BUFFALO, N.Y. -- A magnitude 7.0 earthquake will strike at the
University at Buffalo on May 18 as researchers conduct tests on a
70-ton, 60-foot-long concrete bridge in the university's massive
Structural Engineering and Earthquake Simulation Laboratory
See a video clip of a preliminary test at http://seesl.buffalo.edu/projects/accelbridge/video.asp
WHEN AND WHERE: At 10 a.m. on Tuesday, May 18 on the first floor
of Ketter Hall on UB's North Campus.
Researchers from UB and MCEER (formerly the Multidisciplinary
Center for Earthquake Engineering Research) will provide a brief
project overview. They will then conduct two powerful earthquake
tests on the half-scale bridge, which has been erected across UB's
twin shake tables.
The UB seismic test, funded by the Federal Highway
Administration, will be the largest bridge specimen ever tested on
a shake table and will incorporate a rapid and cost-effective
construction method called Accelerated Bridge Construction
Hundreds of bridges have been built around the U.S. using this
speedy, new construction method, but questions remain about how
such bridges might perform under earthquake conditions in
California or other seismically active regions.
The concern is that these bridges are basically concrete boxes
held together by steel tendons (cables) that potentially could snap
during an earthquake.
For the past two weeks, the UB/MCEER researchers have been
subjecting the bridge to increasingly powerful simulated
On May 18, it will undergo its most powerful seismic test.
UB's unique Structural Engineering and Earthquake Simulation
Laboratory, with its twin, relocatable shake tables, is likely the
only place in the nation that could perform this kind of test. It
demonstrates the unique ability of UB and MCEER to develop and
evaluate technological innovations that are increasingly critical
in addressing the nation's aging infrastructure, especially
advances that can save time and money.
Since 1992, UB and MCEER have attracted more than $30 million in
Federal Highway Administration contracts.
Great visuals. Great infrastructure story.
For press arrangements, please contact Ellen Goldbaum in the UB
Office of University Communications at 716-645-4605 and
firstname.lastname@example.org or 716-771-9255 onsite.