And the Bridge Came Tumbling Down
8.0 magnitude indoor quake to test massive bridge
Researchers studying the effects of earthquakes will use an array of three enormous shake tables to rend a 110-foot-long test bridge. Part of the National Science Foundation (NSF) George E. Brown Jr. Network for Earthquake Engineering Simulation (NEES), the University of Nevada, Reno, facility will be the first in the world to test a four-span bridge of this scale. The ultimate forces will reach twice the strength of the 1994 Northridge earthquake.
The bridge model can be viewed anytime at: http://tpm.ce.unr.edu/perl/portal.pl?section=local_video.
The actual tests on Feb. 15 may be seen at: http://nees.ce.unr.edu/telepresence/
More information on NEES is available at: http://www.nsf.gov/news/special_reports/nees/index.jsp
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