Personal Liberty Digest™ will be upgraded this weekend to reflect a dynamic new look and mobile-friendly viewing to enhance your experience! Plus, we'll be providing even more of the compelling content you've come to expect, delivered in a whole new way!

  Comments Subscribe to Personal Liberty News Feed Subscribe to Personal Liberty

Seismic Safety Of Light-Frame Steel Construction Being Tested

WEST LAFAYETTE, Ind. (UPI) — The final phase of a three-year project to increase seismic safety of buildings using light-frame steel construction is under way, a U.S. university said.

Funded by a grant from the George E. Brown Jr. Network for Earthquake Engineering Simulation, earthquake engineering researchers from U.S. and Canadian universities partnering with steel industry design professionals already developed a series of computational models to determine how a complete building structure will perform during an earthquake, Purdue University said Thursday in a release.

Based at Purdue’s Discovery Park, NEES is a collaborative, 14-site research initiative seeking ways to improve structural seismic design and reduce the damage of earthquakes and tsunamis, university officials said. It is funded by a $105 million National Science Foundation grant.

Analysis and initial testing for the project began in late 2010 at Johns Hopkins University and the University of North Texas. The focus shifts now to the University of Buffalo, where construction of a two-story test building was recently completed. Full-scale shake-table testing is expected to begin in the summer.

“This project has already resulted in several innovations that will immediately impact seismic cold-formed steel design standards, making buildings safer,” said research team lead Benjamin Schafer of the Department of Civil Engineering at Johns Hopkins University. “Now comes the fun part — getting to see how all the research plays out on the shake table.”

One key deliverable from the project will be the transfer of research results into an open-source software framework, Schafer said. The data will be made available to engineers, allowing them to see how their structural system designs will respond to an earthquake before construction.

“This software will create cost efficiencies and potentially save lives,” Schafer said.

UPI - United Press International, Inc.

Since 1907, United Press International (UPI) has been a leading provider of critical information to media outlets, businesses, governments and researchers worldwide.

Facebook Conversations

Join the Discussion:
View Comments to “Seismic Safety Of Light-Frame Steel Construction Being Tested”

Comment Policy: We encourage an open discussion with a wide range of viewpoints, even extreme ones, but we will not tolerate racism, profanity or slanderous comments toward the author(s) or comment participants. Make your case passionately, but civilly. Please don't stoop to name calling. We use filters for spam protection. If your comment does not appear, it is likely because it violates the above policy or contains links or language typical of spam. We reserve the right to remove comments at our discretion.

Is there news related to personal liberty happening in your area? Contact us at


Sign Up For Personal Liberty Digest™!

PL Badge

Welcome to,
America's #1 Source for Libertarian News!

To join our group of freedom-loving individuals and to get alerts as well as late-breaking conservative news from Personal Liberty Digest™...

Privacy PolicyYou can opt out at any time. We protect your information like a mother hen. We will not sell or rent your email address to anyone for any reason.