Thursday, March 8, 2012

RPI Civil Engineering

Yesterday on our excursion to R.P.I. we received a demonstration and presentation about the civil engineering program. We were able to see a full scale centrifuge up close, as well as a one tenth scale model. The centrifuge can apply up to ten times the earth's gravitational force on a soil sample to see the stresses and effects of natural disasters such as floods, land slides and earth quakes. We also learned about the connections between R.P.I. and many other universities that share data and experimental tests about earth quakes, tsunamis, and earthquake effects on residential structures. It was great to get to see such amazing technology and learn about the research being done with it.
Posted by Emma Rocco