Missions of SEISM Institute
Inaugurated the 19th of December 2012 in the framework of the Paris -Saclay major project, the SEISM Institute is a scientific interest group created by the CEA, EDF, Ecole Centrale Paris, L’ Ecole Normale Supérieure de Cachan and CNRS. The institute’s mission is to bring together the expertise of the different partners in seismic risk, and aims to become a center of international reference in the field. To do this, the Institute mobilizes fifty researchers, and builds on the single experimental means in Europe what the installation TAMARIS CEA, as well as the means of simulations of the EDF R & D and other partners.
The SEISM Institute provides mission management and scientific coordination, in accordance with the research areas identified in the roadmap of SEISM Institute, with the following tasks:
- coordinate and promote the activities of laboratories partners SEISM Institute , and facilitate the exchange of information,
- develop, coordinate and structure of multidisciplinary research programs to meet national and international calls for proposal,
- contribute to the education and training of master and doctoral level in the field of Earthquake Engineering,
- contribute to knowledge transfer in the industrial world in the field of Earthquake Engineering,
- develop relations between the communities of researchers involved in the analysis of seismic risk in France and abroad.
To accomplish its mission control and scientific coordination, in accordance with the research areas identified in the roadmap, the Institute has established a governance:
- A Management Committee which decides on strategic directions SEISM Institute and ways to implement them,
- An Executive Committee which implements the decisions of the Management Committee and provides the current operation,
- Scientific Advisory Board.
To ensure a strong balance between fundamental research and industrial needs, each member of the Executive Committee has voting rights on the principle of parity between industry and academia.
Scientific Advisory Board
Consultative body, to ensure the relevance of the research areas of the Institute ‘s Scientific Council SEISM aims. Its mission is to provide the Management Committee any recommendations relating to these areas of research, depending on the state of the art and international needs and available technologies. The Scientific Council also advises the Executive Committee on foreign partners may be associated with projects. It gives its opinion to the Management Committee and the Executive Committee on the scientific quality of the work done within the framework of the Institute.
The Scientific Council is now made up of six members:
- Pierre Sollogoub (AFPS – French Earthquake Engineering Association)
- Georges Magonette (JRC- European Lab. for Structural Assessmt, Italy)
- Roberto Paolucci (Politecnico di Milano, Italy)
- Donat Fäh (Swiss Seismological Service of the ETH Zurich)
- Philippe Renault (Swissnuclear)
- Georges Deodatis (Columbia University NY)
To carry out its missions, and build programs of experimental research, SEISM Institute can rely on the experimental platform TAMARIS CEA Saclay. This installation includes 4 vibrating tables, a pit, and a reaction wall. Among these devices are, in particular the table Azalea, which is the largest of the vibrating table world outside Japan. Commissioned in 1991, it is used to test specimens of large size and large mass (up to 100 tonnes). To enforce movements in all directions (3 degrees of translational freedom and three rotational degrees of freedom). Tamaris platform also features bi-axial table (horizontal-vertical) Sunflower, which allows you to submit specimens of a mass up to 10 tonnes of dynamic excitations mono or bi-axial and 2 mono tables-axial, Mimosa and Vesuvius. Finally, there is the pit Iris, hexagonal section of 4.2 mx 4.2 m and 15 m depth, which allows testing equipment threadlike tall as reactor control rods .
SEISM The institute is also based on experimental means test center LMT , ENS Cachan.
Different theoretical and numerical models developed under different actions involving the institute are capitalized in different simulation software.