The earthquake simulator was developed to conduct research and to be a tool for education of our undergraduate and graduate students. The shaking table can be used to teach from introduction to dynamics of structures to more complex graduate course like passive and active control for hazard mitigation of structures under extreme events. Further, it will be a bridge between the UPRM and the community of Puerto Rico, as we can illustrate and teach them about these extreme hazards and introduce them to the options for hazard mitigation. In this tab you will find the current projects, those under development and our future research, education and outreach modules.
- “Seismic Chair – Experiential Education and Outreach Module for the community of Puerto Rico”
This idea was first considered by Dr. Daniel Wendichansky, for many years the Structures Laboratory Director. The concept was to create a “chair” where the students or community could seat and bucke in to experience dynamic loads from sinusoidal to random motion (earthquake loads). This concept was modified and built for an undergraduate research course for two Mechanical Engineering students, Jonathan J. Lopez Badillo and Sebastian Rivera-Mongil, and supervised by Dr. Cortes Delgado.
The objectives for the Undergraduate Research Course (INME498) Project are:
- Construct a rigid chair with the purpose of experiencing the real dynamic forces applied to a structure.
- Test the rigid structure (chair) applying sinusoidal and random dynamic loads.
- Implement outreach module for the community of Puerto Rico.
- Integrate this module to an experimental course under development by Dr. Cortes-Delgado for undergraduate and graduate students.
- Introduction of structure dynamics to intermediate/high school students by experiencing the different dynamic loads.