American Society of Civil Engineers

Seismic Testing of Full-Scale Steel Building—Part I

by Douglas A. Foutch, M.ASCE, (Assoc. Prof. of Civ. Engrg., Univ. of Illinois, Urbana, IL 61801), Subhash C. Goel, M.ASCE, (Prof. of Civ. Engrg., Univ. of Michigan, Ann Arbor, MI 48109), and Charles W. Roeder, M.ASCE, (Prof. of Civ. Engrg., Univ. of Washington, Seattle, WA 98195)

Journal of Structural Engineering, Vol. 113, No. 11, November 1987, pp. 2111-2129, (doi:

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Abstract: This paper is the first part of a two part summary of a series of seismic tests on a full-scale steel building. The design and construction of the test structure are described and the instrumentation and the test procedures are noted. The phase I tests consists of a series of tests on a concentrically braced frame. During the moderate test a connection panel zone failed, and this resulted in a reduction in the strength and stiffness of the structure. However, the connection was repaired and the test was continued. Brace buckling occurred at a number of levels in the final test and ultimately led to a rupture which concluded the phase I testing. These tests provide valuable information on the elastic and inelastic behavior of braced frames, and they further illustrate the importance of the connection details and ductility in seismic design.

ASCE Subject Headings:
Seismic tests
Steel structures
Full-scale tests