Earthquake Research

Sound research for solid solutions.

In a five-story building at the Network of Earthquake Engineering Simulation (NEES) shake table facility, Hilti engineers measure integrated building systems in lifelike simulations of earthquake forces.

Using sensors and video cameras, we analyze the effects of seismic activity on anchor and firestop performance. So when you choose Hilti products in seismic applications, you can trust them to meet or exceed not only the appropriate regulations—but also your expectations.

The videos below offer insight into the Hilti seismic research—along with the potential impact for your applications.

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A proactive approach to seismic performance

In a five-story building at the Network of Earthquake Engineering Simulation (NEES) shake table facility, Hilti engineers measure integrated building systems in lifelike simulations of earthquake forces. 

Using sensors and video cameras, we analyze the effects of seismic activity on anchor and firestop performance. So when you choose Hilti products in seismic applications, you can trust them to meet or exceed not only the appropriate regulations—but also your expectations.

The videos below offer insight into the Hilti seismic research—along with the potential impact for your applications.

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    Base isolator tests

    Gain a better understanding of how base isolators can reduce the impact of seismic events—even those resulting in building shifts as extreme as +/- 30 centimeters off of center.

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    Fixed foundation tests

    If the building where you are working is an older structure that does not include base isolators to reduce the impact of a seismic event, learn more about the role anchors and firestop systems can play in enhancing safety in similar environments.

Post-earthquake fire performance

There’s a big difference between evaluating firestop performance in a laboratory versus testing it in an actual building subjected to simulated earthquake forces. Because our earthquake research includes building firestop systems subjected to lifelike simulation of 7.9 and 8.0 magnitudes, you can see how to maximize your firestop system protections for post-earthquake challenges.

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