Category Archives: Projects

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Buckling Restrained Brace Subassemblage Testing

Our research group teamed up with Bluescope to test an innovative all-steel buckling restrained brace that they developed.  A subassemblage test setup was used to show that the new brace satisfies the qualification criteria in the AISC Seismic Provisions.

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Implementing BIM in Structural Engineering Curricula

This goal of this project is to develop a strategy and the related material for the incorporation of Building Information Modeling (BIM) into undergraduate and graduate curricula. To facilitate the instruction of students on the BIM process, a series of … Continue reading

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Testing of Steel Crates

Our group has done multiple projects with industry collaborators to investigate the behavior of steel crates.  Steel crates are used for storing and shipping a variety of products.  The stability of these steel crates during transport, handling, and storage is … Continue reading

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Development of New Spectral Matching Algorithms

Time domain spectral matching of an earthquake ground motion consists of iteratively adding sets of wavelets to an acceleration history until the resulting response spectrum sufficiently matches a target spectrum. The spectral matching procedure is at its core a nonlinear … Continue reading

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Seismic Moment Connections for Deep Beams with NonCompact and Slender Webs

This project is led by co-PI’s Matthew R. Eatherton and Thomas M. Murray. Typical built-up sections for pre-engineered metal buildings have thin webs relative to rolled I-sections.  The web slenderness (h/tw) for deep built-up members can be considerably larger than … Continue reading

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Self-Centering Beams for Resilient Earthquake Resistance

A self-contained self-centering beam (SCB) has been developed that provides self-centering seismic behavior with enhanced constructability (Darling 2012).  The SCB consists of a beam with concentric tubes connected to the bottom flange.  The tubes at the bottom flange are precompressed … Continue reading

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Ring-Shaped Steel Plate Shear Walls

The ring-shaped steel plate shear wall (RS-SPSW) builds on the advantages of conventional solid steel plate shear walls, but has improved seismic performance, reduced demands on boundary elements, and allows simple shear beam-to-column connections.  The RS-SPSW consists of a SPSW … Continue reading

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Super High Tension Bolts

Super high tension bolts (designated as XTB) were developed in Japan and are currently being used in construction in Japan.  The minimum specified tensile strength is 200 ksi as compared to 150 ksi for ASTM A490 Bolts.  There is a … Continue reading

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Prefabricated Building Modules for Sustainable Construction

As reported in the literature, approximately 50% of the global oil supply has been depleted.  Metals are being mined, used, and discarded, such as 26% of the extractable copper and 19% of the zinc in the Earth’s crust that are … Continue reading

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Effect of Fasteners and Defects in the Protected Zone on the Performance of Moment Frames

This research is investigating the effect of fasteners and defects applied in the protected zone on the ductility, low cycle fatigue performance, and inelastic rotation capacity of steel beam-to-column moment frame connections. Special moment resisting frames (SMRF) depend on large … Continue reading

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