University of Minnesota
Aerospace Engineering and Mechanics
Spring 1997 Seminar Series

Effective Force Testing: Method of Seismic Simulation

Professor Carol Shield
University of Minnesota
Department of Civil Engineering


Effective Force Testing (EFT) is a method which enables real-time earthquake simulation studies of large-scale test structures under load control. Other testing methods have limitations including specimen size, power requirements, or complex control algorithms to achieve real-time response. As opposed to the pseudodynamic test method (a displacement-based control procedure), there is no computational time required for the EFT method in determining the input command signal; it is known prior to the test, once the structural mass and ground acceleration record to be simulated are determined. Research has been conducted on a single-degree-of-freedom system to investigate the potential and limitations of the EFT method. A direct application of the EFT method was found ineffective because the actuator was unable to apply force at the natural frequency of the structure due to actuator/control/structure interaction. However, numerical simulations indicated that an additional velocity feedback loop incorporated in the control system can overcome this problem.

Friday, May 16, 1997
209 Akerman Hall
2:30 p.m. - 3:30 p.m.

Refreshments served after each seminar in 227 AKERMAN HALL .
Disability accommodations provided upon request.
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