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NEES@Oregon Tsunami Structure Challenge for Undergraduate Engineers

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NEES@Oregon Tsunami Structure Challenge for Undergraduate Engineers

The O.H. Hinsdale Wave Research Laboratory at Oregon State University held the Tsunami Structure Challenge laboratory experience November 8-12 for 250 first-year civil and construction engineering students. Initially developed for undergraduate engineering students, the Challenge is offered to all age groups and features construction of a shelter (using wood pieces) capable of withstanding tsunami waves, including one that would be generated by a magnitude 9 earthquake from the nearby Cascadia Subduction Zone. Teams of three-five students designed, built and tested the ability of small structures to withstand three tsunami wave conditions in the Large Wave Flume. The young engineers found the experience exciting and interesting as they learned about tsunami and earthquake engineering testing.