January 15, 2004
2004 MCEER Annual Meeting
Lack of Fragilities of Nonstructural
Components and Systems
Difficult to define problem and real need – what really are
the performance goals for nonstructural components ?
An immense number of nonstructural system and
components – which ones are significant ?
The demands on nonstructural components and systems
are complex – function of building response (both
acceleration and drift).
Difficult to quantify fragilities of individual systems. Very
installation sensitive (both design and installation).
To date, very little fragility data available (supplier
proprietary data, SQUG data, some research data)