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Wind Hazard & Earthquake Engineering Lab: Research and Outreach. Florida A&M University – Florida State University Department of Civil and Environmental Engineering NSF/MCEER Site Visit 2003. Introduction.

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Wind Hazard & Earthquake Engineering Lab:Research and Outreach

Florida A&M University – Florida State University

Department of Civil and Environmental Engineering

NSF/MCEER Site Visit 2003


  • The Wind Hazard and Earthquake Engineering Lab is located at FAMU-FSU College of Engineering campus.

  • WHEEL was established in 1999 as part of the Department of Civil and Environmental Engineering.

  • The lab’s goal is to promote research in wind hazard and earthquake engineering.


  • WHEEL conducts research, publishes reports and articles, and provides partial financial support for students.

  • Some of the research interests include:

    • passive and active structural control,

    • sensor/actuator placement using genetic algorithms,

    • damage mitigation assessment after natural disasters,

    • computational fluid dynamics for the design and analysis of structures exposed to high winds,

    • structural health monitoring,

    • mitigation of pounding.

Student Researchers

  • 4 Ph.D. students, 2 Graduate students and 4 Undergraduate students

  • Journal articles published in the Journal of Earthquake Engineering and Structural Dynamics

  • Invited Presentations of Results at conferences in Los Angeles, St. Louis, and Tokyo, Japan.

MCEER Research

  • “An Earthquake Analysis of an Existing Structure in the Southeast Region of the United States”

  • Structural Description:

    • Florida Department of Education Building

    • 17 story steel frame (3 bay x 10 bay)

    • FEM model developed

  • Passive Control

    • No external inputs to function

    • Tuned mass damper and Base Isolator

  • Damage Approximation

    • Damage functions, HAZUS

MCEER Research Cont.


  • Developed lab experiments and demonstrations using a small scale shaking table

  • Information was published as a part of the University Consortium of Instructional Shaking Tables (UCIST)

  • Structural Dynamics has been integrated into the Civil Engineering Mechanics course at the FAMU-FSU College of Engineering

REU Programs

  • Undergraduate students conduct research in the areas of wind and earthquake engineering.

  • Program concludes with the submission of final reports and oral presentations.

REU Summer 1999

REU Summer 2000

REU Summer 2001


  • Developed a short course on engineering and natural hazards for elementary school teachers and their students

  • Students participate in the two week program to help test the course curriculum

  • Students wrote papers on natural hazards, built buildings with LEGOS, and tested them on the shaking table

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