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The End is Nye

NBC Universal | August 26, 2022

Bill Nye?s new show features the UC San Diego shake table in their episode about earthquakes. Subscription required. Full Story


National Science Foundation director visits San Diego to talk NSF mission, investments

KPBS | July 1, 2022

The director of the National Science Foundation, Sethuraman Panchanathan, paid a visit to San Diego this week to dedicate an upgraded earthquake shake table at UC San Diego. Full Story


Bearings key to buildings withstanding earthquakes? UCSD tests new technology

KPBS | February 7, 2022

A new test began last week on an earthquake shake table on the campus of UC San Diego. Researchers were testing building bearings. San Diego researchers are testing bearings that could help buildings withstand earthquake-generated forces that make a structure sway side to side. Full Story


Shake table test at UC San Diego could change buildings codes for earthquake protectio

KPBS | January 24, 2022

An 18-foot steel column shakes in the grip of a vise on UC San Diego?s shake table. The column would stand vertically in a building, and the shake table stimulates the stress of a building?s weight and the movement of a strong earthquake. Ultimately, the column buckles and bends, which could cause a structure to lean or even collapse.Building codes will likely be changing soon, following the shake table experiment, because the column is used in many California buildings. Full Story


Shake table test at UC San Diego could change buildings codes for earthquake protection

KPBS | January 24, 2022

An 18-foot steel column shakes in the grip of a vise on UC San Diego?s shake table. The column would stand vertically in a building, and the shake table stimulates the stress of a building?s weight and the movement of a strong earthquake. Ultimately, the column buckles and bends, which could cause a structure to lean or even collapse. Full Story


Earthquake simulator at UC San Diego to get major upgrades

abc 10news | October 18, 2018

The "shake table" at UC San Diego will soon be able to move just like a real earthquake, thanks to a grant from the National Science Foundation. Researchers at UC San Diego received $16.3 million for upgrades to the machine. "This would become one of the very best centers for earthquake engineering worldwide," says Professor Joel Conte, who teaches in the school's Department of Structural Engineering. Researchers say, right now, the shake table only moves back and forth, rocking large structures placed on top of it. Full Story


UC San Diego Earthquake Simulator Getting Upgrade

KPBS | October 18, 2018

The nation's largest outdoor earthquake simulator, located in San Diego, is getting a $16.3 million makeover. The University of California San Diego's shake table has helped researchers design buildings and other structures that are more capable of surviving earthquakes. Scientists have built buildings as tall as six stories on the outdoor platform and added simulations that replicated the force of some of history's most damaging temblors, like the 1994 Northridge earthquake. The upgrade is being paid for by the National Science Foundation. Full Story


Huge quake simulator to get an upgrade soon

Gulf Times | October 15, 2018

The University of California (UC), San Diego's outdoor shake table in Scripps Ranch will soon give engineers a truer sense of the fury released when big earthquakes erupt in places around the world. The National Science Foundation gave the school $16.3 million to upgrade the centre so it can more accurately simulate quakes, a complex phenomenon that in some years kills hundred of thousands of people worldwide. The table is the largest of its kind and it has conducted experiments that have led to tougher building and design codes for bridges and housing projects. Full Story


Huge earthquake simulator to get an upgrade

Bakersfield.com | October 14, 2018

The University of California, San Diego's outdoor shake table in Scripps Ranch will soon give engineers a truer sense of the fury released when big earthquakes erupt in places around the world, The National Science Foundation gave the school $16.3 million to upgrade the center so it can more accurately simulate quakes, a complex phenomenon that in some years kills hundreds of thousands of people worldwide. The table is the largest of its kind and has conducted experiments that have led to tougher building and design codes for bridges and housing. Full Story


UC San Diego's huge earthquake simulator getting upgrade to better simulate deadly temblors

Los Angeles Times | October 13, 2018

UC San Diego's earthquake simulator at Scripps Ranch will soon give engineers a better sense of the fury released when quakes erupt in places around the globe from the San Fernando Valley to the mountains of Afghanistan. The National Science Foundation recently gave the university $16.3 million to upgrade the so-called shake table so it can more accurately simulate quakes, officials said. The outdoor table is the largest of its kind and has conducted experiments that have led to tougher building and design codes for bridges and housing. Full Story


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