Researchers to test steel buildings in earthquake conditions

12/14/2010 | Gazette (Johns Hopkins University), The

Researchers at Johns Hopkins University received a three-year, $923,000 grant from the National Science Foundation to study how earthquakes affect mid-rise, cold-formed steel buildings up to nine stories high. The grant will help them develop computer models and use shake tables to test how the buildings react to seismic events. "The old approach was to just make sure the building didn't fall down in an earthquake..." said lead researcher Benjamin Schafer. "Now, we're focusing on what you can do to bring it up to a higher level of performance to make sure that the building can still be used after an earthquake, when desired."

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