Matt Eatherton is developing a self-centering beam to better withstand earthquakes

MattEathertonHeader-e1422909594986For the past two years, Matt Eatherton of Virginia Tech’s Via Department of Civil and Environmental Engineering has used a National Science Foundation grant to develop a structural building component called a self-centering beam. This self-centering beam would serve several purposes: protect lives, limit or eliminate structural repair costs, and reduce business downtime due to earthquakes.

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