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capstone experimentation in the NEES Grand Challenge Project on the Seismic Response of Nonstructural Systems   edit    delete

Category: Research
Description: The capstone experimentation in the NEES Grand Challenge Project on the Seismic Response of Nonstructural Systems will begin in November 2012, using a two-story test bed frame with tunable dynamic properties mounted on multiple shake tables at the University of Nevada, Reno (UNR).. The testing, under the direction of Principal Investigator Professor Manos Maragakis, who is also the Dean of the College of Engineering at UNR, will subject full-scale partitions, suspended ceilings, and sprinkler piping layouts, to earthquake motions. The tests are designed to investigate the system-level interactions of these nonstructural components under environments of high accelerations and/or large drifts.

Previously in the project, component-level testing was done on partitions, ceilings, and piping at the University at Buffalo, under the direction of Co-PI Professor André Filiatrault. In addition, a series of experimentally-based simulation and public policy studies have been completed or are in progress. NEES Nonstructural Technical Reports generated on project findings to date are available for download as PDFs.

The test bed construction at UNR has been completed and the construction of the nonstructural systems is in the final stages of completion. The first experiment is scheduled on November 27, 2012 and completion of the program is expected in early April 2013. Testing may be viewed by webcast. Details on precise schedules as test dates approach, and information on accessing web observation of the tests, will be available at:

To be emailed reminders of test dates and project updates, please send an email to with the subject line: Email List for Nonstructural Testing.
When: Monday 12 November, 2012, 8:00 am EST - 5:00 pm EST
Where: University of Nevada, Reno
  1. earthquake
  2. earthquake engineering
  3. Full Scale test
  4. nonstructural systems
  5. Shake Table Testing
  6. simulations
  7. Testbed
  8. webex
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