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Hospitals & Acute Care Facilities

Publications on hospitals and critical facilities focus on preventing structural failure, limiting damage to nonstructural building components (e.g., medical equipment piping, ceiling tiles and other building contents), developing and implementing base isolation, passive dampers, and other response modification methods, and developing decision-making tools to assist hospital administrators make sound seismic retrofit investments.

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Quantification of Disaster Resilience of Health Care Facilities

G.P. Cimellaro, C. Fumo, A.M. Reinhorn and M. Bruneau; MCEER-09-0009; 9/14/2009; 212 pages;


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Assessment of Base-Isolated Nuclear Structures for Design and Beyond-Design Basis Earthquake Shaking

Y.N. Huang, A.S. Whittaker, R.P. Kennedy and R.L. Mayes; MCEER-09-0008; 8/20/2009; 152 pages;


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Enhancements to Hospital Resiliency: Improving Emergency Planning for and Response to Hurricanes

D.B. Hess and L.A. Arendt; MCEER-09-0007; 7/20/2009; 78 pages;


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IDARC2D Version 7.0: A Program for the Inelastic Damage Analysis of Structures

A.M. Reinhorn, H. Roh, M. Sivaselvan, S.K. Kunnath, R.E. Valles, A. Madan, C. Li, R. Lobo and Y.J. Park; MCEER-09-0006; 7/12/2009; 406 pages; To learn more about IDARC and the Users Group, click here.


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Hurricane Gustav Reconnaissance: Lessons Learned by New Orleans Hospitals from Katrina to Gustav

L. A. Arendt and D.B. Hess; MCEER-08-SP07; 10/31/2008; 8 pages; This report is only offered as a PDF and can be downloaded from here. No hard copies are available.


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New Experimental Capabilities and Loading Protocols for Seismic Qualification and Fragility Assessment of Nonstructural Systems

R. Retamales, G. Mosqueda, A. Filiatrault and A.M. Reinhorn; MCEER-08-0026; 11/24/2008; 350 pages;


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Performance Assessment of Conventional and Base-Isolated Nuclear Power Plants for Earthquake and Blast Loadings

Y.N. Huang, A.S. Whittaker and N. Luco; MCEER-08-0019; 10/28/2008; 396 pages;


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Development, Implementation and Verification of Dynamic Analysis Models for Multi-Spherical Sliding Bearings

D.M. Fenz and M.C. Constantinou; MCEER-08-0018; 8/15/2008; 304 pages;


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Numerical and Experimental Studies of Self-Centering Post-Tensioned Steel Frames

D. Wang and A. Filiatrault; MCEER-08-0017; 5/12/2008; 432 pages;


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Development and Appraisal of a Numerical Cyclic Loading Protocol for Quantifying Building System Performance

A. Filiatrault, A. Wanitkorkul and M.C. Constantinou; MCEER-08-0013; 4/28/2008; 138 pages;


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Seismic Behavior and Design of Boundary Frame Members of Steel Plate Shear Walls

B. Qu and M. Bruneau; MCEER-08-0012; 4/26/2008; 272 pages;


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Experimental Investigation of Full-Scale Two-Story Steel Plate Shear Walls with Reduced Beam Section Connections

B. Qu, M. Bruneau, C-H. Lin and K-C. Tsai; MCEER-08-0010; 3/17/2008; 192 pages;


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Mechanical Behavior of Multi-Spherical Sliding Bearings

D.M. Fenz and M.C. Constantinou; MCEER-08-0007; 3/6/2008; 182 pages;


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System Performance Under a Multi-Hazard Environment

C. Kafali and M. Grigoriu; MCEER-08-0006; 3/4/2008; 246 pages;


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Damage to Engineered Buildings and Lifelines from Wind, Storm Surge and Debris following Hurricane Katrina

G. Mosqueda and K.A. Porter; MCEER-07-SP03; 8/13/2007; 60 pages; This report can be downloaded in PDF format from here.


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Three-Dimensional Modeling of Inelastic Buckling in Frame Structures

