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MCEER Bulletin, Volume 21, Number 2, Summer 2007

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Volume 21, Number 2, Summer 2007

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Nonstructural Components Simulator to Launch in Fall 2007

logo partnersUB’s Nonstructural Components Simulator (NCS) – the only one of its type in the world – will be commissioned with a symposium and demonstration sometime this fall. The NCS is a modular and versatile two-level platform for experimental performance evaluation of nonstructural components and equipment under realistic full scale floor motions. The simulator can provide the dynamic stroke necessary to replicate full-scale displacements, velocities and accelerations at the upper levels of multi-story buildings during earthquake shaking.

Gilberto Mosqueda, UB, is overseeing the simulator’s installation and inaugural test, which will include a fully-equipped hospital emergency suite. The commissioning of the simulator will also include a symposium on nonstructural components issues and research. Additional information will soon be available at MCEER and SEESL.