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SHAKE TABLE LABS

SHAKE TABLE LABS

Large platforms that can be shaken dynamically by computer-controlled actuators.

Three of the NEES laboratories located at University of Nevada, Reno, University of California, San Diego and University of Buffalo provide large…

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TSUNAMI WAVE BASIN LABS

TSUNAMI WAVE BASIN LABS

Large, precisely constructed water basin.

Oregon State University is home to the NEES Tsunami Wave Basin. This consists of a large, precisely constructed water basin…

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GEOTECHNICAL CENTRIFUGES LABS

GEOTECHNICAL CENTRIFUGES LABS

Use geotechnical centrifuge to study soil-related issues

Researchers use a geotechnical centrifuge to study soil-related issues associated with bridge and building foundations, embankments, slopes, shorelines, retaining walls,…

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FIELD EXPERIMENTATION & MONITORING LABS

FIELD EXPERIMENTATION & MONITORING LABS

Used to study behavior of building structures and soils during actual or simulated earthquakes.

University of Texas, Austin,  University of California, Los Angeles and University of California, Santa Barbara provide mobile or field-installed test equipment…

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LARGE-SCALE LABORATORY EXPERIMENTATION LABS

LARGE-SCALE LABORATORY EXPERIMENTATION LABS

Used to apply dynamic earthquake forces on large model infrastructure.

Large indoor testing facilities allow researchers to apply dynamic earthquake forces on large models of building structures, bridges, and other…

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The NEES Sites Network 


NEES is proud to manage, operate, and maintain a unique national infrastructure on behalf of the National Science Foundation's NEES Program.

The infrastructure includes a system of fourteen shared experimental facilities that fall into five general categories, each enabling researchers to explore a different aspect of the complex way that soils and structures behave as a result of earthquakes and tsunamis.

What is a NEES Site? 

 

An Equipment site is one of the fourteen NEES equipment sites supported by NSF under the NEES Operations award to Purdue University. The responsibilities of the sites revolve around the support of new and existing research projects.

 

NEES Experiment Facilities

Happening Right Now 

  • Capstone Experimentation in the NEES Grand Challenge Project on the Seismic Response of Nonstructural Systems

    The capstone experimentation in the NEES Grand Challenge Project 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 test bed construction at UNR has been completed and the construction of the nonstructural systems is in the final stages of completion. For more information, visit this site.