Existing methods of evaluating buildings after a seismic event rely on destruction of architectural elements such as cladding, partitions, and ceilings in order to inspect structural members. Evaluations are done by visual inspection with no quantitative data. Current faculty and student research focuses on the application of Forced Vibration Testing (FVT) for assessment of buildings after a seismic event. This nondestructive method involves temporary instrumentation to record building behavior. The Bridge House, located in Poly Canyon, is a structure with removable braces that simulate structural damage. This proposed research will use FVT to investigate damage detection in the Bridge House by adding and removing braces. It is hoped that this research will lead to an accurate method of damage detection that can be applied in the wake of a major seismic event. The findings will become a part of the principal applicant's Master's thesis and will be disseminated in a conference paper and presented at the American Society for Engineering Education (ASEE) Conference in Seattle in June 2015. Further, this research will allow for unique project-based, peer-learning opportunities for undergraduate students enrolled in ARCE 483 and ARCE 412 where undergraduate and graduate students will work collaboratively to test buildings. Funding is sought to cover expenses for required data acquisition equipment and conference travel.
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