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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-15: Seismic Performance of Gypsum Walls: Experimental Test Program
by K. McMullin and D. Merrick, 2002,151 pages.


Investigations of seismic response and damage to gypsum drywall.

Table of Contents:


Chapter 1. Introduction

1. Primary Objective
2. Secondary Objectives
3. ASTM Standards for Partition Walls
4. Uniform Building Code Requirements for Partition Walls

Chapter 2. Literature Review

1. Introduction
2. Gypsum Wallboard Construction
---- 2.1 Common Practice of Gypsum Wallboard Installation
---- 2.2 Testing of Gypsum Wallboard Specimens
---- 2.3 Contractor Survey
---- 2.4 Existing Engineering Guidelines for Gypsum Wallboard
3. Portland Cement Construction
4. Cost-Damage Relationships Available in Literature
---- 4.1 Cost Estimates from Past Earthquakes
---- 4.2 Relative Cost of Wall Construction Components

Chapter 3. Experimental Test Program

1. Objective of Testing Program
2. Test Specimen
3. Test Variables
4. Test Instrumentation
5. Construction of Test Specimen
6. Innovative Systems
---- 6.1 Alternative Screws and Reinforced Corners
---- 6.2 Fiber-Reinforced Wallboard
7. Repair and Retest Specimens
8. Alterations to Original Construction

Chapter 4. Experimental Test Results

1. Damage Thresholds
2. Failure Modes
3. Monotonic Wall Behavior
---- 3.1 Influence of Tape and Compound
---- 3.2 Influence of Boundary Conditions
4. Cyclic Wall Behavior
5. Aspects of Wall Behavior
6. Comparison of Different Walls
---- 6.1 Comparison of Walls with Identical Construction
---- 6.2 Comparison of Walls with Different Fasteners and Fastener Spacings
---- 6.3 Comparison of Monotonic and Cyclic Load Protocols
---- 6.4 Comparison of Vertical Flexibility in the Middle of the Wall
---- 6.5 Comparison of Wall Openings
---- 6.6 Comparison of Floating Edge vs. Typical Construction
---- 6.7 Comparison of Beneficial Effect of Innovative Systems
---- 6.8 Influence of Door Frame and Baseboard

Chapter 5. Damage-Cost Relationship

1. Fragility Curves of Individual Damage Thresholds
2. Estimation Process
3. Comments Received from Estimators
4. Prediction of Cost as Related to Drift Ratio

Chapter 6. Conclusions and Recommendations

1. Conclusions
---- 1.1 Static vs. Dynamic Failure Patterns
---- 1.2 Revision of Control Displacement for Cyclic Loading
2. Recommendations

Appendix A – Survey of Typical Wallframe Construction
Appendix B – Gypsum Wallboard Repair Cost Estimation Sheets

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