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Demonstration of Lateral-Torsional Coupling in Building Structures
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13 Jan 2011 | Learning Objects | Contributor(s): Shirley Dyke
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...
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...
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...
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...
Introduction to Dynamics of Structures
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...
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...
K'NEX Earthquake Engineering Program for 4th & 6th Grade Students
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...
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...
Learning Modules for Shake Tables (UCIST)
07 Sep 2010 | Series | Contributor(s): Shirley Dyke
This collection of modules was produced as a result of the UCIST - NEES partnership.
MDOF Design of a Vibration Absorber
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...
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...
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Northridge 20: The 1994 Northridge Earthquake: Impacts, Outcomes, and Next Steps
SDOF Experiment on Frequency Response Functions
SDOF Freshman Earthquake Engineering Introduction
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...
Single Story Analysis Module 1
07 Sep 2010 | Series | Contributor(s): Sean Brophy, NEES EOT
See the Learning Objectives
The following challenge explores various issues and opportunities related to designing resilient structures to earthquake activity. You will be following a...
Stop the Stretching
Students will learn about composite materials, tension as a force and how they act on structural components through the design and testing a strip of plastic chair webbing. Click here to view the...
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...