July 31, 2019

Enhancing the Light – Curved Insulated Glass Unit Design Study

By: Adam Nizich, Sam Baer, Silvia Prandelli, Kelly Burkhart

Curved insulated glass units formed by tempered bending or annealed slumped bending offer a bold expression of architectural design with transparency and energy efficiency. As more skins with complex geometry are built, design teams need to...

July 31, 2019

Enhanced Effective Thickness Method for Cantilevered Laminated Glass Balustrades

By: Adam Nizich, Laura Galuppi

Cantilevered laminated glass balustrades supported by bearing in continuous base shoes are among the most ordinary applications of structural glass. The performance of laminated glass is commonly approximated with the Effective Thickness Method...

July 29, 2019

Damping modification factor for elastic floor spectra

By: Ricardo Medina, Hamidreza Anajafi

Nonstructural components (NSCs) housed in building structures are subject to semi-narrow band excitations generated via filtering of the ground motion by the supporting building. NSC design forces are generally provided based on adopting a 5% NSC...

July 16, 2019

Three Technologies to Watch in Fire, Life Safety

Many new fire and life safety technologies and innovations remain notable, and they may yet achieve greater use and application in the future. It is possible that some or all of them have achieved greater use in a specific market. There are...

July 1, 2019

Revisiting Earthquake Lessons - Non-ductile Concrete

The Richter magnitude 6.7 San Fernando Earthquake occurred on the morning of February 9, 1971 in the San Fernando Valley north of the city of Los Angeles. Also known as the Sylmar Earthquake, it caused 65 deaths, 2500 injuries and an estimated $...

June 20, 2019

Opposites Attract

Engineers and architects often encounter conditions where dissimilar metals are in contact. When these situations arise, it is appropriate to consider the corrosion susceptibility of the materials. Although the term corrosion can be broadly...

June 7, 2019

A Probabilistic Assessment of PWR SNF Pinching Failure Considering Hydride-related Cladding Embrittlement

By: Ricardo Medina, Elmar Eidelpes, Luis F. Ibarra

A probabilistic methodology to investigate pinching failure of pressurized water reactor (PWR) spent nuclear fuel (SNF) rod cladding is presented. The considered accident scenario is a 9-m SNF transportation cask drop after long-term SNF dry...

June 3, 2019

Common Smoke Control Approaches in High-rise Buildings

Although the rationale for providing redundant automatic systems to manage smoke movement in tall buildings where manual fire suppression activities cannot be easily undertaken is clear, it is less clear why there is so much...

May 28, 2019

Understanding Unitized Facade Systems and Mega Panel Applications

Prefabricated building enclosure systems can help project teams streamline construction schedules, reduce construction costs, and improve assembly quality.
May 20, 2019

Undercut and Grouted Anchors as Post-Installed Shear Reinforcement

By: Anthony Dondrea, Oguzhan Bayrak

Research and experience has shown that given specific loading scenarios and reinforcement configurations, reinforced concrete members may experience nonductile shear failures that can occur in sudden and brittle modes, often leading to structural...