A Mechanical Engineering Senior Design team, sponsored by Shell, worked with CIEST to design, manufacture, and test the vibration responses of different piping systems with and without mitigation methods applied.
Erie High School student Anna Broerman, accompanied by her teacher Kaitlyn Gentert, investigated the inclusion of mycelium in cement bricks to aid in seismic performance at CIEST for her AP research project.
Project included development of a bi-directional loading system to apply simultaneous axial and lateral loading to 6 in. diameter columns and splice connections. Nearly 60 full-scale tests were conducted to support evaluation of a new structural building system for seismic applications. Accredited testing performed to ISO/IEC 17025 standard following protocols provided by FEMA 461.
Utilizing experience with silty-sand gained during her PhD, April intends to focus on how to use silty-sands in the centrifuge to produce accountable results to predict the influence of this material on liquefaction; hopefully leading to incorporation into performance-based design.
CIEST served as a resource to students in AREN 4830 (Sustainable Materials and Structures) as they designed and tested concrete mixes and considered the variable environmental impacts of their chosen materials.