The research project foresees the purchase, management and setup of a powerful testing apparatus. This is mainly linked to research line 2 and the simulation of ground shaking, but with other important applications for the other research areas. The test equipment will allow the experimental simulation of two adjacent storey responses, verifying the effects of structural response on the non-structural elements. For example, internal partitions, doors and windows, ceilings, elevators, mechanical equipment, furniture of any type. This will consist of due panels in prestressed concrete of dimensions 6 x 4 x 1.2m. Four high-performance dynamic actuators will be attached and will govern the horizontal displacements in the two principal directions. The rotational degree of freedom about the vertical axis constituting a steel column, fixed in place via four vertical rods connected at their ends to a seconds six degree-of-freedom table, already in operation at the Eucentre. The equipment will be situated in a laboratory dedicated to the project by the Eucentre foundation. The design and the carrying out of the technical and market enquiries for the construction of the testing equipment have already been completed during the course of the first year. Within the first few months of 2019, the publication of the public call for tenders is expected.
The construction of an International Museum of Earthquake Engineering aims to increase the awareness on a national and international level of the field with a strong media and social media campaign. In fact, the creation of a museum centred around earthquake engineering and the mitigation of seismic risk aims to contribute to clarifying the differences between seismology and engineering and hazard and risk for the public. The museum will be able to host both permanent and temporary collections and will certainly have a strong interactive and multimedia facet. A section will be dedicated to the simulation of ground motions and allow people to climb onto the table to feel such effects when possible.