Experimental Methods in Earthquake Engineering
Instructor: Bousias Stathis
Course code: A16013
e-class: http://eclass.upatras.gr/courses/CIV1526/
Course content:

  1. Basic knowledge for designing an experimental campaign scope of the testing, etc.
  2. Dimensional analysis, similitude requirements, true and distorted models, scaled tests.
  3. Testing methods: static, dynamic, pseudodynamic, artificial excitation.
  4. Principles of designing test set-ups, planning and preparation.
  5. Servohydraulic testing systems: loading systems (actuators, servovalves, pumps), system control (control theory, PID control, etc).
  6. Sensors. Principles of operation, sensor characteristics, sensor mounting, converters.
  7. Data collection, data acquisition (hardware and software), data analysis and presentation.
  8. Structural monitoring, in-situ artificial vibration testing.
  9. Lab exercises, example experimental studies.
The course is intended as an introduction of graduate students to the experimental techniques and measurements used in engineering and specifically in earthquake engineering.

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