Implementation of Higher Performance Structural Systems in the United States

April 29, 2006
Publication: Proceedings of the 8th U.S. National Conference on Earthquake Engineering, April 18-22, 2006, San Francisco, California, USA n 2180
Author(s): Ronald Mayes

Abstract: The development of more recent structural systems that perform better than standard moment frames, braced frames and shear walls occurred with the introduction of base isolation (1970's and 1980's), energy dissipation devices (viscous, hysteretic and friction, 1980's and 1990's), buckling restrained braces and active control systems (1990's). The paper will overview the development and implementation of these structural systems in the United States and assess current and future technologies that can be used to assess the best seismic performing structural systems.