Large-scale testing of low-ductility, concentrically-braced frames

C. Bradley, J. Sizemore, J. Nelson, R. Tremblay, E. M. Hines, Larry Alan Fahnestock

Research output: Chapter in Book/Report/Conference proceedingConference contribution


In regions of moderate seismic hazard, the costly structural detailing necessary to ensure adequate ductile performance of a braced frame during an earthquake event can be difficult to justify economically. Structural engineers, however, are permitted to design low-ductility systems if larger demands are assumed. In regions of moderate seismic hazard, this philosophy has proved to be economical and has resulted in widespread use of such low-ductility braced frame systems. Despite this popularity, the inelastic behavior and collapse performance of these systems are not currently understood at a fundamental level. A broadened understanding of the inelastic behavior of low-ductility braced frames can lead to an improved seismic design philosophy and provide practicing structural engineers with a coherent, rational, and transparent design approach applicable to moderate seismic regions. This research aims to identify low-ductility braced frame failure mechanisms and the sequence in which they occur, as well as to draw conclusions on the implications of the observed behavior contextually in building collapse performance.

Original languageEnglish (US)
Title of host publicationStructures Congress 2014 - Proceedings of the 2014 Structures Congress
EditorsGlenn R. Bell, Matt A. Card
PublisherAmerican Society of Civil Engineers
Number of pages12
ISBN (Electronic)9780784413357
StatePublished - 2014
EventStructures Congress 2014 - Boston, United States
Duration: Apr 3 2014Apr 5 2014

Publication series

NameStructures Congress 2014 - Proceedings of the 2014 Structures Congress


OtherStructures Congress 2014
Country/TerritoryUnited States

ASJC Scopus subject areas

  • Building and Construction
  • Civil and Structural Engineering


Dive into the research topics of 'Large-scale testing of low-ductility, concentrically-braced frames'. Together they form a unique fingerprint.

Cite this