Structural Testing of Earthquake Resistant Shear Walls

architectural illustration of typical shear wall construction.

Structural shear walls will be tested in the Structural Engineering and Earthquake Simulation Laboratory to understand the benefits of an earthquake retrofit technique.

Project description

Structural shear walls will be tested in the Structural Engineering and Earthquake Simulation Laboratory to understand the benefits of an earthquake retrofit technique. This opportunity is for students who are interested in gaining experience in experimental methods in structural engineering: with instrumentation, testing and data analysis. The undergraduate student will work on a subset of data from this testing.

Project outcome

The specific outcomes of this project will be identified by the faculty mentor at the beginning of your collaboration. 

Project details

Timing, eligibility and other details
Length of commitment To be determined by student/mentor
Start time Fall, Spring, Summer
Level of collaboration To be determined by student/mentor
Benefits Academic Credit, Volunteer
Who is eligible Interest in experimental research and hands on work
Support Funding is available after the completion of the preparation badge. See below.
Goldwater and the National Science Foundation

Students participating in this project might be interested in and eligible for the Goldwater Scholarship and the National Science Foundation Graduate Research Fellowship. Connect with the Office of Fellowships and Scholarships to learn more.

Project mentor

Pinar Okumus

Assistant Professor

Civil, Structural, and Environmental Engineering

222 Ketter Hall

Phone: (716) 645-4356

Email: pinaroku@buffalo.edu

Preparation

To engage with this project, you will work through a series of Project-Based Collaboration digital badges to guide your experience. 

To get started, contact the project mentor using the contact information above to discuss availability and after you’ve received approval, you can start the Project Preparation Digital Badge. Here are helpful tips on how to contact a project mentor

Preparation guidance

The specific preparation activities for this project are being finalized by the project mentor. Once they are finalized, this section will be updated. In the meantime, please reach out to the project mentor to confirm what specific preparation activities you should complete for the Project Preparation Digital Badge.