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This collection of modules was produced as a result of the UCIST - NEES partnership.

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  • Shirley Dyke (2010), "Learning Modules for Shake Tables (UCIST)," https://nees.org/resources/929.

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  1. 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 for a small scale structure will be obtained experimentally through a series of tests. In the first test …

  2. Earthquake-Resistant Bridge Competition for Introductory Engineer Students

    13 Jan 2011 |
    Learning Objects |
    Contributor(s): Shirley Dyke

    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 to attract students to pursue fields related to the seismic design of bridges. Student teams design a …

  3. Transfer Function Iteration Algorithm

    13 Jan 2011 |
    Learning Objects |
    Contributor(s): Shirley Dyke

    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 approach that will update the command signal based on errors in the resulting earthquake record. This …

  4. Demonstration of Lateral-Torsional Coupling in Building Structures

    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 building model. The building model will be carefully designed in order to enhance the effects of …

  5. Dynamic Behavior of Simple Soil-Structure Systems

    13 Jan 2011 |
    Learning Objects |
    Contributor(s): Shirley Dyke

    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 sheets. Reinforcement is added to make the rubber deform as a shear beam when subjected to horizontal …

  6. K-12 Outreach Activities in Earthquake Engineering

    13 Jan 2011 |
    Learning Objects |
    Contributor(s): Shirley Dyke

    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 and those made from steel. The students will design and construct model buildings that will be tested …

  7. Shaking Table Demonstration of Dynamic Response of Base-Isolated Buildings

    13 Jan 2011 |
    Learning Objects |
    Contributor(s): Shirley Dyke

    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 constructed for the experiment. The structure will be tested in a conventional configuration in which the …

  8. 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 over the course of several years, expanded upon and refined. In principle, any of the modules could be …