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News Releases from 2004

November 15, 2004

UCSD Shakes 70-Ft.-Tall Wind Turbine In Real-Time Earthquake Demonstration of World's First Outdoor Shake Table

A 70-ft.-tall, 23,400-lb. wind turbine shook and shivered while it was subjected to historical ground motions from the 1992 magnitude 7.3 Landers earthquake, as the University of California, San Diego (UCSD) Jacobs School of Engineering today demonstrated the unique capabilities of the world’s first outdoor shake table for testing full-scale buildings and structures.  

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June 11, 2004

Large-Scale Bridge Test to Validate Cost-Effective Construction Technique

UCSD Jacobs School of Engineering structural engineers performed a large-scale seismic test on a 50 foot-long, 20 foot high and 14 foot-wide bridge to gauge how it would respond in an earthquake.  The bridge superstructure is made with apre-cast segmental construction technique similar to the design of the Skyway portion of the new San Francisco Oakland Bay Bridge East Span.  Unlike traditional “cast-in-place” designs, this approach uses pre-cast concrete sections which are held together by strong steel tendons.  Because the deck pieces can be manufactured elsewhere and then fastened to concrete columns upon arrival, they offer an economical solution to bridge construction.  

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May 10, 2004

UCSD Structural Engineers Honored for Contributions to New Bay Bridge

San Diego, CA, May 10, 2004 --The American Society of Civil Engineering (ASCE) will honor two University of California, San Diego (UCSD) Jacobs School of Engineering faculty and a UCSD alumnus with the 2004 Leon S. Moisseiff Award for their co-authored paper titled, “Cyclic Testing of Built-Up Steel Shear Links for the New Bay Bridge,” that was published in the June 2003 issue of the ASCE Journal of Structural Engineering. The award will be presented at the 2004 Structures Congress & Exposition in Nashville, TN on May 25.  The paper describes research to improve welding details on a new self-anchored suspension bridge, currently being built to replace the existing San Francisco-Oakland Bay Bridge East Span, which was damaged during the 1989 Loma Prieta earthquake.

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May 5, 2004

UCSD Receives Additional $4.4 Million Contract for Construction of Bomb Blast Simulator

San Diego , CA – May 5, 2004   The University of California San Diego Jacobs School of Engineering has received a new $4.4 million federal contract for the bomb blast simulator now under construction at UCSD.   The Explosive Loading Laboratory Testing Program at UCSD is supported by the Technical Support Working Group (TSWG), the federal interagency organization for combating terrorism.  The new contract brings TSWG’s total support for construction of the UCSD blast simulator to $8.6 million.

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