The Effect of the Virginia Earthquake on the Washington Monument

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The Effect of the Virginia Earthquake on the Washington Monument

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Since the structure of the monument was immensely complex (see Figure 1), for research purposes it was modeled as a cantilever beam (see Figure 2). This allowed for much easier hand calculations to verify results from SAP2000. The simplest model will utilize linear, elastic beam elements to represent sections of the monument along its height. The overall objective of this project is to investigate the possibility of damage to the Washington Monument caused by the magnitude 5.8 Mineral, Virginia earthquake using SAP2000 to create finite element analysis models.


Faculty Advisor: Arturo Schultz

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This research was supported by the Undergraduate Research Opportunities Program (UROP).

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Wilkosz, Alexandra. (2012). The Effect of the Virginia Earthquake on the Washington Monument. Retrieved from the University Digital Conservancy,

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