Seismic Design of Multi-Story, Wood-Framed Buildings

by Douglas L. Sarkkinen, Kramer Gehlen & Associates Inc, Vancouver, United States,

Document Type: Proceeding Paper

Part of: 21st Century Timber Engineering


The seismic design and analysis of wood-framed structures is relatively simple; however, the challenges that present themselves within this design medium are shear and overturning force transfers and the ever-increasing complexity of buildings yielding discontinuous shear walls, minimal shear elements, irregular shapes, etc. Past earthquakes have demonstrated, however, that well-designed and constructed wood structures perform very well due to their flexible nature, redundancies and inherent ductility. Finally, there are clear areas where further research could be beneficial to refine and optimize wood-frame, lateral-load resisting structural systems to keep them cost competitive.

Subject Headings: Seismic design | Wood structures | Building design | Seismic tests | Wood frames | Mid-rise buildings | Shear walls | Shear forces

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