Monday, September 20, 2010

Shake Testing today: Bridge Columns

Today's shake tests out at Englekirk start in about 30 minutes.

Update: follow the latest from the shake tests today on twitter:

A 24-foot tall bridge column will undergo a series of simulated earthquake tests up to a 7.0 magnitude, conducted by UC San Diego structural engineers, beginning on Sept. 20. The bridge column is modeled after those designed by CALTRANS over the last 15 years. It will be the first time engineers will test a full scale bridge column of this kind on an earthquake simulator. The engineers will test the seismic vulnerability of these bridge columns and to provide additional data for improving future designs.
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