Seismic activity, high winds, and other forms of perturbations can cause deflection of structures, resulting in structural damage, injuries, and loss of lives. Research in structural motion control plays an important role in developing new devices and better methods to reduce such deflections and improve structural response to vibrations.

In this whitepaper, we discuss:

  • Exploring Structural Motion Control Using Bench-scale Shake Tables and Structuresbase isolation, passive, active, and semi-active damping techniques
  • examples of academic research in structural motion control
  • teaching activities introducing undergraduate and graduate students to concepts of base isolation and damping
  • use of bench-scale shake table systems and test structures in research and teaching labs

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