Thursday, January 23, 2014

FTV January 23

We arrived in Ile a Vache in Haiti to drop off humanitarian supplies in conjunction with the emergency management project administered by Professor Tom Lennon of the Academy.

Here the Kennedy anchored off the coast to prepare the transfer of supplies. Shortly after anchoring, a group of small wooden boats was noticed approaching the ship by the bow lookout. As we all watched in anticipation, many of us wondered if the small group of boats that arrived could transfer the supplies back to Haiti.  It was quickly confirmed that these small boats were intended to use for the transfer; but as you can tell by the picture, these small vessel were not suitable to make a safe transfer at this time.
We had our doubts!!!!

From this point Captain Lennon and his small fleet of boats went back to the island to make other arrangements for the transfer. As a result we will remain at anchor and hopefully we will be able to transfer it tomorrow.

Learn more about Haiti here.
See how America responded to the Haiti devastation

Engineering Thursday

7.0 earthquake in Port-au-Prince in 2010
In certain areas of the world, like Haiti and the California coast earthquakes are a serious concern. Civil and structural engineers who focus on designing buildings, bridges, roads and other infrastructure for earthquake-prone areas must understand seismic waves and how to construct structures that are able to withstand the forces from the powerful ground motions of the Earth.

For testing purposes, engineers design shake tables to simulate (or re-enact) the seismic waves produced by earthquakes and verify the stability and survivability of their structures.
Watch this video.
Then engineer your own shake table.

Watch this presentation to learn more about how earthquake happen.
Use this sheet to take notes

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