Researchers Test Precast Concrete Parking Structure 04/08/2008 | A research program improves industry standards for the design and construction of diaphragms used with precast/prestressed concrete In April and May, researchers will simulate eight levels of seismic forces on a field model using the largest outdoor "shake table" in the world. The experiments are part of the Chicago-based Precast/Prestressed Concrete Institute's (PCI's) 5-year, $2 million-plus research program to improve industry standards for the design and construction of diaphragms used with precast/prestressed concrete components. The high-profile research program is being carried out by a consortium of three universities: University of Arizona in Tucson, AZ; Lehigh University in Bethlehem, PA; and University of California in San Diego. The primary objective of the research is to better understand the behavior of precast concrete diaphragms, which have grown in importance since the 1994 Northridge Earthquake in California. The massive temblor, measuring 6.8 on the Richter scale, caused significant damage to several precast concrete parking structures. A half-scale, 3-story parking structure will be tested during April and May, using different levels of seismic forces to gauge structure responses. Once the tests are completed and the results are evaluated, the group will work toward providing data and supplementary information to allow the design approaches to be accepted into code documents. To view the construction of the test structure and to see the testing in progress on May 7 from 10 a.m. to 3 p.m., go (http://22.214.171.124/). Previous ArticleNext ArticleENERGY STAR Announces 2013 Upgrade of Portfolio Manager Twitter Facebook LinkedIn Email Share Share Other Open Social Related Coverage PepsiCo Reduces Water Use by 26% Los Angeles Testing Cooling Pavement Paint Here's What You Can Do For America Recycles Day Related Articles Sustainability / Resilience Speech Privacy & Sound Masking in Modern Architecture Sustainability / Resilience 5 Ways Your Building is Wasting Energy Sustainability / Resilience ISSA Announces Merger with CSSA Sustainability / Resilience LG Electronics Recycles 24,000 Tons of Used Devices Life/Fire Safety 7 Most Essential NFPA® Standards for Building Owners Sustainability / Resilience How to Future-Proof Your Building Building Controls The First Steps of Adding Intelligence to Your Facility Energy Management How to Increase Productivity and Engagement in Outdoor Spaces Building Controls Fine-Tuning HVAC Controls for Maximum Efficiency Sponsored Links Smart roof systems improve building energy efficiency. Polyglass’ Polyfresko® cap sheets with CURE Technology® saves on energy. Engineered to perform, Polyfresko has superior granule adhesion and excellent puncture, stain and UV resistance. Increase profitability by cleaning smarter and transforming your building into a high performing asset. Get tips from High Performance Building experts Whether it’s earning an IREM credential or increasing your job skills, any goal in property management can be accomplished with IREM education. Click here to visit our website!