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BAC Cooling Tower Involved in Monumental Earthquake Testing

Published: Monday, 16 April 2012

On April 17, 2012, a team of researchers at the University of California, San Diego (UCSD) will shake table test a full-size building with a Baltimore Aircoil Company (BAC) PT2 Cooling Tower.

The five story building, filled with hospital equipment and computers, and it includes elevators, piping, cooling towers and numerous non-structural elements. The building will be tested to the levels of earthquakes such as the 2010 San Pedro earthquake in Chile. The testing will take place atop the outdoor shake table at the Englekirk Structural Center at UCSD in San Diego, CA, and is part of the National Science Foundation’s 14-site national Network for Earthquake Engineering Simulation. BAC is pleased to be included in such an important series of simulations, demonstrating the robust and durable construction of the PT2 Cooling Tower.

Reporters can attend on-site with the shake beginning at noon EDT or can participate in a follow-up Q&A webcast hosted by the National Science Foundation at 2pm EDT. The webcast can be followed at


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