A review of the current actuation technology in the European laboratories of earthquake engineering is presented. The existing laboratory infrastructures, the current types of dynamic tests and actuation requirements are investigated. The needs of the earthquake engineering community that are not met by the currently available actuation devices are explored. User opinions are investigated in relation to the desirable performance enhancements and potential optimization solutions for hydraulic, electrical and hybrid actuation devices that would expand the experimental capabilities for dynamic testing. Various avenues for improving the current actuation capabilities are explored and several technical solutions are proposed. The future direction of actuation technology is discussed.
|Translated title of the contribution||Performance Requirements of Actuation Systems for Dynamic Testing in the European Earthquake Engineering Laboratories|
|Title of host publication||Role of Seismic Testing Facilities in Performance-Based Earthquake Engineering (SERIES workshop)|
|Editors||Fardis , Michael N.; Rakicevic, T Zoran|
|Number of pages||17|
|Publication status||Published - 2011|
Bibliographical noteOther page information: Chapter 7
Other: Series - Geotechnical, Geological and Earthquake Engineering