2007 Undergraduate Shake Table Competition
Competition Date: February 8-9, 2007
|Location: Universal City Hilton Hotel in Los Angeles, California|
Held in conjunction with the 2007 EERI Annual Meeting
This Competition has been developed, planned, and hosted by the Student Leadership Councils (SLC) of the three NSF funded Earthquake Engineering Research Centers; MCEER, PEER, and MAE
MCEER Team Applications are due by December 8th, 2006. Applications can be downloaded here.
Download 2007 USDC Rules here (.pdf), MCEER Modified for registration and funding
More information can be found at: http://peer.berkeley.edu/students/Seismic2007.html
The objectives of this Fourth Annual Undergraduate Seismic Design Competition sponsored by the Tri-Centers of earthquake research including PEER, MCEER, and MAE are:
· To provide civil engineering undergraduate students an opportunity to do a hands on project within a performance-based seismic design framework by designing and fabricating a cost effective frame structure that performs well under earthquake simulation
· To promote the study of earthquake engineering amongst undergraduates
· To build the awareness of the versatile activities at PEER, MCEER and MAE among the civil engineering students and faculty at the core universities as well as the general public in order to encourage nation-wide participation.
· To increase the attentiveness of the value and benefit of the Student Leadership Council (SLC) representatives and officers among the core universities for the recruitment and development of SLC, which is a key liaison between tri-center students and each of the three research centers.
Structural Design Objectives
Your team has been hired to submit a design for a multi-level commercial office building. To verify the seismic load resistance system, a scaled model must be constructed from balsa wood and will be tested under severe earthquake simulation. Model structures shall be constructed at a scale of 72:1. Structures will be tested on the UCIST unidirectional earthquake shake table, with plan dimensions of 18.0 inch by 18.0 inch (45.7 cm by 45.7 cm) and a payload capacity of 15.0 kg (33 lb). Structures should withstand scaled versions of ground motions recorded during the 1940 El Centro, 1994 Northridge and 1995 Kobe earthquakes, which will be available online.
Participants of the 2006 Competition held in conjunction with the 8th U.S. National Conference in Earthquake Engineering, San Francisco, CA