Brickendonbury, UK – The Tun Abdul Razak Research Centre (TARRC) has added a “unique” earthquake-bearing testing machine to its rubber research facilities in Brickendonbury.
The unit is the centrepiece of a new ‘advanced rubber engineering test laboratory’, established with funding of £2.5 million (€3.0 million) from the Malaysian government.
TARRC and the Malaysian Rubber Board (MRB) have for decades pioneered the development of natural rubber-based protection systems for buildings and civil-engineering structures.
The seismic-bearing rig “is a first of its kind in the world [and] will ensure that we remain global leaders in this area,” MRB board chairman Sankara Narayanan Nair, said at a 9 April launch.
The facility, he added, will provide “the earthquake engineering community with a research and testing resource that will enhance and promote the use of Malaysia technology for seismic protection.”
Built and designed by TARRC engineers, the machine can test full-scale bearings under earthquake conditions, as well as other large structural rubber-based bearings.
Bearings of up to 1,000mm in diameter can be tested under combinations of axial, shear and tilting conditions, in-line with the requirements of international standards.