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Seismic Testing of a Full-Scale Mid-Rise Building: The NEESWood Capstone Test

S. Pei, J. van de Lindt, S.E.Pryor, H. Shimizu, H. Isoda and D. Rammer

MCEER-10-0008 | 11/30/2010 | 150 pages

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TOC: The table of contents is provided.

Notes: To learn more about the NEESWood Project, click here.

Keywords: NEESWood Capstone Test. Seismic performance. Full-scale tests. Mid-rise structures. Woodframe structures. Shaking table tests. Residential structures. Interstory drifts. Damage. Performance-based designs. Light-frame structures.

Abstract: This report presents the results of a shake table testing program of a full-scale mid-rise light-frame wood apartment building tested at the world’s largest shake table in Miki, Japan as part of the NEESWood project funded by the U.S. National Science Foundation. The six-story building (with an additional steel moment frame story at bottom) consisted of 1,350 square meters of living space and had twenty-three apartment units; approximately half one-bedroom units and half two-bedroom units. The building was found to perform excellently with little damage even following the 2,500-year event for Los Angeles, CA earthquake. The interstory drift was well controlled thus validating the effectiveness of the performance-based design philosophy developed in the NEESWood project.