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Structures and Earthquake Engineering Facilities

Constructed in 1965 and located in the west campus, the Applied Dynamics Lab is the centre for large scale structural engineering at McMaster. Experimental research is conducted in the Applied Dynamics Laboratory which is designed with a cellular box foundation strong floor measuring 300 square meters. The special design features make the Applied Dynamics Laboratory a particularly suitable facility for large scale structural experimental research. Clear head room of over 12 m beneath a 10 tonne overhead crane permit full scale testing as well as scaled models of structures or structural components. The main loading system is an 1460 kN static/1000 kN dynamic MTS servo-controlled hydraulic system equipped with a range of actuator capacities and load cells. This system is also used to power horizontal and vertical shake tables for seismic engineering studies. In addition to a selection of hydraulic jacks and computer controlled data acquisition equipment, 2 fixed in-plane test machines with 250 kN and 550 kN capacities are available.

Undergraduate courses include labs located in the ADL focusing on: asphalt, surveying, concrete design, fluid mechanics, beams and columns, re-enforced concrete, stress and strain in structures.

Current on site research is conducted into topics such as: earthquake damage prevention and remediation, repair/remediation of cracked concrete, blast resistance of surface and waterborne structures, blast/shock simulation, non-traditional concrete and masonry, re-enforcement, wind/storm loading of structures, tuned mass dampers, environmental/water remediation.

Professors with Expertise in Structures and Earthquake Engineering

  • Samir E. Chidiac: Durability/service life modelling of cementitious and polymeric materials, FEA/heat and mass transport processes, Stone Masonry, Building Science.
  • Tracy Becker: Performance-based earthquake engineering, Seismic isolation, Energy dissipation devices, Tall building isolation, Floor isolation, Dynamic testing.
  • Wael W. El-Dakhakhni: Dynamic behaviour of masonry, concrete, steel and composite structures under seismic and blast loading. Composite structures health monitoring.
  • Dimitrios Konstantinidis: Base Isolation, Energy Dissipation Devices, Seismic Performance of Equipment and Nonstructural Components, Performance-Based Earthquake Engineering, Seismic Stability of Classical Temples and Monuments, Rocking Structures, Mechanics of Elastomeric Bearings, Dynamic Testing, Structural Health Monitoring.
  • A. Ghani Razaqpur: Infrastructure Durability and Sustainability, Infrastructure Security, Advanced Numerical Modelling, Design of FRP Reinforced Structures, Concrete Design and Analysis.
  • K. S. (Siva) Sivakumaran: Structural Engineering, Coldformed Steel Structures, Fibre-reinforced Composites.
  • Mike Tait: Structural Dynamics,Structural Monitoring and Control, Retrofit/Rehabilitation of Structures.
  • Lydell Wiebe: Earthquake Engineering, Structural Dynamics, Nonlinear Dynamic Modelling Techniques, Steel Structures, Self-Centering Systems.