Dr. Silva receives NSF grant to study energy dissipation design for buildings struck by earthquakes

June 04, 2018

Dr. Pedro Silva and his collaborator, Dr. Rigoberto Burgueno (Michigan State University), have received three-year grants totaling $400,000 and $330,000, respectively, from the National Science Foundation’s Division of Civil, Mechanical and Manufacturing Innovation.  The grants will support their project, “Collaborative Research: Self-Centering Pendulum Shear Walls in Buildings via Nonlinear Elastic Kinematics.”  Drs. Silva and Burgeuno propose to test Dr. Silva’s hypothesis that changing the interface between a wall and its footer from a flat surface to a curved surface will increase the amount of energy that can be dissipated during an earthquake, thereby limiting damage to the wall and deformations to the building from the earthquake.