Preliminary results of the shake-table testing for the development of a diaphragm seismic design methodology

Matthew J. Schoettler, Andrea Belleri, Zhang Dichuan, José I. Restrepo, Robert B. Fleischman

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This paper reports the design, construction, and preliminary results of a three-story precast concrete building built at half scale and tested under input ground motions on the George B. Brown Jr. Network of Earthquake Engineering Simulation's Large High-Performance Outdoor Shake Table at the University of California, San Diego. This building was tested in support of the development of a diaphragm seismic design methodology project funded by the Precast/Prestressed Concrete Institute, the National Science Foundation, and the Charles Pankow Foundation and developed jointly by the University of Arizona; University of California, San Diego; Lehigh University; and the precast, prestressed concrete industry. The test structure had a rectangular plan and incorporated a pretopped double-tee diaphragm with welded chords, a noncomposite-topped diaphragm on hollow-core units, and a composite-topped diaphragm on double-tee floor units. The unique research opportunity of testing a complete structural system at large scale was exploited to the fullest extent by subjecting the building to 16 significant-input ground motions while 640 sensors dynamically recorded the development of a number of damage-limit states in various elements and connections in the structure.

Original languageEnglish (US)
Pages (from-to)100-124
Number of pages25
JournalPCI Journal
Issue number1
StatePublished - Jan 2009


  • DSDM
  • Diaphragm
  • Double-tee
  • Floor
  • Hollow-core
  • Rocking wall
  • Seismic
  • Shake table
  • Test

ASJC Scopus subject areas

  • Civil and Structural Engineering
  • Building and Construction
  • General Materials Science
  • Mechanics of Materials


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