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Andrei Reinhorn

Department of Civil, Structural & Environmental Engineering
University at Buffalo, State University of New York
Buffalo, New York

Consortium Members:

University at Buffalo

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Gold Membership

Armstrong World Industries

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Bronze Membership

Chicago Metallic

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USG Corporation

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Suspended Nonstructural Component Systems Consortium

Nonstructural Components Flyer (PDF)

MCEER and Armstrong World Industries have partnered to establish an industry consortium to examine and improve the earthquake resilience of Suspended Nonstructural Component Systems (SNCS). These include suspended ceilings, water and other piping, lighting, sprinkler systems, HVAC ducting, and other suspended nonstructural systems.

The foundational initiative of the consortium is the design and fabrication of an advanced state-of-the-art test platform and instrumentation for extensive study of the variety of suspended nonstructural component systems in today’s marketplace. MCEER and specifically, earthquake engineering researchers within the University at Buffalo Department of Civil, Structural and Environmental Engineering, have a long history of experimental studies, industry collaborations and product qualification tests, and assistance in the development of test protocols, standards, guidelines and codes relating to the seismic performance of nonstructural components – both suspended and other. In the fall of 2007, they commissioned the world’s first and only Nonstructural Components Simulator (NCS) in UB’s Structural Engineering and Earthquake Simulation Laboratory (SEESL).

Membership in the Suspended Nonstructural Component Systems Consortium is open to all manufacturers of these systems, including manufacturers and distributors of seismic restraints for suspended systems. The consortium comprises three levels of membership, Gold, Silver and Bronze. Member benefits include:

  1. Preferred access to new SNCS advanced test platforms, including no-cost, full-lifetime use of the platforms for qualification testing and studies (NOTE: a charge will be applied to all non-member contracts that involve use of the SNCS platforms)
  2. Laboratory discounts of 20% for Gold members, and 10% for Silver members, on testing services in UB’s SEESL for the initial five years of the program
  3. No-cost research planning, oversight and project development, to consortium members conducting experimental work in UB’s SEESL
  4. Membership on the SNCS Technical Oversight Committee (TOC), to set overall strategies, goals and schedules for joint collaborations between MCEER researchers and the SNCS membership

The levels of membership, Gold, Silver and Bronze have one-time payments of $20,000, $10,000, and $5,000, respectively. The membership funds will be used for the construction and further development of new testing systems and procedures matching other research sponsorship for the new generation of codes and standards.

For more information, contact via email or at 716-645-5151.