EARTHQUAKE DAMAGE ASSESSMENT INSTRUMENTATION STUDY

Award Information
Agency: National Science Foundation
Branch: N/A
Contract: N/A
Agency Tracking Number: 27594
Amount: $64,861.00
Phase: Phase I
Program: SBIR
Awards Year: 1994
Solicitation Year: N/A
Solicitation Topic Code: N/A
Solicitation Number: N/A
Small Business Information
Strain Monitor Systems Inc.
430 10th St Nw Ste N-102, Atlanta, GA, 30318
DUNS: N/A
HUBZone Owned: N
Woman Owned: N
Socially and Economically Disadvantaged: N
Principal Investigator
 Bruce Westermo
 (404) 874-7240
Business Contact
Phone: () -
Research Institution
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Abstract
THE RESEARCH EXAMINES THE DESIGN OF PEAK STRAIN AND DEFLECTION-BASED INSTRUMENTATION SYSTEMS FOR THE POST-EARTHQUAKE HEALTH MONITORING OF BUILDINGS AND OTHER STRUCTURES. THE INSTRUMENTATION SYSTEMS ARE INTENDED TO EVALUATE THE LOCAL MATERIAL DAMAGE AT SPECIFIC POINTS WITHIN A STRUCTURE, AND USED TO ESTIMATE, AMONG OTHER THINGS, THE LEVEL OF DAMAGE A STRUCTURE HAS SUFFERED AND ITS CONDITION. THE WORK ENTAILS DESIGNING SEVERAL TYPES OF SENSORS; PERFORMING FULL STATIC AND DYNAMIC TESTS; INVESTIGATING APPROACHES TO DESIGNING A SITE-SPECIFIC SYSTEM; AND INTERPRETATION OF THE SENSOR OUTPUT. THE RESEARCH EVALUATES THE GENERAL DISTRIBUTION OF HIGH STRAINS (OR DAMAGE) INCURRED DURING AN EARTHQUAKE EVENT TO OPTIMIZE THE LOCATION OF THE SENSORS AND THE ACCURACY WITH WHICH THE SYSTEM PREDICTS THE DAMAGE. THE NEW TECHNOLOGY CAN PROVIDE FOR AN ECONOMICAL AND RELIABLE MEANS FOR STRUCTURAL SAFETY ASSESSMENT.

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