Using energy-based designs to enhance earthquake hazard resistance

Thursday, August 10, 2017 - 13:02 in Physics & Chemistry

By taking an innovative approach to designing recommendations for new buildings and structures, researchers at MIT are collaborating with researchers and engineers around the world to develop cost-effective, non-invasive tools and methods for observing and measuring a structure’s movement and energy, a paradigm referred to as “energy-based design” (EBD). This summer, Professor Oral Buyukozturk of the Department of Civil and Environmental Engineering (CEE) traveled to Istanbul, Turkey, to direct a workshop on EBD, an emerging structural design and analysis concept. The energy-based design concept considers earthquake effect as an energy input and looks at how this energy is distributed within the structure. If the structure is damaged, some of this energy would be dissipated. Buyukozturk, his research group, and collaborators from Boğaziçi University and Istanbul Technical University (ITU), are working together to develop tools and methods for observing and measuring a structure’s motion and energy components, in order to have a comprehensive...

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