2020 US-Japan E-Defense Testing on Frame-Spine-FLC System

On December 14-17, 2020, we conducted a shake table experiment on a 4-layer damping steel building at E-Defense with the University of Illinois, Lehigh University, Oregon State University, National Research Institute for Earth Science and Disaster Prevention, and Hokkaido University. This project is supported by the National Science Foundation of the United States. Although the researchers from the U.S. were unable to come to Japan due to the corona disaster, we managed to complete the experiment successfully through the unity of the team and real-time information sharing using various online tools. We would like to express our gratitude to all the students and technical staff who helped us with the […]

2020 E-Defense Test on Steel Hospital Building

From December 1 to 8, 2012, at E-Defense, the world’s largest seismic table test facility, we conducted seismic tests on a steel-framed hospital building to establish a method for quickly determining the functional continuity of facilities that serve as hubs for local medical care, such as base hospitals for disasters, after an earthquake. Disaster Prevention Research Institute (DPRI) has been conducting the project in collaboration with the National Research Institute for Earth Science and Disaster Prevention (NIED), as part of the “Resilience Enhancement Project Centered on the Tokyo Metropolitan Area,” a project subsidized by the Ministry of Education, Culture, Sports, Science and Technology (MEXT). We are conducting research to improve […]