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World's largest outdoor shake table receives upgrades to test world's heaviest specimens

The world’s largest outdoor earthquake simulator, operated by structural engineers at the University of California, San Diego, has received a $16.3 million grant from the National Science Foundation to upgrade the facility to expand its testing capabilities. The funds will enable the simulator, also commonly known as a shake table, to more realistically recreate the motion of the ground during strong earthquakes. After the upgrade, the facility will be able to test the heaviest test specimens in the world, from multi-story buildings to bridge columns, bridge bents and wind turbines, with a full range of ground motions that can occur during an earthquake.

Provided by University of California, San Diego, Jacobs School of Engineering
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