M. Schachter and A.M. Reinhorn; MCEER-07-0016; 9/13/2007; 264 pages;


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Experimental Evaluation of the Seismic Performance of Hospital Piping Subassemblies

E.R. Goodwin, E.M. Maragakis and A.M. Itani; MCEER-07-0013; 9/4/2007; 200 pages;


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Design Recommendations for Perforated Steel Plate Shear Walls

R. Purba and M. Bruneau; MCEER-07-0011; 6/18/2007; 204 pages;


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Hazard Mitigation Investment Decision Making: Organizational Response to Legislative Mandate

L.A. Arendt, D.J. Alesch and W.J. Petak; MCEER-07-0002; 4/9/2007; 94 pages;


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Static and Kinetic Coefficients of Friction for Rigid Blocks

C. Kafali, S. Fathali, M. Grigoriu and A. Whittaker; MCEER-07-0001; 3/20/2007; 104 pages;


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Hospital Decision Making in the Wake of Hurricane Katrina: The Case of New Orleans

L.A. Arendt and D.B. Hess; MCEER-06-SP01; 1/6/2006; 84 pages; This report can be downloaded in PDF format from here.


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User Manual and Technical Documentation for the REDARS Import Wizard

S. Cho, S. Ghosh, C.K. Huyck and S.D. Werner; MCEER-06-0015; 11/30/2006; 136 pages;


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Conceptual Design and Experimental Investigation of Polymer Matrix Composite Infill Panels for Seismic Retrofitting

W. Jung, M. Chiewanichakorn and A.J. Aref; MCEER-06-0010; 9/21/2006; 350 pages;


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Experimental Investigation of the Structural Fuse Concept

R.E. Vargas and M. Bruneau; MCEER-06-0005; 3/17/2006; 210 pages;


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Analytical Investigation of the Structural Fuse Concept

R.E. Vargas and M. Bruneau; MCEER-06-0004; 3/16/2006; 388 pages;


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Multidimensional Fragility of Structures: Formulation and Evaluation

G.P. Cimellaro, A.M. Reinhorn, M. Bruneau and A. Rutenberg; MCEER-06-0002; 3/1/2006; 162 pages;


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Seismic Fragility of Suspended Ceiling Systems

H. Badillo-Almaraz, A.S. Whittaker, A.M. Reinhorn and G.P. Cimellaro; MCEER-06-0001; 2/4/2006; 252 pages;


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The Performance-Based Design Paradigm

M. Astrella and A.S. Whittaker; MCEER-05-0011; 12/15/2005; 158 pages;


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Steel Plate Shear Walls for Seismic Design and Retrofit of Building Structures

D. Vian and M. Bruneau; MCEER-05-0010; 12/15/2005; 360 pages;


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3D-BASIS-ME-MB: Computer Program for Nonlinear Dynamic Analysis of Seismically Isolated Structures

P.C. Tsopelas, P.C. Roussis, M.C. Constantinou, R. Buchanan and A.M. Reinhorn; MCEER-05-0009; 10/3/2005; 210 pages;


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Simulation of Strong Ground Motions for Seismic Fragility Evaluation of Nonstructural Components in Hospitals

A. Wanitkorkul and A. Filiatrault; MCEER-05-0005; 5/26/2005; 206 pages;


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A Versatile Experimentation Model for Study of Structures Near Collapse Applied to Seismic Evaluation of Irregular Structures

D. Kusumastuti, A.M. Reinhorn and A. Rutenberg; MCEER-05-0002; 3/31/2005; 280 pages;


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Experimental and Analytical Studies of Structures Seismically Isolated with an Uplift-Restraint Isolation System

P.C. Roussis and M.C. Constantinou; MCEER-05-0001; 1/10/2005; 160 pages; The appendices from this report can be downloaded from here. These include pushover analysis, experimental results, and various comparisons of analytical and experimental results.


