Structural Testing of Earthquake Resistant Shear Walls

architectural illustration of typical shear wall construction.

Structural shear walls will be tested in the Structural Engineering and Earthquake Simulation Laboratory to understand the benefits of an earthquake retrofit technique.

Project description

Structural shear walls will be tested in the Structural Engineering and Earthquake Simulation Laboratory to understand the benefits of an earthquake retrofit technique. This opportunity is for students who are interested in gaining experience in experimental methods in structural engineering: with instrumentation, testing and data analysis. The undergraduate student will work on a subset of data from this testing.

Project outcome

The specific outcomes of this project will be identified by the faculty mentor at the beginning of your collaboration. 

Project details

Timing, eligibility and other details
Length of commitment To be determined by student/mentor
Start time Fall, Spring, Summer
Level of collaboration To be determined by student/mentor
Benefits Academic Credit, Volunteer
Who is eligible Interest in experimental research and hands on work
Goldwater and the National Science Foundation

Students participating in this project might be interested in and eligible for the Goldwater Scholarship and the National Science Foundation Graduate Research Fellowship. Connect with the Office of Fellowships and Scholarships to learn more.

Project mentor

Pinar Okumus

Assistant Professor

Civil, Structural, and Environmental Engineering

222 Ketter Hall

Phone: (716) 645-4356

Email: pinaroku@buffalo.edu

Start the project

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Fulfilling Academic Major/Minor Requirements

If you are planning to use this project to satisfy program requirements for your academic major or minor, it is your responsibility to obtain approval from your academic department prior to beginning the project. 

Preparation activities

The specific preparation activities for this project will be customized through discussions between you and your project mentor. Please be sure to ask them for the instructions to complete the required preparation activities.