This project was developed to demonstrate the proper execution and potential benefits of performance-based structural fire design (PBSFD) for structural fire protection as an alternative to the traditional prescriptive method. This project includes the analysis of four regionally diverse, … [Read more...] about Advancing Performance-Based Structural Fire Engineering Design in the U.S.
This proposal investigates a new, modular steel floor framing and diaphragm system for commercial building structures with broad applicability, including high seismic zones. The proposed system has key benefits of increasing the speed of construction, including eliminating the pouring of a concrete … [Read more...] about Behavior of Modular Steel Plate Floor Assemblies
The objective of this this project is to explore the applicability of various ACI 318-14 provisions to the design of column-to-footing connections, and thereby to provide improved clarity about which provisions apply in which cases. This research will conduct physical tests on representative … [Read more...] about Anchoring Columns to Foundations
This research is focused on coupled core wall systems (CCW) that utilize steel coupling beams in low-seismic and wind applications. The current requirements for the analysis, design, and detailing of steel coupling beams provide for high seismic applications, but they fall short for applications … [Read more...] about Steel Coupling Beams in Low-Seismic and Wind Applications
This research looks to determine the nonlinear response of steel reinforced concrete (SRC) coupling beams under wind demands. Current design guidelines for SRC coupling beams consider nonlinear response to seismic demands, but there is a lack of research on the behavior and residual deformation … [Read more...] about Nonlinear Wind Design of Steel Reinforced Concrete Coupling Beams
The goal of the EC3 tool project is to transform building construction by transparently measuring, comparing, and reducing embodied carbon emissions from construction materials. Each year, the built environment contributes almost 40% of CO2 emissions worldwide, and it is estimated that there will be … [Read more...] about Embodied Carbon in Construction Calculator (EC3) Tool