Earthquake Engineering Research Center
The Earthquake Engineering Research Center (EERC) conducts research and public service programs aimed at protecting the public and its property from the destructive effects of earthquakes.
Major emphasis is placed on determining the characteristics and intensities of strong motions; developing analytical procedures for estimating potential damage to structural, mechanical, and soil systems; improving earthquake-resistant design; developing procedures for seismic rehabilitation of existing structures; and collecting and disseminating information on earthquake engineering and allied fields.
EERC operates the Earthquake Simulator Laboratory, which provides a unique research capability aimed at improving earthquake-resistant design of structural systems. The central feature of this recently upgraded research facility is a six-degree-of-freedom earthquake simulator having dimensions 20 feet by 20 feet in plan and capable of testing structures up to 40 feet tall and weighing up to 60 tons. The Structural Research Laboratory hosts the National Science Foundation's George E. Brown, Jr. Network for Earthquake Engineering Simulation (NEES) reconfigurable reaction wall simulation facility for hybrid testing of structures.
In addition, EERC is the home to the 51,000-title Earthquake Engineering Research Center Library which supports the National Information Service for Earthquake Engineering (NISEE). The library developed the Earthquake Engineering Abstracts and The Earthquake Engineering Online Archive, both internationally renowned subject databases.