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MCEER-Affiliated NEES Facilities

MCEER-Affiliated NEES Facilities

University at Buffalo
Twin Shake Tables and Reaction Wall

University of Nevada, Reno
Three Biaxial Shake Tables

Rensselaer Polytechnic Institute
Centrifuge and other equipment

Cornell University

Focused on Lifeline Research


MCEER-Affiliated NEES Facilities Detailed Descriptions


NEES logoThe establishment of the National Science Foundation-funded George E. Brown, Jr. Network for Earthquake Engineering Simulation (NEES) was a milestone event in earthquake engineering. This network of 15 state-of-the-art experimental facilities brings the U.S. experimental earthquake engineering capabilities to a leadership position worldwide. These facilities will make it possible to conduct advanced research and create new knowledge not possible until now.

Since its inception in 1986, MCEER has provided leadership in establishing a tradition of multi-institution distributed research programs. Currently, all MCEER-affiliated institutions with large-scale experimental testing capabilities are home to NEES equipment sites. These sites are located at the University at Buffalo (UB), University of Nevada, Reno (UNR), Rensselaer Polytechnic Institute (RPI) and Cornell University.

MCEER plans to become a major user of the NEES facilities, as well as a facilitator of multi-institute research using these facilities.

NEES-related Bulletin Articles

MCEER-Affiliated NEES Facilities Detailed Descriptions


Seismic Testing of A Self-Centering Post-Tensioned Steel Frame

steel frame

A three-story steel frame incorporating innovative Post-Tensioned Energy Dissipating (PTED) connections will be tested on a shake table in the Structural Engineering and Earthquake Simulation Laboratory (SEESL) at the University at Buffalo (UB) from March 19-23.

NEESWood Testing

group photo

On November 14, 2006, the UB-NEES equipment site was used to subject a fully furnished 1800 sq. ft. wood frame townhouse to a 6.7 magnitude earthquake.