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A roughly 8.0 magnitude earthquake is applied to a conventional steel and concrete bridge.


To test the performance of the smart materials, a shake table test was conducted on columns constructed with each material. Here, a roughly 8.0 magnitude earthquake is applied to a conventional steel and concrete bridge. (The results were later compared to the data collected for the smart material tests.)

Credit: Dr. M. Saiid Saiidi, NEES@University of Nevada, Reno

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