
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Investigator(s): Mehdi Saiidi saiidi@unr.edu (Principal Investigator)
David Sanders (Co-Principal Investigator)
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Sponsor: Board of Regents, NSHE, obo University of Nevada, Reno
1664 North Virginia Street
Reno, NV 89557-0001 (775)784-4040
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NSF Program(s): Structural and Architectural E
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Program Reference Code(s): 1057, 1576, 9150, CVIS
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Program Element Code(s): 1637

ABSTRACT

The George E. Brown, Jr. Network for Earthquake Engineering Simulation (NEES) promises to change modes of inquiry, research, and practice in earthquake engineering. When it becomes operational in October 2004, NEES will facilitate a major improvement in research by integrating experimental and computational simulation. Through unparalleled experimental, computational, and information technology resources, NEES has the potential to revolutionize the way that earthquake engineers conduct research and implement results into practice. This collaborative project involves eighteen researchers from ten universities. As such, it provides an ideal opportunity for demonstrating and challenging the new NEES model for conducting research and also addresses one of the most critical needs in earthquake engineering today: improved knowledge of soil-foundation-structure interaction (SFSI). The research plan involves four primary components: (1) four complementary experimental programs which will investigate key aspects of SFSI, (2) refinement of computational simulation models for SFSI, (3) management of the data and metadata generated in the investigation, and (4) outreach to the earthquake engineering community.

Three of the four experimental programs will involve NEES Equipment Sites. The centrifuge tests will be

conducted at the University of California, Davis, the shaking table tests will be conducted at the University of Nevada, Reno, and the field tests will use the mobile equipment from the University of Texas at Austin. Structural tests will also be conducted at Purdue University. The integration of computational and experimental simulation is a key feature of NEES, and the computational models will be used to design the test specimens, develop the testing protocols, and evaluate the measured response. An important deliverable of the project is improved computational models for SFSI, calibrated from the experiments, in a form available for community use. Other important features of NEES are the curated data repositories and a collaborative research environment. The project team includes researchers from the NEES System Integration Project (NCSA for data management and CREW for collaborative tools). The project team will thereby test the tools being developed by the System Integrator and contribute to the development of enhanced data and metadata models. In addition, the project team is committed to working with members of the earthquake engineering community during this research project. All design documents, simulation models, simulation results, material properties, and measured data will be available to the community via web-based tools. Many of the experiments will be webcast in real time, and video clips from all experiments will be available. An effort will be made to encourage members of the community to submit comments and suggestions to the research team based on the preliminary research plan and to develop separate proposals to complement the proposed plan. A series of prediction competitions are also

planned to evaluate a variety of computational models. Two complete course modules for undergraduate courses will be developed based on the research. In addition, the project team will promote the project and discuss the results at appropriate meetings and conferences to generate interest and encourage participation among practicing engineers.

The broader impacts of the proposed research are extensive. By integrating the educational and research activities within the project, the team demonstrates a commitment to advancing discovery and understanding in earthquake engineering while promoting teaching, training, and learning at the undergraduate level. The research team is also committed to broadening participation of underrepresented groups. The research team comprises a diverse group of faculty with respect to technical expertise, educational philosophies, age, gender, and ethnicity. In addition, San Jose State University does not grant the PhD degree in civil engineering, therefore, these students will be exposed to opportunities not currently available at their host institution. The research team will also enhance the infrastructure for research and education by sharing all experimental, computational, and educational data developed as part of this

proposal. This information will be disseminated broadly to enhance scientific and technological understanding within the earthquake engineering community. The research team will also make a special effort to discuss the research results with engineers and decision makers in the state departments of transportation, thereby providing a mechanism for society to benefit from the results of the proposed research.


PUBLICATIONS PRODUCED AS A RESULT OF THIS RESEARCH

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Johnson, N., T. Ranf, M. Saiidi, D. Sanders, and M. Eberhard. "Seismic Testing of A Two-Span Reinforced Concrete Bridge," Journal of Bridge Engineering, ASCE, v.13, 2008, p. 173.

