Designing Buildings For Earthquake Resistance
Matthew Jang
Hillcrest Middle School
Floor Location : J 092 F

As architectural designs improve, buildings have become more smart and safe. Advances in design allow buildings to be more resistant to natural disasters as well. I became interested in the different designs being used to fend against natural disasters, and for my science fair project researched this topic and simulate an earthquake on three different building designs. After choosing the three designs I would model and test out, a monolithic dome, a geodesic dome, and a conventional high rise, I first researched the individual designs before making them or testing their resistance. The information I gained from my research pointed towards the monolithic dome as the most resistant against several natural disasters and long-lasting. My research supported my hypothesis that the monolithic dome would be the most resistant against earthquakes. Wanting to compare my research results to a test of my own, I moved onto the second part of my project: the simulation aspect. After simulating an earthquake through a shake table on my three building models, I concluded that the simulation produced the same results as my research. In the end, from both my research and simulation, I concluded that the monolithic dome is the most resistant against earthquakes.