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Cold-formed steel rebuilds earthquake-resistant architecture

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Researchers in front of the Big Blue Baby machine

Researchers in front of the Big Blue Baby, a machine used to study cold-formed steel specimens. Right to left: Ph.D. student Kara Peterman, Johns Hopkins University engineering professor Benjamin Schafer and Luiz Vieira (former Ph.D. student on Schafer's team, currently assistant professor at the University of New Haven).

Credit: Will Kirk/Homewoodphoto.jhu.edu

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Video of a recent shake test using model above.

Video of the recent shake test. "We took advantage of these shake tables and built a cold-formed steel building on top of them," writes Peterman. "Crazy as this sounds, it worked."

Credit: Kara Peterman, Johns Hopkins University


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