Cathy French, professor, Department of Civil, Environmental, and Geo- Engineering, discusses some of the vulnerable structural systems and modern approaches to structural design.
This talk will focus on some of the vulnerable structural systems and modern approaches to structural design. As an example, in regions where you might expect moderate earthquakes to occur during the life of a structure, it is desirable to target immediate occupancy after a seismic event to avoid economic losses associated with "down time" for repair. In regions where you might expect rare but very powerful earthquakes, it may be more reasonable to consider collapse prevention, but to accept significant damage. The overall design philosophy will be discussed as well as presenting some novel structural systems. This talk highlights some of the structural research conducted at the University of Minnesota Multi-Axial Subassemblage Testing (MAST) laboratory that enables multidirectional testing with six-degree-of-freedom control. French will also discuss how experimental research plays an important role in the development of our national building codes.
Catherine French, CSE Distinguished Professor, Department of Civil, Environmental, and Geo- Engineering