Johnson, N., M. Saiidi, and D. Sanders. "System Vs. Component Response of a Two-Span Reinforced Concrete Bridge System," Bulletin of Earthquake Engineering, Official Journal of the European Association for Earthquake Engineering, v.10518, 2008.

BOOKS/ONE TIME PROCEEDING

Johnson, N., Saiidi, M., and Sanders, D.. "Large-Scale Experimental and Analytical Studies of a Two-Span Reinforced Concrete Bridge System", 09/01/2006-08/31/2007, , Center for Civil Engineering Earthquake Research, Department of Civil Engineering, University of Nevada, Reno, Nevada, Report No. CCEER-06-02 2006, "University of Nevada, Reno, Nevada, Report No. CCEER-06-02, March 2006.".

Johnson, N., Ranf, R., Saiidi, M., Sanders, D., and M. Eberhard. "Shake Table Studies of a Two-Span Reinforced Concrete Bridge", 09/01/2006-08/31/2007, "Eighth US National Conference on Earthquake Engineering, Paper No. 1437, San Francisco, California",  2006, "Paper No. 1437, San Francisco, California, April 2006.".

Johnson, N., M. Saiidi, and D. Sanders. "Performance of a Large Scale Two-Span Bridge Model under Design Earthquake Motions", 09/01/2006-08/31/2007, "ASCE, Structural Engineering Institute, Structures Congress 2007 Proceedings, San Diego, California",  2007, "Structures Congress 2007 Proceedings, San Diego, California, May 2007".

Johnson, N., Saiidi, M., and Sanders, D.. "Large-Scale Experimental and Analytical Studies of a Two-Span Reinforced Concrete Bridge System", 09/01/2007-08/31/2008, , Center for Civil Engineering Earthquake Research, Department of Civil Engineering, University of Nevada, Reno, Nevada, Report No. CCEER-06-02 2006, "University of Nevada, Reno, Nevada, Report No. CCEER-06-02, March 2006.".

Johnson, N., Ranf, R., Saiidi, M., Sanders, D., and M. Eberhard. "Shake Table Studies of a Two-Span Reinforced Concrete Bridge", 09/01/2007-08/31/2008, "Eighth US National Conference on Earthquake Engineering, Paper No. 1437, San Francisco, California",  2006, "Paper No. 1437, San Francisco, California, April 2006.".

Johnson, N., M. Saiidi, and D. Sanders. "Performance of a Large Scale Two-Span Bridge Model under Design Earthquake Motions", 09/01/2007-08/31/2008, "ASCE, Structural Engineering Institute, Structures Congress 2007 Proceedings, San Diego, California",  2007, "Structures Congress 2007 Proceedings, San Diego, California, May 2007".

158 Johnson, N., M. Saiidi, and D. Sanders. "Analysis of the Shake Table Response of A Two-Span Bridge System", 09/01/2007-08/31/2008, "Proceedings, 2005 Asia-Pacific Network of Centers for Earthquake Engineering Research, Jeju, Korea",  2005, "Session III, Paper NE-9".

Johnson, N., M. Saiidi, and D. Sanders. "Aspects of Shake Table Studies of A Large-Scale, Two-Span Bridge", 09/01/2007-08/31/2008, "Proceedings, Earthquake Resistant Engineering Structures 6, International Conference, Bologna, Italy,",  2007, "Session on Bridges,".

Johnson, N., M. Saiidi, and D. Sanders. "Nonlinear Modeling of a Two-Span Reinforced Concrete Bridge Model from Pre-Yield through Failure Utilizing Contemporary Analytical Methods", 09/01/2007-08/31/2008, "Proceedings, Session TuM-8, 4th International Conference on Bridge Maintenance, Safety, and Management, Seoul, S. Korea",  2008, "8pp.".

 

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