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Experimental Methods and Activities in Support of Earthquake Engineering

  • Stathis N. Bousias
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Part of the Lecture Notes in Civil Engineering book series (LNCE, volume 2)

Abstract

The role of experimental methods as an indispensable element supporting earthquake engineering research activities, is presented. Static, dynamic and pseudodynamic (or hybrid simulation) methods have accompanied and, in some cases, triggered the advancements seen during the last decades in earthquake engineering. Structural response, be it for the design of new structures or for the assessment and retrofitting of existing ones, has been thoroughly studied with the aid of experimentation that produced the necessary volume of data to calibrate numerical models and support code provisions. In the following, through examples of experimental studies employing a variety of testing methods it is shown that experimentation is the sine qua non ingredient for the advancement of earthquake engineering research and practice.

Keywords

Testing methods Structural testing Pseudodynamic testing 

Notes

Acknowledgements

The contribution of all students and research associates who participated in the experimental campaigns in the last 20 years at Structures Laboratory of the University of Patras, is greatly acknowledged. The studies were funded by several agencies through research projects, the majority of which were coordinated by Prof. M. Fardis.

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Authors and Affiliations

  1. 1.Structures Laboratory, Department of Civil EngineeringUniversity of PatrasPatrasGreece

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