Shake Table for Seismic Simulation and Vibration Testing


The College of ECST at Cal State LA has acquired a shake table for seismic simulation of building components/systems and other dynamic testing. Installation is ongoing. The table will be available for testing during the 2017-2018 academic year.


  • Capable of applying independent inputs in two orthogonal directions.
  • Typical maximum payload is 1 ton with accelerations in excess of 2.0 g.
  • Peak velocity is 40+ in./sec.
  • The stroke capability is 8.5 in. to 9 in. depending on articulation.
  • Shake table platform measures 5ft. x 5 ft.
  • Each actuator has a capacity of 11 kips.
  • Manufactured by Shore Western Manufacturing.
  • Funding agency: National Science Foundation (MRI 1531582).

Use of the equipment

We welcome research collaborations with universities and other interested people. User fees and policies are in development. Please contact Professor Rodriguez-Nikl for inquiries regarding use of the shake table.

Line drawing of reaction structure and shake table


See the table in operation

Shake table in biaxial motion

This material is based upon work supported by the National Science Foundation under Grant No. 1531582. Any opinions, findings, and conclusions or recommendations expressed in this material are those of the author(s) and do not necessarily reflect the views of the National Science Foundation.