New columns will help bridges withstand earthquakes
Today’s Video of the Day from the National Science Foundation describes a collaborative research effort to design new support columns that could help bridges withstand earthquakes.
Led by Professor Petros Sideris at Texas A&M University, a team of researchers is testing the performance of hybrid sliding-rocking columns.
These columns will provide the same support as traditional bridge columns, but will also have specialized joints and tendons that allow them to move without becoming damaged.
Video Credit: Texas A&M University