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TU9 and the Indian Institutes of Technology hold joint conference on "Earthquake Science"
Venio Piero Quinque TU9 office in Berlin
TU9 German Institutes of Technology
Scientists from TU9 and the Indian Institutes of Technology are jointly giving the go-ahead for deeper collaboration in the field of "earthquake research" with a conference.
The Indian Institutes of Technology (IIT) are the elite universities in India, TU9 is the association of the leading technical universities in Germany:
In a conference, scientists from these research institutions will jointly give the go-ahead for deeper collaboration in the field of "earthquake research". The meeting will take place from November 29th. - December 2nd, 2008 at the IIT Madras in the Indian city of Chennai.
At the TU9 / IIT conference, German and Indian scientists from different disciplines will present the current status in the field of "Earthquake Science", examine weak points and determine the potential of joint research.
German-Indian research cooperation has a long tradition and will receive new impulses from this meeting.
The IIT Madras in the city of Chennai is celebrating its 50th anniversary this year. The Federal Republic of Germany was the godfather of the IIT Madras in 1958.
The TU9 side sends scientists from TU Darmstadt, Universität Karlsruhe (TH) and Universität Stuttgart. Experts from GFZ Potsdam, University of Potsdam and University of Würzburg are also invited.
Indian scientists from the following institutions, among others, will take part: IIT Bombay, IIT Delhi, IIT Guwahati, IIT Kanpur, IIT Madras, IIT Roorkee, IISc. Bangalore, BARC, DST, L&T ECC, NGRI (Hyderabad), NRSA (Hyderabad), Structural Engineering Research Center (SERC), CPRI, Anna University.
The meeting is being organized for TU9 by the Institute for Lightweight Design and Construction at the University of Stuttgart (Prof. Dr. Balthasar Novák), Indian partners at the organizational level are the IIT Madras and the Structural Engineering Research Center (SERC).
++ press contact ++
TU9 managing director Venio Piero Quinque
Telephone: 030 / 386-39003
++ Background information on earthquake research ++
The severe earthquakes in India, Japan and Turkey in recent years have made the general public aware that earthquake-proof construction and the right behavior in these types of disasters can save lives.
It is also clear that earthquakes are not a national matter - the dangerous tremors and their dangerous consequences do not stop at national borders.
It is all the more important that the know-how of international scientists is brought together in order to advance research in this important field.
Various aspects play a role in earthquake research: efficiency of international advance warning systems, structural safety of buildings under earthquakes, risk analysis of earthquakes. In addition to these technical questions, at least as important: the behavior of people during and after earthquakes, the social and economic consequences after earthquakes and how to deal with them, as well as the development of society in earthquake-prone areas.
Fortunately, Germany is not one of those areas that - as far as one can predict - are threatened by severe earthquakes. However, zones have been identified in the Rheingraben, the Swabian Alb, the southern Black Forest and an area around the city of Gera in which moderate earthquakes have occurred in the recent past. After all, this has led to a tightening of the requirements for structures in areas prone to earthquakes (earthquake standard DIN 4109).
India is one of the countries in the world most at risk from earthquakes: For example, the Kashmir region has been upgraded in terms of earthquake hazard in recent years and there are fears of severe earthquakes there in the medium term - even if it is very difficult to make predictions about time.
The research topic "Earthquake Science" has enormous relevance not only for India, but also for numerous other countries.
++ About TU9 ++
TU9 is the association of the leading technical universities in Germany: RWTH Aachen, TU Berlin, TU Braunschweig, TU Darmstadt, TU Dresden, University of Hanover, University of Karlsruhe (TH), TU Munich, University of Stuttgart.
Around 200,000 students are currently enrolled at TU9 universities, around 10 percent of all German students.
In Germany, 53 percent of university graduates in engineering come from TU9 universities. Around 59 percent of doctoral degrees in engineering are carried out at TU9 universities.
TU9 universities achieve top placements in the third-party funding ranking of the Federal Statistical Office: In 2005, the nine TU9 members raised a total of 739 million euros. That is around 20.2 percent of all third-party university funding in Germany.
http://www.tu9.de TU9 web portal
http://www.tu9.de/media/docs/tu9/Paper-SERC-JoSE.pdf At this link you can download the paper "Seismic Performance of Structural D-region of Existing RC Structure Designed with Different Considerations "download. Author: Balthasar Novák, K. Ramanjaneyulu, Constanze Röhm and Saptarshi Sasmal.
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