Research

The state-of-the-art in experimental earthquake engineering RTD and the services offered by the infrastructures will be advanced through joint research activities in three areas where the beneficiaries excel at world level.

Dynamic testing for earthquake engineering requires high-precision application of discrete and distributed dynamic loads, currently using servo-hydraulic actuators. Several new actuator technologies offer the potential for improving the fidelity and scope of dynamic earthquake engineering testing. The aim is to use this potential and position European laboratories so that they can offer users better opportunities.

New types of sensors, control techniques, modelling tools and remote measuring techniques capable of enhancing the measurement of the response of specimens and improving the quality of test control, will be validated. Numerical simulation tools, integrated with data processing, databases and visualisation, will be developed for improved design of test campaigns and for enhanced interpretation of test results.

Experimental testing for soil-structure interaction (SSI) will not only help calibrate numerical methods of analysis, but will also shed qualitative and quantitative light into the nature and significance of these nonlinear phenomena. This research activity aims at providing Europe’s experimental facilities with the tools to carry out such novel experiments.

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