Associate Professor Jason McCormick is in a new MConnex video about earthquake engineering.
The video explains that modern structures are designed to absorb damages without collapsing, but an event like an earthquake can quickly escalate construction repair costs for aging buildings. McCormick and his team are looking into materials rarely used in the construction world for retro-fitting older structures and providing a type of affordable earthquake insulation barrier.
The researchers are studying the energy dissipating effects from filling the voids in steel structures with polymer foams, metal foams, and an array of high density rubbers. They are also testing various shape memory alloys that can bend back into place through heat applications, thereby resetting the building after an earthquake.
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