The NEESR-RC project team includes a deep bench of Georgia Tech faculty, graduate and undergraduate students, and visiting researchers from top-tier universities around the world.
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About the Howard University Team
The Howard University team is involved in research and educational activities. Research activities involve studies to demonstrate the effect of shape memory alloy (SMA) based devices on the seismic performances of both structural framed buildings and nonstructural components and systems. The research’s objectives are accomplished through theoretical analysis and real-environment experimental tests. Specific research tasks are aimed at (1) examining the re-centering capabilities of SMA based passive systems on framed structures under earthquake shaking and at (2) studying the interaction between multiple variables controlling seismic responses of nonstructural components and systems in SMA based retrofitted building. Likewise, the educational activities are aimed at increasing the participation of underrepresented groups in science, technology, engineering, and mathematics (STEM). The project brings together graduate and undergraduate students from Howard University to provide them with exposure to industrial-related experiences together with interdisciplinary meaningful research. Two NEES-REU undergraduate students are involved in the project—they support the set-up of the test, the monitoring of instrumentation, data collection and reduction and analysis.
Howard University Student Presentations:
- Charles, W. “Seismic Performance of Reinforced Concrete Structures Fitted with Shape Memory Alloys as Structural Recentering Devices,” Quake Summit 2013, August 7, 2013, Reno, NV.
- Valencia, T., and Ward, A., “REU: Investigating the Seismic Performance of Reinforced Concrete Columns through Digital Sensor Analysis,” Quake Summit 2013, August 7, 2013, Reno, NV.