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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.

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CUREE-Caltech Woodframe Project

The CUREE-Caltech Woodframe Project consisted of coordinated engineering investigations and implementation activities whose objective was to significantly reduce earthquake losses to woodframe construction. The project was funded by the Federal Emergency Management Agency (FEMA) through a grant administered by the California Governors Office of Emergency Services.

[See complete list of Woodframe Project publications.]

W-02: Development of a Testing Protocol for Woodframe Structures
H. Krawinkler, F. Parisi, L. Ibarra, A. Ayoub, and R. Medina, 2001, 74 pages.


This report offers recommendations for a protocol for quasi-static experimentation on components of woodframe structures and for shaking table experimentation on wooden houses. The emphasis is on the development of loading histories useful for a performance assessment at various performance levels, for the evaluation of various failure modes, and for the development of design equations and analytical models. Recommendations are made also on specimen fabrication, testing procedures, specimen instrumentation, and documentation results.

Table of Contents:


Objective and Scope

Proposed Testing Protocols
1. Testing Protocol for Deformation Controlled Quasi-Static Cyclic Testing
-- 1.1 Loading History for Ordinary Ground Motions (Basic Loading History)
-- 1.2 Loading History for Near-Fault Ground Motions (Near-Fault Loading History)
-- 1.3 Specimen Fabrication, Testing and Instrumentation Issues
-- 1.4 Documentation of Specimens and Test Results
2. Testing Protocol for Force Controlled Quasi-Static Cyclic Testing
-- 2.1 Loading History for Force Controlled Quasi-Static Cyclic Testing
-- 2.2 Specimen Fabrication, Testing, Instrumentation, and Documentation
3. Time Histories for Shaking Table Testing Figures

Commentary to Proposed Testing Protocols
C1. Considerations in Development of Loading Protocols
-- C1.1 Considerations for Deformation-Controlled Quasi-Static Cyclic Testing
-- C1.2 Considerations for Force Controlled Quasi-Static Cyclic Testing
-- C1.3 Considerations for Shaking Table Testing
C.2 Selection of Ground Motion Records
-- C.2.1 Set of Ordinary Records for Development of Basic Loading History
-- C.2.2 Small Events Preceding a Performance Assessment Event
-- C.2.3 Set of Near-Fault Records for Development of Near-Fault Loading History
C.3 Selection of Structural Systems for Prediction of Response
-- C.3.1 Common System Parameters
-- C.3.2 Hysteresis Models
C.4 Maximum Response Values
-- C.4.1 Results for Ordinary Ground Motions
-- C.4.2 Results for Near-Fault Ground Motions
C.5 Cumulative Damage Considerations
-- C.5.1 Cumulative Damage Issues
-- C.5.2 Process for Incorporating Cumulative Damage Effects into Loading History
C.6 Development of Representative Loading Histories
-- C.6.1 Development of Deformation Controlled Basic Loading History
-- C.6.2 Development of Deformation Controlled Near-Fault Loading History
-- C.6.3 Development of Force Controlled Loading History
C.7 Representative Input for Shaking Table Studies





Appendix A – Representative Results for Response to Ordinary Ground Motion

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