Title

Investigating the Seismic Behavior of Bridge Piers Subjected to Combined Loading with Distributed Hybrid Testing

Presenter Information

Corey Grace

Department

Civil, Architectural and Environmental Engineering

Major

Civil Engineering

Research Advisor

Sneed, Lesley

Advisor's Department

Civil, Architectural and Environmental Engineering

Funding Source

Missouri S&T Opportunities for Undergraduate Research Experiences (OURE) Program; NEESR-NSF

Abstract

The most important goal of civil and structural engineering is to protect against loss of life. Earthquakes are still not completely understood phenomena, and it is these events that pose great threats to human life. Research is necessary to better understand the effects of nature, and it is performed by essentially trying to replicate it. Better methods for simulating natural occurrences are continually being developed and utilized such as hybrid (or pseudodynamic) testing. The George E. Brown, Jr. Network for Earthquake Engineering Simulation (NEES) is an organization that supports research attempts at understanding the effects of earthquakes. The coordination of the leading researchers in the field is essential for understanding such complex behavior. It is then critical that we apply what is learned from research to construction because it is as Susan Hough and Lucile Jones of the U.S. Geological Survey have said, “Earthquakes don’t kill people, buildings do.”

Biography

Corey Grace is a senior majoring in Civil Engineering at Missouri University of Science and Technology and will be graduating in May 2010. He is the son of Tim and Jo Ellen Grace of Columbia, MO. Corey serves as the Honduras trip project leader for Engineers Without Borders, the president for American Concrete Institute, and a student leader for Wesley Campus Ministry. Corey is also a member of Tau Beta Pi and Chi Epsilon engineering honor societies. Corey has worked as an undergraduate research assistant for two years and also works as a teacher’s assistant; teaching weekly surveying labs to underclassmen. After graduation, Corey plans to pursue a master’s of science degree in Structural Engineering before beginning his career as a structural engineer for Black & Veatch in Kansas City.

Research Category

Engineering

Presentation Type

Poster Presentation

Document Type

Poster

Location

Upper Atrium/Hallway

Presentation Date

07 Apr 2010, 1:00 pm - 3:00 pm

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Investigating the Seismic Behavior of Bridge Piers Subjected to Combined Loading with Distributed Hybrid Testing

Upper Atrium/Hallway

The most important goal of civil and structural engineering is to protect against loss of life. Earthquakes are still not completely understood phenomena, and it is these events that pose great threats to human life. Research is necessary to better understand the effects of nature, and it is performed by essentially trying to replicate it. Better methods for simulating natural occurrences are continually being developed and utilized such as hybrid (or pseudodynamic) testing. The George E. Brown, Jr. Network for Earthquake Engineering Simulation (NEES) is an organization that supports research attempts at understanding the effects of earthquakes. The coordination of the leading researchers in the field is essential for understanding such complex behavior. It is then critical that we apply what is learned from research to construction because it is as Susan Hough and Lucile Jones of the U.S. Geological Survey have said, “Earthquakes don’t kill people, buildings do.”