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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-06: Shake Table Tests of a Two-Story Woodframe House
by D. Fischer, A. Filiatrault, B. Folz, C.-M. Uang, and F. Seible, 2001, 611 pages.


Shake table experimentation was performed on a simplified full-scale two-story single-family house to quantify the building's overall dynamic responses for various construction configurations and to document how the distribution of forces within the structure may change between the various configurations.

Table of Contents:


Chapter 1 Introduction

1.1 Description of the CUREe-Caltech Woodframe Project
1.2 Description of Task 1.1.1: Shake Table Tests of a Simplified Two-Story Single Family House

Chapter 2 Literature Review on Full-Scale Testing of Woodframe Structures

2.1 Review of Previous Studies
2.2 Motivation for Research

Chapter 3 Test Structure and Testing Objectives

3.1 Description of Test Structure
3.2 UC San Diego Uniaxial Seismic Simulation Facility
3.3 Experimental Setup
3.4 Testing Objectives

Chapter 4 Description of Shake Table Tests

4.1 Testing Sequences
4.2 Description of Test Phases 1 – 4
4.3 Description of Test Phase 5
4.4 Description of Test Phase 6
4.5 Description of Test Phase 6A
4.6 Description of Test Phase 7
4.7 Description of Test Phase 7A
4.8 Description of Test Phase 8
4.9 Description of Test Phase 9
4.10 Description of Test Phase 10
4.11 Supplemental Weight Distribution

Chapter 5 Description of Instrumentation for Shake Table Tests

5.1 Types of Instrumentation for Shake Table Tests
5.2 Instrumentation for Test Phases 1 – 4
5.3 Instrumentation for Test Phase 5
5.4 Instrumentation for Test Phases 6 & 6A
5.5 Instrumentation for Test Phase 7
5.6 Instrumentation for Test Phase 7A
5.7 Instrumentation for Test Phase 8
5.8 Instrumentation for Test Phase 9
5.9 Instrumentation for Test Phase 10

Chapter 6 Determination of Material Properties

6.1 Moisture Content and Specific Gravity of Wood Materials
6.2 Hysteretic Properties of Sheathing to Framing Lumber Connections
6.3 Compressive Strength of Exterior Stucco

Chapter 7 Results of Quasi-Static Tests

7.1 Diaphragm Analysis
7.2 Variation of Global Stiffness, Shear Stiffness, Flexural Stiffness, and Damping of Diaphragm
7.3 Diaphragm Flexibility
7.4 Diaphragm Deflection Using Code Equations
7.5 Phase Lag Between Shear and Global Diaphragm Deformation
7.6 Conclusions and Recommendations

Chapter 8 Results of Frequency Evaluation Tests

8.1 Testing Procedure
8.2 Data Analysis
8.3 Variation of Natural Frequency
8.4 Variation of Normalized Lateral Stiffness
8.5 Variation of Mode Shapes

Chapter 9 Results of Damping Evaluation Tests

9.1 Testing Procedure
9.2 Data Analysis
9.3 Damping Test Results

Chapter 10 Results of Seismic Tests

10.1 Shake Table Fidelity
10.2 Description of Test Results
10.3 Selected Comparative Seismic Responses
10.4 Summary of Seismic Test Results

Chapter 11 Numerical Modeling of Test Structure

11.1 Description of Pancake Model
11.2 Shearwall Hysteretic Parameters
11.3 Pushover Analysis
11.4 Comparison of Fundamental Frequencies and Mode Shapes
11.5 Comparison of Numerical Results with Experimental Results for Test Phase 9

Chapter 12 Summary and Conclusions

12.1 Summary
12.2 Conclusions

Chapter 13 Appendices

Appendix A Architectural and Structural Drawings of Test Structure
Appendix B Description of Experimental Tests
Appendix C Instrumentation
Appendix D Sheathing to Framing Lumber Connection Test Results
Appendix E Selected Quasi-Static Results
Appendix F Selected Frequency Test Results
Appendix G Selected Damping Test Results
Appendix H Selected Seismic Results – Shake Table Fidelity
Appendix I Selected Seismic Results – Visual Damage
Appendix J Selected Seismic Results – Displacement and AccelerationTime-Histories
Appendix K Selected Seismic Results – Base Shear Force-Displacement Hysteresis Loops
Appendix L Selected Seismic Results – Peak Anchor Bolt Forces
Appendix M Selected Seismic Results – Peak Sill Plate and Holdown Stud Uplift
Appendix N Selected Seismic Results – Sill Plate Slippage
Appendix O Comparison of Experimental and Numerical Results for Phase 9

Chapter 14 References

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