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December 11, 2014

UW professor helps develop bridge columns that ‘bounce back' from large earthquakes

  • The pre-tensioned columns survived a simulated 6.6 magnitude earthquake with little damage.
    Special to the Journal

    Photo from University of Nevada, Reno [enlarge]
    Pre-tensioned concrete columns were part of a mock bridge built atop three shake tables at the University of Nevada, Reno.

    In an earthquake, even the smallest amount of bridge damage can have a significant ripple effect on the local economy.

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