UNR Earthquake Lab Now 2nd Largest in World

March 2, 2014

The University of Nevada, Reno is proud to announce some pretty big news concerning Earthquake Research. They now have the largest seismic simulation facility in the United States and the second largest in the world after their successful  expansion that included moving three new 27-ton shake table tops into the school’s new Earthquake Engineering Laboratory.  UNR civil engineering professor David Sanders states they will now be able to test things that they haven’t been able to previously.  The shake table tops, called platens, are very large and strong surfaces that researchers can attach structures too. The structures are then shaken to determine their ability to withstand damage from earthquakes. Scientists can use them to test a multitude of things, including new techniques for building safer bridges, highways and housing

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