The ability of steel buildings to bend without fracturing, or ductility, allows for extreme lateral loading from earthquakes and wind. This loading, however, subjects the solid web and flanges of steel members to buckling and fracture, thus crumbling the flat, solid surface, and leading to the potential for great damage. Virginia Tech assistant professor Matthew Eatherton will be using a five-year, $500,000 National Science Foundation CAREER Award to research how steel plates with strategically removed geometric patterns may better withstand everyday loads and extreme events than the currently used standard steel plates.
Denisa Buzatu, a student at Princeton University, has a vision for a shape-shifting façade that would increase the environmental sustainability of buildings. For her senior thesis, Buzatu is designing and prototyping a structure that shades the façade of a building by folding and adapting its shape in response to sunlight.
Funded by the U.S. and UK governments in collaboration with higher education institutions in Brazil, China, India and Indonesia, a University of Pittsburgh-led consortium is one of 14 ne multilateral university partnerships created by the Global Innovation Initiative. The consortium’s winning proposal, “Bamboo in the Urban Environment,” brings together leading experts in bamboo and sustainable design to engage in extensive, cutting-edge analysis and testing of bamboo as a safe construction resource in urban areas.
Possible strong earthquake in Crete would cause a devastating tsunami that could flood the coast at a depth of at least five meters, shows the model which was developed by European team with Greek participation.
For a reason that scientists have yet to discover the most powerful and with the largest focal depth of earthquakes are affected by the seasons of the year, and usually occur between April and October.
On July 22nd, Chinese researchers announced that they had discovered an underwater sinkhole under the South China Sea near the Paracel Islands. Underwater sinkholes are also know as blue holes and this new one has proven to be the deepest ever discovered.