Position Type: NSERC USRA
Position Title: Research Assistant/summer researcher
Location: Bergeron Center of Engineering Excellence
Professor: S. J. Pantazopoulou
Department: Civil Engineering
Contact for Professor (Email, phone): pantazo@yorku.ca
# of positions available: 2
Project Description:
The teaching shake table of the department of Civil Engineering is to be used for demonstration of principles of Structural Dynamics in Undergraduate and Graduate Teaching. To this end, scalled specimens that obey the laws of similitude will be built and tested on the shake table, each designed to strategically illustrate important structural engineering behavior patterns and concepts. These will involve models of structure-foundation-soil assemblies of bridges, nuclear power plants and tall structures intended to study the interaction of the structure with its foundation during earthquake response. A database of properly selected ground motions that are representative of Canadian Seismicity will be assembled and maintained in the shake table’s control unit; several test runs will be conducted to assess filtering of noise in the acquired signals and to fine tune the response of the model structures and the associated instrumentation for use in future teaching. The effect of similitude laws on pertinent material composition will also be investigated.
Duties and Responsibilities of the student:
Work together with graduate/doctoral student towards the development of several structural models to assess soil-structure dynamic response interaction
Skills and Qualifications:
(Technical Skills): Dexterity with electronic equipment, and understanding of basic mechanics of materials
(Interpersonal Skills): Good at team work
(Assets): Interest in Structural / Earthquake Engineering
Degrees, courses and Disciplines prerequisite*: Civil Engineering Third or Fourth Year
Stipend: TBD
External students can apply? N/A
Duration: 16 weeks minimum
Start Date: 05/01/2018 (estimated)
End Date: 08/31/2018 (estimated)

If you are interested in this research project, please contact Dr. S. J. Pantazopoulou at pantazo@yorku.ca