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K'NEX Earthquake Engineering Program for 4th & 6th Grade Students
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13 Dec 2012 | Learning Objects | Contributor(s): Heidi Tremayne (Faison)
The Pacific Earthquake Engineering Research Center (PEER) and nees@berkeley, an equipment site of the George E. Brown, Jr. Network for Earthquake Engineering Simulation at the University of...
Introduction to Dynamics of Structures
13 Jan 2011 | Learning Objects | Contributor(s): Shirley Dyke
The purpose of this experiment is to introduce students to principles in structural dynamics through the use of an instructional shake table. Natural frequencies, mode shapes and damping ratios...
Transfer Function Iteration Algorithm
The transfer function iteration algorithm (implemented in matlab here) is commonly used to control a shake table, facilitating the reproduction of historical earthquake records. It is an iterative...
Earthquake-Resistant Bridge Competition for Introductory Engineer Students
This project is intended for entry level engineering students at either the freshman or sophmore level. It is appropriate for all engineering majors and is intended as a potential recruitment tool...
Demonstration of Lateral-Torsional Coupling in Building Structures
The effect of lateral-torsional coupling in building structures due to non-coincident centers of mass and of rigidity will be demonstrated through a small scale one-storey, one bay by one bay...
Dynamic Behavior of Simple Soil-Structure Systems
The experiment involves constructing a "soil" column that supports one or more single degree of freedom (SDOF) structures.?The soil is modeled using several layers of foam rubber or soft rubber...
K-12 Outreach Activities in Earthquake Engineering
To better understand the way in which civil engineering structures respond to severe earthquakes, students will investigate the seismic behavior of two types of buildings, those made from masonry...
Shaking Table Demonstration of Dynamic Response of Base-Isolated Buildings
The objective of this experiment is to demonstrate the response of base-isolated buildings subjected to dynamic loading. A three-dimensional, one-story building frame will be designed and...
Earthquake Engineering Modules for K-12 Learning
13 Jan 2011 | Learning Objects | Contributor(s): Shirley Dyke, Kevin Z Truman
This document documents a teaching module containing a series of lessons that are appropriate for educating K-12 students in fundamental engineering principles. The lessons have been developed...
SDOF Experiment on Frequency Response Functions
13 Jan 2011 | Learning Objects | Contributor(s): NEES EOT
This is a teaching module from the UCIST - NEES partnership on structures for undergraduate students.
This module uses tele-participation and tele-operation for students from remote locations to...
SDOF Freshman Earthquake Engineering Introduction
MDOF Design of a Vibration Absorber
15 Oct 2010 | Learning Objects | Contributor(s): NEES EOT
The UC San Diego Webshaker is a live earthquake experiment conducted over the Internet. A live video broadcast and precise measurements from sensors located on the test structure are sent to you...
Structures Learning Module : Challenge
07 Sep 2010 | Learning Objects | Contributor(s): NEES EOT
Challenge: A new restaurant is being built in Northridge California. The proposed one story structure has an estimated mass of 1000 tons (106 kg), a natural frequency of 5 Hz, and a damping...
Structures Learning Module : Generating Ideas/Thoughts
Generating Ideas/Thoughts Write out your initial thoughts about each of these questions. This is an exercise to help you think about some of the big ideas you need to explore in a challenge like...
Structures Learning Module : Research and Revise
Research and Revise
One of the techniques used by engineers to minimize the effects of earthquakes is Linear Base Isolation (read more about base isolation by clicking on the...
Structures Learning Module : Test Your Mettle
Test your Mettle Activity 2: In this activity we will see how the damping ratio of base isolators relates to the maximum displacement of the structure. In the tool vary the damping ratio of the...
Earthquake in the Classroom
05 Aug 2010 | Learning Objects
Students will learn how engineers construct buildings to withstand damage from earthquakes by building their own structure with toothpicks and marshmallows. Students will test how earthquake-proof...
Leaning Tower of Pasta
Using spaghetti and marshmallows, students experiment with different structures to determine which ones are able to handle the greatest amount of load. Their experiments help them to further...
Students will be challenged to design and construct a tower out of newspaper. They will have limited supplies including newspaper, tape, and scissors since engineers are often restricted by...