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Scissor-Jack-Damper Energy Dissipation System

A.N. Sigaher-Boyle and M.C. Constantinou; MCEER-04-0010; 12/1/2004; 260 pages;


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Assessment of Geotechnical Issues in Acute Care Facilities in California

M. Lew, T.D. O'Rourke, R. Dobry and M.M. Koch; MCEER-04-0009; 9/15/2004; 142 pages;


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Nonlinear Structural Analysis Towards Collapse Simulation: A Dynamical Systems Approach

M.V. Sivaselvan and A.M. Reinhorn; MCEER-04-0005; 6/16/2004; 200 pages;


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Cyclic Testing of Braces Laterally Restrained by Steel Studs to Enhance Performance During Earthquakes

O.C. Celik, J.W. Berman and M. Bruneau; MCEER-04-0003; 3/16/2004; 250 pages;


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Tension, Compression and Cyclic Testing of Engineered Cementitious Composite Materials

K. Kesner, S.L. Billington; MCEER-04-0002; 3/1/2004; 120 pages;


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Experimental Study of Seismic Isolation Systems with Emphasis on Secondary System Response and Verification of Accuracy of Dynamic Response History Analysis Methods

E.D. Wolff, M.C. Constantinou; MCEER-04-0001; 1/16/2004; 158 pages; The experimental results, sample input files, and analytical vs. experimental response from SAP2000 and 3D-BASIS-ME can be downloaded from here.


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Proceedings of the Workshop on Lessons from the World Trade Center Terrorist Attack

Edited by Michel Bruneau; MCEER-02-SP08; 10/18/2002; 172 pages; A summary of this report can be viewed here. Information about MCEER's research efforts on the WTC disaster are described here.


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Engineering and Organizational Issues Related to the World Trade Center Terrorist Attack: Emergency Response in the Wake of the World Trade Center Attack: The Remote Sensing Perspective

C.K. Huyck and B.J. Adams; MCEER-02-SP05; 7/30/2002; 56 pages; Information about MCEER's research efforts on the WTC disaster are described here.


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Engineering and Organizational Issues Related to the World Trade Center Terrorist Attack: Reconnaissance and Preliminary Assessment of a Damaged Building Near Ground Zero

J.W. Berman, G. Warn, A. Whittaker and M. Bruneau; MCEER-02-SP03; 4/30/2002; 40 pages; Information about MCEER's research efforts on the WTC disaster are described here.


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Engineering and Organizational Issues Related to the World Trade Center Terrorist Attack: Overview of Damage to Buildings Near Ground Zero

M. Bruneau, A. Whittaker, A.Reinhorn; MCEER-02-SP02; 3/2/2002; 46 pages; Information about MCEER's research efforts on the WTC disaster are described here.


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Overcoming Obstacles to Implementing Earthquake Hazard Mitigation Policies: Stage 1 Report

D.J. Alesch and W.J. Petak; MCEER-01-0004; 12/17/2001; 108 pages;


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Sliding Fragility of Unrestrained Equipment in Critical Facilities

W.H. Chong, T.T. Soong; MCEER-00-0005; 6/28/2000; 140 pages;


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Proceedings of the MCEER Workshop for Seismic Hazard Mitigation of Health Care Facilitities

Edited by George C. Lee, Mohammed Ettouney, Mircea Grigoriu, Jerome Hauer, Joanne Nigg; MCEER-00-0002; 3/29/2000; 134 pages; A workshop summary is provided.


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The New York City Seismic Code: Local Law 17/95

The New York City Seismic Code Committee; MCEER-99-SP06; 12/1/1999; 0 pages; This report is only offered as a PDF and can be downloaded from here.


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Passive Energy Dissipation Systems for Structural Design and Retrofit

M.C.Constantinou, T.T.Soong, G.F.Dargush; MCEER-98-MN01; 7/31/1998; 320 pages;


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Seismic Vulnerability of Equipment in Critical Facilities: Life-Safety and Operational Consequences

K.Porter, G.Johnson, M.Zadeh, C.Scawthorn, S.Eder; NCEER-93-0022; 11/24/1993; 380 pages;


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Active Isolation for Seismic Protection of Operating Rooms

M.E.Talbott (Supervised by M.Shinozuka); NCEER-90-0010; 6/8/1990; 88 pages;