Earthquake Mechanics

and Nondestructive Testing

Our Research

Our research uses the analysis of waves in order to study material behavior such as earthquakes, faulting, friction, impact, and fracture.

In order to make good use of the data, we must have a good understanding of the way waves propagate, the way seismic sources can be represented, the way waves can be measured, and how to manipulate recordings of waves (signals) for enhanced understanding.

The video below describes a 3 m rock squeezing machine that can make earthquake-like events in the laboratory. More information can be found here.

In the video below, students excite and measure structural vibrations in a stairway bridge at Cornell as part of a CATALYST academy summer camp for high school students.


Contact

Please direct inquiries to Prof. McLaskey gcm8@cornell.edu