Connectors for Earthquake Resistant Structures

by Karen Colonias, Product Development - Simpson, Strong-Tie Co, Inc., San Leandro, United States,

Document Type: Proceeding Paper

Part of: Structural Engineering in Natural Hazards Mitigation


Damage assessments from the past several earthquakes located on the northern, central and southern zones of the San Andreas Fault - Cape Mendocino: April 1992, 7.1; Loma Prieta: October 1989, 7.1; and Yucca Valley: June 1992, 7.4 - have shown the same types of failures to wood frame structures. This paper will focus on typical earthquake failures and the connections needed to help prevent them.

Subject Headings: Connections (structural) | Earthquakes | Earthquake resistant structures | Structural reliability | Wood structures | Failure analysis | Wood frames | Damage (structural)

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