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October 12, 2009
First hybrid test with Mercury successful!

October, 2009
Testing resumes of concrete columns in hybrid simluations
project website

February 25, 2009
CU-NEES From Earthquake to Energy

February 6, 2009
Researchers from Academia and Industry Meet with NREL to discuss Hybrid Simulations of Wind Turbines

December, 2008
Seismic Performance Assessment and Retrofit of Non-ductile RC Frames with Infill Walls
more information

October 14, 2008
Release of Mercury, a streamlined finite-element simulation tool optimized to operate within the constraints of a hard real-time hybrid simulation
software link

April, 2008
NEES at CU Boulder featured in MTS's Force and Motion magazine
view article here

February 19, 2008
FHT Workshop
video presentations

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This is the web site which descibes the former Fast Hybrid Testing laboratory (FHT), located at the University of Colorado in Boulder which was for five years a node of the George E. Brown, Jr. Network for Earthquake Engineering Simulation (NEES)

Many information are by now obsolete, but are kept for reference.

Questions pertaining to the FHT, or the tests subsequently performed by Saouma, or about Mercury, should be directly addressed to saouma at colorado edu

. The FHT laboratory is open for use as a national laboratory for researchers and for contract testing by private companies across the country who are interested in conducting real-time (or pseudo-dynamic) hybrid simulations of structures subjected to earthquakes, wind, and other extreme loadings.

The FHT laboratory specializes in real-time hybrid simulations. In this innovative simulation paradigm a substructure is physically tested in the laboratory floor while a complementary one is numerically analyzed by a finite element. Both simulations are tightly coupled and run at increments of 1/1,024 of a second. The FHT laboratory includes extensive computational and archiving facilities, and the laboratory supports interactive remote teleparticipation of experimental research.

Take a look at our current project!

Click here to view a video presentation explaining the Fast Hybrid Testing paradigm.

Click here to view slides and presentations from the most recent on-site workshop detailing the Fast Hybrid Testing method.

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