CUREE Publications

Provided below is an archive of various CUREE research publications, available for free download.

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NIST Seismic Design Technical Brief Series

Produced by CUREE, in partnership with the Applied Technology Council for the National Institute of Standards and Technology (NIST), these illustrated Seismic Design Technical Briefs are a synthesis of model building code requirements and leading practitioner-recognized techniques, resulting in clear and concise analysis, design, and construction guidance for use by practicing structural engineers.

This series is also available through NIST at:
http://www.nehrp.gov/library/techbriefs.htm



NEHRP Seismic Design Technical Brief No. 1 (NIST GCR 8-917-1)
Seismic Design of Reinforced Concrete Special Moment Frames 
A Guide for Practicing Engineers 

by Jack P. Moehle, John D. Hooper, and Chris D. Lubke, 2008, 31 pages.
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NEHRP Seismic Design Technical Brief No. 1 - Second Edition (NIST CGR 16-917-40)
A Guide for Practicing Engineers 
by Jack P. Moehle and John D. Hooper, 2016, 42 pages.
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These Technical Briefs address the design, specification, and construction of of Special Reinforced Concrete Moment Frames.


NEHRP Seismic Design Technical Brief No. 2 (NIST GCR 09-917-3)
Seismic Design of Steel Special Moment Frames
A Guide for Practicing Engineers 
by Ronald O. Hamburger, Helmut Krawinkler, James O. Malley, and Scott M. Adan, 2009, 37 pages.
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NEHRP Seismic Design Technical Brief No. 2 - Second Edition (NIST GCR 16-917-41)
Seismic Design of Steel Special Moment Frames
A Guide for Practicing Engineers 
by Ronald O. Hamburger and James O. Malley, 2016, 36 pages.
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These Technical Briefs address the design, specification, and construction of Special Steel Moment Frames.


NEHRP Seismic Design Technical Brief No. 3 (NIST GCR 10-917-4)
Seismic Design of Cast-in-Place Concrete Diaphragms, Chords, and Collectors
A Guide for Practicing Engineers 
by Jack P. Moehle, John D. Hooper, Dominic J. kelly, and Thomas R. Meyer, 2010, 33 pages.
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This Technical Brief addresses the analysis and design of reinforced concrete diaphragms for buildings.


NEHRP Seismic Design Technical Brief No. 4 (NIST GCR 10-917-5)
Nonlinear Structural Analysis For Seismic Design
A Guide for Practicing Engineers 
by Gregory G. Deierlein, Andrei M. Reinhorn, and Michael R. Willford, 2010, 36 pages.
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This Technical Brief addresses the application of current commercially available software and other analytical tools for conducting nonlinear structural analysis modeling for seismic design of buildings.


NEHRP Seismic Design Technical Brief No. 5 (NIST GCR 11-917-10)
Seismic Design of Composite Steel Deck and Concrete-filled Diaphragms
A Guide for Practicing Engineers 
by Rafael Sabelli, Thomas A. Sabol, and W. Samuel Easterling, 2011, 38 pages.
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This Technical Brief addresses the analysis, design, and detailing of steel deck diaphragms for steel buildings that must resist lateral forces from inertial effects in earthquakes. Its scope largely excludes metal-deck-only diaphragms, a topic planned for a future Technical Brief.


NEHRP Seismic Design Technical Brief No. 6 (NIST GCR 11-917-11REV-1)
Seismic Design of Cast-in-Place Concrete Special Structural Walls and Coupling Beams
A Guide for Practicing Engineers 
by Jack. P. Moehle, Tony Ghodsi, John D. Hooper, David C. Fields, Rajnikanth Gedhada, 2011, 41 pages.
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This Technical Brief addresses the analysis, design, and detailing of special reinforced concrete shear walls that must resist lateral forces from inertial effects in earthquakes.


NEHRP Seismic Design Technical Brief No. 7 (NIST GCR 12-917-22)
Seismic Design of Reinforced Concrete Mat Foundations
by Ron Klemencic, Ian S. McFarlane, Neil M. Hawkins, and Sissy Nikolaou, 2012, 33 pages.
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This Technical Brief addresses Reinforced Concrete Mat Foundations (RCMF) for structures that must resist lateral forces resulting from inertial effects in earthquakes.


NEHRP Seismic Design Technical Brief No. 8 (NIST GCR 13-917-24)
Seismic Design of Steel Special Concentrically Braced Frame Systems
by Rafael Sabelli, Charles W. Roeder, and Jerome F. Hajjar, 2013, 36 pages.
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This Technical Brief addresses Steel Special Concentrically Braced Frames (SCBF), including buckling restrained braced frames (BRBF).


NEHRP Seismic Design Technical Brief No. 9 (NIST GCR 14-917-31)
Seismic Design of Special Reinforced Masonry Shear Walls
by Gregory R. Kingsley, P. Benson Shing, and Thomas Gangel, 2014, 42 pages.
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This Technical Brief addresses the analysis and design of Special Reinforced Masonry Shear Walls for building structures in regions of moderate and high seismicity.


NEHRP Seismic Design Technical Brief No. 10 (NIST GCR 14-917-32)
Seismic Design of Cast-in-Place Concrete Diaphragms, Chords, and Collectors
by Kelly E. Cobeen, J. Daniel Dolan, Douglas Thompson, and John W. van de Lindt, 2014, 47 pages.
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This Technical Brief addresses the analysis, design, detailing, and construction of structural wood roof, floor and wall diaphragm systems for use as lateral load-resisting systems in buildings in areas of moderate to high seismic activity.


NEHRP Seismic Design Technical Brief No. 11 (NIST GCR 15-917-34)
Seismic Design of Steel Buckling-Restrained Braced Frames
by Ryan A. Kersting, Larry A. Fahnestock, and Walterio A Lopez, 2015, 34 pages.
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This Technical Brief addresses the seismic design of steel BRBFs in typical building applications within regions of moderate to high seismic hazard, corresponding to Seismic Design Categories (SDC) C through F as defined in ASCE 7. Because current standards address and allow only the use of BRBFs in all-steel frames, composite applications are not addressed in this Guide, but many of the same topics and considerations are applicable. Results from experimental testing and numerical simulations are used to illustrate the rationale underlying design and detailing provisions.


NEHRP Seismic Design Technical Brief No. 12 (NIST GCR 16-917-38)
Seismic Design of Steel Buckling-Restrained Braced Frames
by Robert L. Madsen, Thomas A. Castle, and Benjamin W. Schafer, 2016, 52 pages.
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This Technical Brief addresses the seismic design of steel BRBFs in typical building applications within regions of moderate to high seismic hazard, corresponding to Seismic Design Categories (SDC) C through F as defined in ASCE 7. Because current standards address and allow only the use of BRBFs in all-steel frames, composite applications are not addressed in this Guide, but many of the same topics and considerations are applicable. Results from experimental testing and numerical simulations are used to illustrate the rationale underlying design and detailing provisions.


NEHRP Tech Briefs
CUREE-Kajima
SAC Steel
Woodframe Project
CEA General Guidelines
NEES Nonstructural