May 30, 2004

Glass Facade Assessment

Abstract: Glass is the most widely used building facade material. No other material matches its optical clarity, durability, economy, and ability to control light and heat transfer. Despite these attractive properties, the inherent brittleness...

May 30, 2004

Service Life Tests for Roofing Membranes

By: Cash, Carl G., Bailey D.M., Paroli R.M., Arthur Davies, David Niles, Delgado A.H.

Abstract: This research measured selected physical characteristics of twelve roofing membranes before and after oven heat and ultraviolet exposure. To make these data useful for comparing values, identical test methods and conditions were used...

April 29, 2004

Structural Design of Polypropylene Chambers Using Plastic Pipe Analysis, Design, and Test Methods

By: Jesse Beaver, McGrath, Timothy J., Phillip Sharff

Abstract: Plastic pipe has been used for many years in applications to control surface water runoff by detention, retention, and infiltration. Review of deficiencies with available pipe geometries resulted in creation of a new product,...

April 1, 2004

Office Fit-Out and Floor Vibrations

By: Christopher Hewitt, Thomas M. Murray

Gone are the days of offices with tall partitions, heavy file cabinets, and large, filled bookshelves, and with them has gone the inherent redundancy of office buildings against floor vibration. Although sometimes mistakenly associated with the...

March 30, 2004

Design of steel structures for blast-related progressive collapse resistance

By: Ronald Hamburger, Whittaker, Andrew

Abstract: Structural design of steel structures in buildings to resist the effects of potential blasts is discussed. Steel building systems are found to be ideal due to the toughness of structural steel as a material and the relative ease of...

March 30, 2004

Effects of Reference Displacement and Damage Accumulation in Wood Shear Walls

By: Jeffrey Langlois, Gupta R., Miller T.

Abstract: The objectives of this study were: (1) to evaluate the effect of reference displacement on wall behavior under fully reversed cyclic loading using the Consortium of Universities for Research in Earthquake Engineering (CUREE) test...

January 30, 2004

Thrust Restraint Design of Concrete Pressure Pipe

Abstract: A finite-element model of a buried pipeline consisting of concrete pressure pipe segments and joints is developed for analysis of longitudinal effects resulting from pressure-induced thrust at a bend. The model accounts for longitudinal...

January 30, 2004

Rising to the Challenge: Roofing Rehabilitation of the New York State Capitol

By: Niklas Vigener, James Jamieson

Abstract: Consider a list of single conditions that can make any roofing project significantly more challenging:|- Complex roof geometries and conditions|- A plethora of different roofing materials|- Extremely steep roof slopes|- Difficult access...

January 28, 2004

Rationale Behind and Proper Application of the Ductility Factor for Bracing Connections Subjected to Shear and Transverse Loading

By: Christopher Hewitt, William A. Thornton

In 1990, AISC and ASCE jointly commissioned a task group to develop a design philosophy for predicting the strength of bracing connections. The design methods in place prior to that time were only applicable to connections made to the webs of...

December 31, 2003

Analysis and performance of PCCP Mortar Coating

By: Mauro Scali, Paul Scheiner, Rasko Ojdrovic, Mehdi Zarghamee, Aquino W.

Abstract: The evaluation of cement mortar coatings on prestressed concrete cylinder pipes (PCCP) may include such techniques as petrographic examination, material testing, and environmental testing of soil and groundwater. Petrographic analysis...