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MCEER Bulletin, Volume 21, Number 1, Spring 2007

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Volume 21, Number 1, Spring 2007

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ASHRAE Consortium Investigates Performance of Roof-Top Air Handling Unit

MCEER’s ASHRAE Consortium is gearing up for Phase II studies involving shake table testing of a rigidly anchored and vibration isolated roof-top air handling unit. Testing will begin in March of this year in the Structural Engineering and Earthquake Simulation Laboratory (SEESL) at the University at Buffalo. Studies are focusing on developing a specialized numerical model capable of analyzing the seismic response of various types of HVAC equipment mounted on ASHRAE-type isolation/restraint systems. In addition, results of this research will help advance MCEER’s program to improve understanding and performance of nonstructural components. The experimental program is conducted by University at Buffalo Ph.D. candidate Saeed Fathali under the direction of MCEER Deputy Director and UB Professor Andre Filiatrault.

The ASHRAE Consortium comprises members of the American Society of Heating, Refrigerating and Air-Conditioning Engineers’ Technical Committee 2.7, which focuses on fundamental scientific and engineering design principles for seismic and wind restraint design of building mechanical and electrical service systems. MCEER’s ASHRAE Consortium was established in 2004 with studies of seismic performance of generic ASHRAE-Type isolators/restraints used for different types of equipment.