Engineering Buildings to Resist Earthquakes

Earthquake-Resistant Buildings

Today we discussed the advantages of building prototypes as part of the engineering design process. A prototype is a way to test a concept or design quickly and cheaply, before investing a lot of time and money into building something that might not work. We tested different ways to construct a model out of blocks in order to find out which design features would provide a building with the most resistance to the destructive shaking of an earthquake. Our test results suggest that using base isolation might be the best way to keep those buildings from falling down during an earthquake, and we didn’t have to build a million-dollar building to find this out!

Edificios resistentes a los Terremotos

Hoy discutimos sobre las ventajas de construir prototipos dentro del proceso de diseño ingenieril. Un prototipo es una forma de probar un diseño o un concepto de manera rápida y económica; antes de invertir mucho tiempo y dinero en construir algo que probablemente no funcione. En la actividad, probamos distintas formas de construir un modelo usando bloques para encontrar, cual característica del diseño proporcionaría un edificio con la mayor resistencia a la sacudida de un terremoto destructivo.

 

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