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Computer simulation of seismic waves

  1. May 5, 2015 #1
    Hello, I am working in Papua New Guinea where there is a great deal of seismic activity. I am interested in using MS Excel for simulation of SHM due to seismic waves. To investigate the how frequency and wavelength of the waves affects buildings. Does anyone have any experience of this type of simulation?
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  3. May 5, 2015 #2
    Hahahaha, Excel, that is a good one!

    Stay away from that terrible program.

    To answer your question: You are better off going with something like python, matlab, scilab, or octave to do your programming. Also, if you are doing this on a home PC, you will be restricted to 1-D or a mediocre 2D simulation. There is a reason why people buy time at NASA to run simulations.
  4. May 5, 2015 #3


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    HI Peter,

    cannot help you directly with your query
    This was more of an interest comment in that I do seismology from home and am into quake recording. You guys have really been getting shaken up over recent weeks
    where are you located ... in New Britain ?

    for comments and info on the New Britain events see my threads at .....


  5. May 6, 2015 #4
    Hi Dave
    I am in the capital Port Moresby, so we don't really experience earthquakes here. New Britain is an area of major seismic activity.

    I am working in a school and would like students to use the evaluate the variables (speed, acceleration, energy) with respect to damage done. New Britain area is not heavily populated and houses are wood; so the damage is nothing like Nepal has suffered.

    Thanks for the links
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