Testing of the NEESR Project "NEESR-CR: Hybrid Masonry Seismic Structural Systems", headed by PI Daniel Abrams, is continuing in the MUST-SIM facility. This will be the fifth in a series of tests to be conducted. The research will enable a new technology for earthquake resistant design of buildings, known as hybrid masonry. This innovative concept for improved seismic performance of low to mid-rise buildings located in all earthquake prone areas, including California, relies on the structural action of special reinforced concrete masonry panels that are attached to a conventional steel frame. Interactions with the surrounding steel frame, and novel steel link connectors that can be designed to act as fuses in dissipating seismic energy, make this a promising engineered system for enhancing seismic performance at a reduced cost and impact on the environment.
The third specimen has been installed in the test setup and it is anticipated that the loading protocol will be carried out soon. You can watch activity in the MUST-SIM laboratory live by going to the Live Webcam on the NEES@Illinois homepage.
September 6, 2013