China begins construction of world’s largest quake simulator

May 26th, 2009 - 2:58 pm ICT by ANI  

New Delhi, May 26 (ANI): Construction has begun on the world’s largest earthquake simulation center at the Tongji University in Shanghai, China.

The center will be able to test the quake-proof capabilities of the city’s skyscrapers and stadiums more accurately, and observe the effects of earthquakes on long structures such as bridges, subways and tunnels.

“With a larger total bearing ability, we can set up a bigger and more elaborate model of a structure to put on the vibrators,” Li Jianzhong, professor of civil and structural engineering, was quoted as saying by the Shanghai Daily.

“It will allow us to see more clearly how a structure is damaged,” he added.

The center’s four vibrating platforms will be able to carry 200 tonnes, almost double the capacity of the current largest at the University of Nevada, Reno, in the United States.

According to Li, the vibrating platforms generate a simulated quake to test a construction’s smaller-scale models.

“Construction in cities tends to be increasingly higher, and their structure is becoming more complicated. So, it’s highly important to test their quake-proof ability before building,” Li said.

The center will be in use in 2011. (ANI)

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