Department - Author 1

Architectural Engineering Department

Degree Name - Author 1

BS in Architectural Engineering



Primary Advisor

Peter Laursen


The Architectural Engineering major places a heavy emphasis on structural dynamics and the role of wind and seismic loading in building analysis and design. Buildings of high importance that are critical to community function, such as hospitals, often utilize supplemental damping devices like supplemental viscous fluid dampers or base isolators to reduce the overall demands on the structural system. The design and analysis of these dampers are typically not taught at the undergraduate level, and is frequently performed by mechanical engineers, in lieu of structural engineers.

To better understand and research building behavior with supplemental damping devices, our multi-disciplinary team designed and fabricated an interactive, reconfigurable, multi-story model of a building. This building structure was dynamically tested and analyzed using the ARCE Department’s seismic shake table. The building model will be left with the university to serve as a model for undergraduate students enrolled in ARCE 483 and ARCE 412. Students will work together to test the structure under a variety of conditions and compare the findings with predictions from computer models. This model also has the potential to be used in core mechanical engineering courses, such as the Mechanical Vibrations course, ME 318.