Training courses

 

 

Preparatory Course on Experimental Testing, Pavia, March 2010

The 1st Training Course of SERIES project was organized by EUCENTRE (Pavia, Italy), in conjunction with the other 6 facilities offering Transnational Access. It was a Preparatory Course focusing on the basics of experimental testing and the theoretical background. In particular, the following topics were covered: test instrumentation and acquisition systems, signal processing, testing systems (shake table, actuation, pumping, accumulators), and test strategy (test design according to the test system performances, test execution issues, mock up scale effects, data reduction and interpretation).

Dates: 17 – 19 March 2010

Place: EUCENTRE, Pavia, Italy

Topic: Basics of experimental testing and theoretical background

Audience: Research and technical personnel from other research infrastructures in the project, or from external ones, as well as new users

Registration fee: Free of charge

Course presentations (click on title to download)

Module I: Design of data acquisition systems (Prof. G. Magenes)

Module I: Test instrumentation (Prof. S. Ramat)

Module I: Computer vision in experimental testing (Dr. F. Lunghi)

Module IV: Test systems, part 1 (Prof. J.C. Queval)

Module IV: Test systems, part 2 (Prof. J.C. Queval)

Module IV: Test systems, part 3 (Prof. J.C. Queval)

Module II: Basics of signal processing (Dr. C. Casarotti)

Module III: Signal processing lab (Dr. C. Casarotti)

Module V: Design of specimen (Dr. L. Dihoru)

Module VI: Testing strategy (Prof. A. Pavese)

Video records of the presentations can be found here 

Course Programme (click to download)

Breakdown of attendees (31 in total)

  

Preparatory Course on Pseudodynamic Experimental Testing, Ispra, November 2010

Course overview: The 2nd Training Course of the SERIES project was organized by the JRC. It was a preparatory course focusing on the basics of Pseudo-Dynamic (PsD) experimental testing and theoretical background. In particular, the following topics were covered: the classical and continuous PsD method, PsD substructuring and hybrid testing, controller systems, applicability of the PsD method, telepresence and photogrammetry. The course also included a hands-on experimental example test.

Dates: 10 – 12 November 2010

Place: JRC, Ispra, Italy

Topic: Basics of  Pseudo-Dynamic (PsD)  Experimental Testing and Theoretical Background

Audience: SERIES Transnational Access users, research and technical personnel from other research infrastructures in the SERIES project, or from external ones

Registration fee
: Free of charge 

Course Programme (click to download)
 



Course presentations
(click on title to download)

1.  Course Introduction (G. Magonette)

2.  Pseudo-Dynamic Testing: History and JRC Contribution (G.Magonette, P.Pegon, J.F. Molina)

3.  Conventional and Continuous PsD Testing (J.F. Molina)

4.  Hardware and Testing System (G. Magonette)

5.  PsD Substructuring and Hybrid Testing (P.Pegon)

6.  PsD Method Applicability (J.F. Molina)

7.  Laboratory Tests (F.Marazzi, A.Bosi)

8.  PsD Test Quality Assessment (J.F. Molina)

9.  Telepresence (P. Pegon)

10. Photogrammetry (P. Caperan)



Breakdown of attendees
(21 in total)

Preparatory Course on Seismic Qualification, Bristol, January 2011

An overview of the seismic qualification process, from assessing the need, through developing the qualification specification, to conducting a typical seismic qualification test was presented at the course. Seismic qualification usually involves the shaking of a full-scale prototype on an earthquake shaking table. Alternative methods include qualification by numerical analysis or by reference to databases of previously qualified equipment. This course focused on the physical testing methodology, providing a general overview of the process, its objectives, commonly adopted standards, and key technical issues to be aware of. The course included a demonstration of a full seismic qualification test programme on the earthquake shaking table at Bristol University.

