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NEES@Berkeley project highlight: NEESR-II: Toward Rapid Return to Occupancy in Unbraced Steel Frames

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These experimental research tests at nees@berkeley are part a project titled "Toward Rapid Return to Occupancy in Unbraced Steel Frames" funded by the National Science Foundation under award number 0830414. Hybrid testing was conducted on two different full-scale steel frames to validate the system response of the new Linked Column Frame (LCF) system. LCF is a brace-free structural steel lateral system capable of returning rapidly to functionality via replacement of key components. These replaceable "link" elements absorb the brunt of an earthquake's energy so that damage is minimized for the rest of the building. After an earthquake, the sacrificial links can be removed and easily replaced, making post-quake repair faster and less expensive. More information can be found at the nees@berkeley website:http://nees.berkeley.edu/Projects/

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  • Heidi Tremayne (Faison); Stephen Labounty; Peter Dusicka; Arlindo Lopes; NEES EOT (2013), "NEES@Berkeley project highlight: NEESR-II: Toward Rapid Return to Occupancy in Unbraced Steel Frames," http://nees.org/resources/7160.

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