The Earthquake Engineering Research Institute Student Leadership Council (EERI SLC) organizes a yearly competition for universities from around the world. Students work throughout the school year with professors and graduate students to learn about seismic design in buildings. The undergraduates then design a computer model using structural programs, such as SAP2000, and build a balsa wood model that is to be tested at the competition.
EERI Seismic Design Competition.
Our team’s goal this year is to raise enough funds to construct a wooden model using this year’s competition rules. Although we will not be directly competing because of the club’s insufficient funds, we are using this semester as a learning experience! After building the balsa wood model, the team will be testing it on a shaker table located on Lehigh’s campus and using that data for the competition next year. The team of juniors and seniors is committed to competing next year and is using this semester to learn how to use the software and building a model.
Although Lehigh has competed in this competition in the past, each team has consisted of seniors who graduated. We currently have a vision for the club, which includes recruiting younger members so that there are at least a couple of members who will have prior experience with the rules of the competition. With your support, we can make a computer model a reality by actually building and testing the model right here at Lehigh University’s ATLSS Engineering Research Center. We have been coordinating with Lehigh’s ASCE Student Chapter and trying to make this a more interactive club your younger members.
This semester we are concentrating on learning about seismic design in order to be competitive in next year’s competition. We are currently working with Professor James Ricles and a team of graduate students to design a model and learn more about how a structure behaves when subjected to seismic loading.
Funding is needed in order to move to the next stage and actually construct the balsa wood model. We are looking to raise funds to build and test a model here at Lehigh University’s ATLSS Engineering Research Center by the end of the semester. Any extra funds will be used for travel expenses and registration for next year's competition. Our club is completely self funded.