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CUREE is a non-profit organization devoted to the advancement of earthquake engineering research, education and implementation.
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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-16: Nail, Wood Screw, and Staple Fastener Connections
by F. Fonseca, S. Rose, S. Campbell, 2002,161 pages.


Establishes a database for sheathing-to-wood framing connections from which parameters necessary for modeling purposes can be extracted.

Table of Contents:

Table of Contents



Test Matrix

Materials and Material Properties
-- Sheathing Panels
-- Wood Members
-- Fasteners

Specimen Assembly

Testing Setup
-- Testing Apparatus
-- Load Cell
-- Position Transducers
-- Testing Machine
-- Data Acquisition

Loading Protocol
-- Determination of the Reference Deformation
-- Reference Deformation for Nails
-- Reference Deformation for Wood Screws
-- Reference Deformation for Staples
-- Loading Rate

Preliminary Studies
-- Loading History
-- Friction

Simple Analysis

Data Reduction and Viewer
-- Stiffness and Strength Degradation Parameters
-- Load-Slip Curves
-- Data Viewer


File Download Type Size
CUREEpub_W-16 PDF 4.4 MB

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