Earthquake Mechanics

and Nondestructive Testing

Our Research

Our research uses the analysis of ground motions and deformations in order to study the mechanics of earthquakes and other processes such as friction, impact, fracture, and dammage processes.

In order to make good use of data aquired in laboratory experiments, we must have a good understanding of the way sensors work, the mechanics of how solid bodies deform, the way waves propagate, and how to manipulate recorded data (signal processing) 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