Full Scale Tests of Cladding Components

by Marcy Li Wang, Univ of California, Berkeley, CA, USA,

Document Type: Proceeding Paper

Part of: Dynamic Response of Structures


A full scale, six story, steel frame at the Building Research Institute, Tsukuba, Japan was constructed for a series of projects in the U. S. -Japan Cooperative Research Program. This structure provided a unique opportunity to test nonstructural elements subjected to story drifts up to U. S. and Japanese code levels, in a realistic model. The U. S. side focused on precast concrete (PC) and glass fiber reinforced concrete (GFRC) cladding elements; the Japanese side tested internal nonstructural elements as well as cladding. This paper discusses several aspects of U. S. cladding performance revealed by the test, particularly those related to panel stresses induced by drift and affected by connection type.

Subject Headings: Fiber reinforced concrete | Cladding | Precast concrete | Full-scale tests | Steel frames | Nonstructural elements | Panels (structural)

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