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UCSD Shake Project - Building Non-Structural Components Earthquake Testing

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From the outside, the five-story multi-use building at the University of California, San Diego (UCSD) looks like many others. This structure, however, is unique. It sits in anticipation of an earthquake and stands ready to help researchers understand the impact of a seismic event and subsequent fire on the nonstructural components and systems (NCSs) inside. Unlike many others, this earthquake is welcomed. For over six years leading researchers, engineers and product manufacturers from a variety of industries have worked together on this landmark research project. The project is funded by the National Science Foundation, as well as public and private stakeholders. The purpose is to understand how nonstructural components and systems interact with a building and with each other during an earthquake. Additionally, researchers will evaluate the post-earthquake fire performance of critical systems. A full range of NCSs including a functioning passenger elevator, piping, sprinklers, HVAC, interior walls, suspended ceilings, cladding systems and building content as well as both passive and active fire systems have been installed for evaluation. The data collected will allow participants to check real loads during an earthquake and compare that to the current design standards. Additionally, fire protection systems findings will be made available to designers, contractors, and manufacturer's so the learnings can be transferred to practice. Hilti is committed to the industries we serve. By actively participating in high-impact research like the Building Nonstructural Component Systems project, Hilti will continue to help industry professionals by developing better products and supporting better design codes which will result in building even safer infrastructure.

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