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Publications: Research Reports: Nonstructural Project
CUREE Publications Clearinghouse
Over of the course of the past 25 years, CUREE has produced a number of reports and other publications for the purposes of furthering civil engineering (particularly with earthquake engineering) for the purposed of research, education and implementation. Provided below is an archive of many of these publications, available for free download.

Research Reports

NIST Seismic Design Technical Brief Series

Produced by CUREE, in partnership with ATC for the National Institute of Standards and Technology (NIST), this popular series of technical guides offer full color, highly illustrated mini-reports on various cutting edge topics in the area of earthquake and civil engineering.

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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This TechBrief addresses the design, specification, and construction of of Special Reinforced Concrete Moment Frames. Model building code requirements and leading practitioner-recognized techniques are synthesized to produce clear and concise design and construction guidance for use by structural designers.


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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This TechBrief addresses the design, specification, and construction of Special Steel Moment Frames. Model building code requirements and leading practitioner-recognized techniques are synthesized to produce clear and concise design and construction guidance for use by structural designers.


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 TechBrief addresses the analysis and design of reinforced concrete diaphragms for buildings. This techbrief is 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 structural engineers.


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 TechBrief addresses the application of current commercially available software and other analytical tools for conducting nonlinear structural analysis modeling for seismic design of buildings. This techbrief is a synthesis of nonlinear structural modeling and analysis techniques that have been developed by researchers and leading practitioners, resulting in clear and concise analytical guidance for use by structural engineers.


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 TechBrief addresses the analysis, design, and detailing of steel deck diaphragms for steel buildings that must resist lateral forces from inertial effects in earthquakes. This Seismic Design Technical Brief is 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. 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 TechBrief addresses the analysis, design, and detailing of special reinforced concrete shear walls that must resist lateral forces from inertial effects in earthquakes. This Seismic Design Technical Brief is 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.


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 TechBrief addresses Reinforced Concrete Mat Foundations (RCMF) for structures that must resist lateral forces resulting from inertial effects in earthquakes. This techbrief is 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.


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 TechBrief addresses Steel Special Concentrically Braced Frames (SCBF), including buckling restrained braced frames (BRBF). This TechBrief is 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.


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 TechBrief addresses the analysis and design of Special Reinforced Masonry Shear Walls for building structures in regions of moderate and high seismicity. This technical brief is 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.


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 TechBrief 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. This techbrief synthesizes model building code requirements and leading practitioner-recognized techniques, resulting in clear and concise analysis, design, and construction guidance on structural wood diaphragm systems for use by practicing structural engineers.


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 TechBrief 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.


Upcoming releases

SECOND EDITION
NEHRP Seismic Design Technical Brief No. 1 (NIST GCR 16-917-40)
Seismic Design of Reinforced Concrete Special Moment Frames
A Guide for Practicing Engineers

by Jack P. Moehle and John D. Hooper, 2016, 46 pages.

(Updated with references to ASCE 7-16, ACI 318-14.)

SECOND EDITION
NEHRP Seismic Design Technical Brief No. 2 (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, 40 pages.

(Updated with references to ASCE 7-16, AISC 341-16, and AISC 358-16.)

NEHRP Seismic Design Technical Brief No. 12 (NIST GCR 16-917-38)
Seismic Design of Cold-Formed Steel Lateral Load Resisting Systems
A Guide for Practicing Engineers
by Robert Madsen, Thomas Castle, and Benjamin Schafer
(Fall 2016)



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