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European Laboratory for Structural Assessment

The European Laboratory for Structural Assessment (ELSA) offers two facilities as part of the programme for open access to JRC research infrastructures:

  • the world’s largest Hopkinson bar facility (HopLab), which is used to study materials and structural components to very fast dynamic loads, such as those due to blasts and impacts, where knowledge of the material behaviour under high strain-rates is necessary; and
  • the ELSA Reaction Wall (Europe’s largest), which is used to test the vulnerability of buildings to earthquakes and other threats to structural stability.

ELSA Laboratories