MCEER/NCEER Bulletin Articles: Administrative Mtgs
Highway Project Research Committee
The Highway Project Research Committee met at the University of Southern California on February 5, 1996. The Committee reviewed reports and recommendations from the Highway Seismic Research Council on research progress to date, and initiated plans for future research studies. In addition, the Committee planned a series of research coordination meetings which will be held this spring for all project researchers.
On February 6, Research Committee members Ian Buckle, Ian Friedland, John Mander and Geoff Martin visited Rockwell International's Energy Technology Information Center (ETEC), in order to assess the capabilities of the Center and determine potential applicability to Highway Project research. ETEC has two facilities which could be useful to highway project researchers. The first is a shake table laboratory which includes four individually controlled uni-axial tables, each with 50k capacity. The tables can be set up to run individually or linked to provide capacity for one 200k specimen. The maximum facility size is 20' by 40'. Table parameters include:
16'' maximum stroke (±8'')
300 in/sec velocity (with maximum 750 lb payload)
750 lb payload at 40g
The second facility is the isolator bearing test rig. The rig has the following testing capabilities:
1,500k vertical force
300k horizontal force
30'' horizontal stroke (±15'')
2 Hz horizontal frequency
50 in/sec velocity
This facility is currently under contract to the Civil Engineering Research Foundation's HITEC to conduct tests on 14 different earthquake protective systems for bridges.
NCEER Bulletin, Vol. 10, No. 2, April 1996