NSF Webcast: Testing for Earthquakes, Inside and Out
From an elevator to hospital beds, shake-table test will subject a five-story building's inner workings to severe motions from record-setting earthquakes
View a webcast with Tara Hutchinson and Jose Restrepo of UCSD and Joy Pauschke of NSF's NEES program.
On April 17, 2012, an NSF-supported team of researchers will shake a full-size building outfitted with the myriad, inner workings of modern life.
From elevators to ceiling tiles, hospital equipment to computer servers and wiring to pipes, numerous non-structural elements will be tested as a five-story concrete building shakes from the motions of the devastating 1994 Northridge earthquake and the 2010 Chile earthquake."
The testing will take place atop the outdoor shake table at the Englekirk Structural Engineering Center at the University of California, San Diego (UC San Diego), part of NSF's 14-site national Network for Earthquake Engineering Simulation. Reporters can attend on-site or participate in a follow-on Q&A webcast hosted by NSF that afternoon.
To attend the shake, contact UC San Diego media officer Ioana Patringenaru at (858) 822-0899 or email@example.com for instructions and guidelines. We ask that media RSVP for the on-site event by noon April 16. To participate in the NSF Q&A webcast with study leads Tara Hutchinson and Jose Restrepo, along with NSF NEES program manager Joy Pauschke, contact NSF media officer Josh Chamot at (703) 292-7730 or firstname.lastname@example.org to receive the webcast participant passcode and phone number. Submit questions before and during the webcast to email@example.com.
More information about the project, including upcoming fire tests, can be found at the project's website. Also see a short documentary film about the test produced by UCSD-TV and the California Seismic Safety Commission.
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