Workshop Information

Each NHERI Experimental Facility (EF) hosts an annual workshop to provide prospective users with the knowledge of facility capabilities, Experimental Protocol and discuss details toward developing research proposals. Materials and results from Lehigh's workshops are available below.

Researchers Workshop: Advanced Simulation for Natural Hazards Mitigation

December 5-6, 2016

Workshop Agenda

The objectives of the workshop were:

  1. to disseminate information on the use of the NHERI Lehigh Experimental Facility (EF) to conduct state-of-the-art research in natural hazards mitigation;
  2. provide a platform to disseminate knowledge on the recent advances in the field;
  3. identify the grand challenges and the role of the NHERI program in addressing these challenges;
  4. facilitate sharing of ideas and research collaboration among the workshop participants; and,
  5. identify and develop opportunities to utilize the NHERI Lehigh EF.

Presentations and outcomes of the workshop:


8:30am - 8:45am: Welcome, Objectives, and Agenda Overview – J. Ricles (Director, NHERI Lehigh EF)
8:45am - 9:00am: Overview of NHERI Lehigh EF – J. Ricles
9:00am - 10:10am: NHERI Lehigh Experimental Facility Capabilities and Protocols – J. Ricles, T. Marullo (IT Manager, NHERI Lehigh EF) Technical Session I Participant Presentations – Large-scale Simulation/Natural Hazards

Technical Session I
Participant Presentations – Large-scale Simulation/NaturalHazards

10:25am - 10:50am: Large-Scale Seismic Simulation (J. Restrepo – Univ Calif San Diego)
10:50am - 11:15am: Development and Validation of a Resilient Hybrid Bracing System for Seismic Hazards (M. Head – Morgan State)
11:15am - 11:40am: Evaluation and Retrofit of Older West Coast Braced Frames (J. Berman – University of Washington)
11:40am - 12:05pm: Disaster Resilience Analysis Through Multiple Temporal and Spatial Scales (P. Bocchini – Lehigh University)
12:05pm - 12:30pm: Damage to Steel Buildings after 2011 Tohoku Earthquake in Japan (M. Eslami – Clemson University)

Technical Session II
Participant Presentations – Computational Modeling/Hybrid Simulation

1:30pm - 1:55pm: MDOF Hybrid Shake Table Testing of Response Modification Devices (A. Schellenberg – UC Berkeley)
1:55pm - 2:20pm:

NHERI UCSD EF (J. Restrepo)

2:20pm - 2:45pm: Real-Time Hybrid Simulation of a Reinforced Concrete Building using Force-Based Elements and Advanced Explicit Integration Algorithms (C. Kolay – Lehigh University)

Technical Session III
Examples – Prior Projects Conducted at Lehigh

3:00pm - 3:25pm: Large Scale Testing of Existing and Innovative Floor Diaphragm Components (R. Fleischman - University of Arizona)
3:25pm - 3:50pm: Investigation of Seismic Response of Steel Building Structures with Nonlinear Viscous Dampers Using Real-Time Hybrid Simulation (R. Sause – Lehigh University)
3:50pm - 4:15pm: Full-Scale Testing of Low-Ductility Braced Frames in the Lehigh Experimental Facility (L. Fahnestock – University Illinois)
4:15pm - 4:40pm: Cast-in-Place RC Coupled Shear Walls: Unbonded PT Coupling Beams & Debonded Starter Bars at Wall Base (Y. Kurama – University Notre Dame)
4:55pm - 6:10pm: Forum: Emerging Topics and Grand Challenges in Natural Hazards Research

Researchers Workshop: Lehigh University Experimental Facility Introduction

November 9, 2015

Lehigh University’s NHERI Experimental Facility hosted its first Research Workshop on Monday, November 9th, 2015 at Lehigh University in Bethlehem, PA. For more information, please review the linked PDFs below.

The objectives of the workshop were:

  • To provide participants information about the NHERI Lehigh Experimental Facility capabilities
  • To provide the basics of real-time hybrid simulation through lectures and hands-on demonstrations
  • To understand how the NHERI Lehigh Experimental Facility capabilities can enhance your research
  • To provide information for preparing research proposals which use the NHERI Lehigh Experimental Facility

Workshop documents: