MTS Seismic Simulation System Helps Japanese Company Prepare For Next Major
EDEN PRAIRIE, Minn., April 15, 2013
EDEN PRAIRIE, Minn., April 15, 2013 /PRNewswire/ --MTS Systems Corporation
(NASDAQ: MTSC), a leading global supplier of high-performance test systems and
position sensors, today announced it has developed the world's most advanced,
large-scale, privately owned seismic test system for Kajima Corporation
Technical Research in Tokyo, Japan.
This massive custom MTS seismic system, referred to as the W-DECKER®, was
developed for this major Japanese general contractor, and is capable of
reproducing the world's largest amplitude of long-period earthquake ground
motion. It can simulate nearly every major earthquake on record, including the
Great Tohoku Earthquake that occurred in March 2011. The data that is
generated from the testing informs researchers and developers about
technologies that will increase the seismic resistance of nuclear power plants
and skyscrapers, as well as other large or small structures.
"This state-of-the-art seismic test system delivers the control, payloads and
long-stroke capabilities necessary to consistently and reliably reproduce
long-period earthquake events in the test lab," said Dr. Rich Baker, Senior
Vice President of MTS Test. "With this controlled and repeatable simulation,
the W-DECKER is yielding new insights for predicting internal damage to
structures, including the upper floors of skyscrapers, and for developing new
countermeasure technologies that may minimize this damage from earthquakes."
The new seismic system is an upgrade to a legacy MTS system installed at
Kajima in 1991. This upgrade features a unique two-layer design with one layer
positioned on top of another layer. The first layer is the main 'shake table'
that reproduces large seismic motions. The second layer is a long-period
motion table that adds the increased stroke capacity necessary to simulate the
impact on the structural mass during long-period seismic events. Together, the
two layers, or tables, enable testing on full-scale structures, yielding more
accurate results than those achieved from tests conducted on scale models.
"The MTS North America and MTS Japan teams worked together and provided
excellent support," said Jun Tagami, a Senior Researcher at Kajima. "Operating
rates are exceeding one hundred percent and our testing contract schedule is
nearly full for the next year."
According to MTS President and CEO Dr. Jeffrey Graves, the W-DECKER project
exemplifies the valuable long-term partnerships that MTS develops with its
customers. "As several decades of partnership with Kajima demonstrate, we are
committed to ensuring that our customers get the greatest possible value from
their MTS investments. We collaborate with them to upgrade their existing
technology so they can cost-effectively meet new industry demands," Graves
said. "We are thrilled to be helping seismic engineers develop the next
generation of structures that better withstand major earthquakes, helping to
protect the lives and local communities from the impact of these devastating
About MTS Systems Corporation
MTS Systems Corporation is a leading global supplier of high-performance test
systems and position sensors. The Company's testing hardware and software
solutions help customers accelerate and improve their design, development, and
manufacturing processes and are used for determining the mechanical behavior
of materials, products, and structures. MTS' high-performance position sensors
provide controls for a variety of industrial and vehicular applications. MTS
had 2,147 employees and revenue of $542 million for the fiscal year ended
September 29, 2012. Additional information on MTS can be found on the
worldwide web at http://www.mts.com.
SOURCE MTS Systems Corporation
Contact: Susan Knight, Chief Financial Officer, 952.937.4000
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