CUREE: The Organization
CUREE is a non-profit organization devoted to the advancement of earthquake engineering research, education and implementation.
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Woodframe Project
NIST Technical Briefs
NEES Nonstructural Project
CUREE-Kajima Program

Publications: Research Reports: Woodframe 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
Northridge Meadows Apartment Collapse

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-10: Reliability Studies
by D. Rosowsky and J. H. Kim, 2002, 60 pages.


Studies modeling uncertainty analysis and response variability analysis, and develops a reliability-based
approach to shearwall design/selection.

Table of Contents:

Table of Contents
List of Tables
List of Figures


Objectives and Scope
Reliability Analysis Approach
Approach to Shearwall Design/Selection

Analytical Model (CASHEW) and Ground Motion Records

Distribution Functions (Exceedence Probability Curves)

Sensitivity Studies

Fastener Hysteretic Properties
Ground Motion Records
Sheathing Materials
Fastener Spacing
Panel Layout

Additional Studies

Shake-Table Test Walls
Model Uncertainty
Missing Fasteners
Incremental Dynamic Analysis (IDA)

Specific Walls and Wall Parameters

Baseline Wall Analysis

Post-Processing of Results
Performance Curves
Design Charts

Discussion and Suggestions for Future Work

Analytical Model
Connector Variability
Range of Walls Considered
Construction Tolerances, Quality
Effects of Nonstructural Finishes
Durability Issues
Generalized Methodology (Other Seismic Regions)
Fragility Analysis



Appendix: Selected Slides from Presentations at Element 1 Research Meetings

File Download Type Size
CUREEpub_W-10 PDF 5.1 MB

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