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30 Jul 2012 | Publications
As part of the project entitled “NEESR-GC: Simulation of the Seismic Performance of Nonstructural System,” a series of system-level full-scale experiments of ceilings-piping-partition systems will be conducted at the University of Nevada, Reno NEES Site. This project is aimed at...
20 Nov 2014 | Publications | Contributor(s): Siavash Soroushian, Manos Maragakis, Keri L Ryan, Eiji Sato, Tomohiro Sasaki, Taichiro Okazaki, Lee Tedesco, Arash E. Zaghi, Gilberto Mosqueda, Dennis Alvarez
Nonstructural systems constitute a significant portion of the total property of typical buildings. Recent earthquakes have conclusively demonstrated that nonstructural damage results in significant loss of property and function with major catastrophic impact on communities. As part of the...
A full-scale, two-story, two-by-one bay, steel braced-frame was subjected to a number of unidirectional ground motions using three shake tables at the UNR-NEES site. The test-bed frame was designed to study the seismic performance of nonstructural systems including steel-framed gypsum partition...
29 Jul 2011 | Publications | Contributor(s): Zbigniew David Czupak
This dissertation describes development of a procedure for obtaining high quality, optical grade sand coupons from frozen sand specimens of Ottawa 20/30 sand for image processing and analysis to quantify soil structure along with a methodology for quantifying the microstructure from the images.
29 Jul 2013 | Publications | Contributor(s): Angel Gutierrez
The effect of earthquake-induced liquefaction on the local void ratio distribution of cohesionless soil is evaluated using x-ray computed tomography (CT) and an advanced image processing software package. Intact, relatively undisturbed specimens of cohesionless soil were recovered before and...
30 Jul 2010 | Publications | Contributor(s): Matthew Eatherton
Current U.S. building codes and earthquake engineering practice utilize inelasticity in the seismic force resisting system to dissipate seismic energy and protect against collapse. Inelasticity in conventional structures can lead to structural damage distributed throughout the building and...
This data report describes the centrifuge test that was performed in June 2006 on the UC Davis geotechnical centrifuge. The purpose of the test was to develop the instruments and materials for in-flight grouting and simulate and study the working mechanisms and properties of grouted...
Conventional concentrically braced steel frames are not capable of redistributing large unbalanced vertical forces caused by brace buckling through the system. This creates many design challenges to engineers. In order to retain the advantages of providing efficient stiffness and...
26 May 2010 | Publications | Contributor(s): Benton Johnson
Structural walls, or shear walls, are elements used to resist lateral loads, such as those generated by wind and earthquakes. Structural walls are considerably deeper than typical beams or columns. This attribute gives structural walls considerable in-plane stiffness which makes structural walls...