Dates: 11 – 12 January 2011

Place: University of Bristol, Bristol, UK

Topic: Seismic qualification

Audience: SERIES Transnational Access users, research and technical personnel from other research infrastructures in the SERIES project, or from external ones

Registration fee: Free of charge



Course Presentations (click on title to download)
 

1. Introduction to Seismic Qualification (Prof. Colin Taylor, Univ. of Bristol)

2. Introduction to Response Spectra and Signal Shaping (Prof. Colin Taylor, Univ. of Bristol)

3. Secondary Response Spectra (Prof. Colin Taylor, Univ. of Bristol and Paul Johnston, Atkins)

4. Seismic Qualification Test Protocols, Standards and Methodology (Chris Stone, TRaC Global Limited)

5. Developing a Seismic Qualification Test Programme (Dr Adam Crewe, Univ. of Bristol)

6. Typical Project Documentation (Dr Adam Crewe, Univ. of Bristol)



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Preparatory Course on Physical Modelling in Centrifuge Tests, IFSTTAR, March 2011

Course overview: This training course of the SERIES project was organized by IFSTTAR and UCAM. It was a preparatory course focusing on seismic centrifuge tests. In particular, the followings topics were covered: similitude laws, experimental facilities (centrifuge, shaker, boxes), model making techniques, soil characterisation and data acquisition. Previous experimental results were illustrated. In addition to the presentations, a visit of the IFSTTAR centrifuge and a demonstration test was organized. 

Date: 3-4 March 2011

Place: IFSTTAR, Bouguenais, France

Topic: Basics of modelling for seismic centrifuge tests

Audience: SERIES Transnational Access users, research and technical personnel from other research infrastructures in the SERIES project, or from external ones.

Registration fee: Free of charge


Course presentations (click on title to download)

1. The earthquake simulator Actidyn QS 80 (Jean-Louis Chazelas) 

2. Similitude laws in centrifuge modeling (Sandra Escoffier)

3. Soil characterization (Sandra Escoffier)

4. Sample preparation (Sandra Escoffier)

5. Seismic centrifuge modelling - examples (S. Escoffier, J.L Chazelas)

6. Principles of centrifuge modeling (Gopal Madabhushi)

7. Application of centrifuge modeling (Gopal Madabhushi)

8. Facilities at University of Cambridge (UCAM) (Gopal Madabhushi)

9. Saturation of sands with viscous fluids (Gopal Madabhushi)

10. Model containers in Dynamic Centrifuge Modelling (Gopal Madabhushi)

11. Instrumentation & Data Acquisition (Gopal Madabhushi)

12. Signal Processing Techniques (Gopal Madabhushi)


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Preparatory Course on Shaking Table Tests, Saclay, 25 January 2012

Date: 25 January 2012

Place: CEA, Saclay, FR (EMSI laboratory, CEA Saclay, building 603, 91191 Gif sur Yvette, France)

Topic: Shaking table tests

Audience: SERIES Transnational Access users, research and technical personnel from other research infrastructures in the SERIES project, or from external ones 

Registration fee: Free of charge


Agenda: Click here to download


Course Presentations (click on title to download)

1. CEA Shaking Table Control Strategy and Test Sequence (A. Le Maoult)

2. Use of Digital Image Correlation in Quasi-Static 3 Points Bending Campaign (R. Crambuer)

3. Similitude and Experimental Methods (I. Politopoulos)

4. Stereovision Displacement Measurements in TAMARIS (P. Mongabure)

5. Mock-up Boundary Conditions: Structure and Shaking Table Interaction (A. Le Maoult)



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Preparatory Course on Dynamic Experimental Testing, Lisbon, September 23, 2012

Dates: 23 and 25-26 September 2012

Place: LNEC, Lisbon, Portugal 

Course overview: This course focuses on offering a basic comprehension and on developing essential skills required for the preparation, analysis and interpretation of shaking table tests. The subjects will be introduced using a practical-oriented approach, by means of slide-based lectures and hands-on sessions. Special interaction will be made with the on-going 15WCEE Blind Test Challenge tests (25-26 September 2012).

Audience: SERIES Transnational Access users, researchers and technicians engaged or interested in shaking table tests from other research infrastructures in the SERIES project, or from external ones. 

Registration fee: Free of charge.

The number of places available for the course is limited. Priority will be given to SERIES Transnational Access users and to research and technical personnel from other research infrastructures in the SERIES project. Notification of application acceptance will be sent after September 1st, 2012; TA Users will be notified at an earlier date.

Applicants should complete an application form and send it to Anabela Martins (anabela@lnec.pt).

Course programme (click to download)


Course Presentations (click on title to download)

1. Preparatory Course on Dynamic Experimantal Testing (Alfredo Campos Costa)

2. Physical Modelling, Instrumentation and Testing (Paulo Xavier Candeias)

3. Practical Introduction to Measurements, Signal Processing and System Identification for Dynamic Testing (Luis Mendes)


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