This report is prepared for Softwood Lumber Board (SLB) by the NHERI TallWood Project team in order to provide a brief and timely update on the progress and preliminary research findings from the NHERI TallWood Project. This report is focused on the full-scale shake table test of a two-story mass timber building conducted during the summer of 2017 at NHERI@UC San Diego outdoor shake table.
The shake table test described in this report was conducted during a three-month period from June to August 2017. As the research team is still working on processing and analyzing the data obtained from the experiments, this report only discusses preliminary findings in a qualitative manner. The research team is expected to produce additional reports and publications based on the test results in the near future.
Seismically resilient, lateral systems for tall timber buildings can be created by combining cross laminated timber (CLT) panels with post-tensioned (PT) self-centering technology. The concept features a system of stacked CLT walls where particular stories are equipped to rock against the above and below floor diaphragms through PT connections and are supplemented with mild steel U-shaped flexural plate energy dissipation devices (UFPs). Experiments were conducted to better understand rocking CLT wall behavior and seismic performance. The testing program consisted of five single wall tests with varying PT areas, initial tensioning force, CLT panel composition, and rocking surface and one coupled wall test with UFPs as the coupling devices. The walls were tested with a quasi-static reverse-cyclic load protocol. The experimental results showed a ductile response and good energy dissipation qualities. To evaluate the feasibility and performance of the rocking CLT wall system, prototype designs were developed for 8 to 14 story buildings in Seattle using a performance-based seismic design procedure. Performance was assessed using numerical simulations performed in OpenSees for ground motions representing a range of seismic hazards. The results were used to validate the performance-based seismic design procedure for tall timber buildings with rocking CLT walls.
New Zealand Society for Earthquake Engineering Conference
April 27-29, 2017, Wellington, New Zealand
There is an increasing public pressure to have damage avoidant structural systems in order to minimize the destruction after severe earthquakes with no post-event maintenance. This study presents and investigates a hybrid steel-timber damage avoidant Lateral Load Resisting System (LLRS) using Cross Laminated Timber (CLT) walls coupled with innovative Resilient Slip Friction (RSF) joints and boundary steel columns. RSF joints are used as ductile links between the adjacent walls or between the walls and the columns. These joints are capable to provide a self-centring behaviour (the main deficiency of conventional friction joints) in addition to a high rate of energy dissipation all in one compact device. One significant advantage of this system is that there are practically no bending stresses in the CLT panels which considerably increases the allowable capacity of the system. A numerical model for a four story prototype building containing the proposed concept is developed and subjected to time-history simulations. The results confirm that this system can be considered as the new generation of resilient LLRSs for different types of structures.
Previous tests carried out on post-tensioned timber walls focused on small scale (one-third) specimens with the main objective of evaluating the general response of the system. The main objective of the experimental program herein presented is the testing and estimating of the response of a series two-third scale post-tensioned walls, with alternative arrangements and combination of dissipaters and post-tensioning, focusing on the construction details adopted in real practice.
The paper first presents a brief discussion on the seismic demand evaluation based on the Displacement-Based Design approach. The construction detailing of the steel dissipater connections, post-tensioning anchorage and shear keys are then presented.
The main objectives of the experimental program were the investigation of the experimental behaviour of large scale post-tensioned timber walls, with particular focus on the system connection detailing and optimization of post-tensioning anchorage, fastening of the dissipation devices and shear keys. The program consisted of several quasi-static cyclic tests considering different steel dissipater configurations, different levels of post-tensioning initial stress and different dissipater options were considered: both internal and external mild steel tension-compression yield devices were used.
The experimental results showed the performance of post-tensioned timber wall systems which provide high level of dissipation while showing negligible residual displacements and negligible damage to the wall element.
The final part of the paper presents the experimental evaluation of the area-based hysteretic damping for the tested specimens and the results highlight the great influence of the connection detailing of the dissipaters.
Many of the woodframe buildings in United States, particularly along the pacific coast, have more than one story with the first floor used either for parking or commercial space which require large openings and few partition walls at that level. This open space condition
results in the earthquake resistance of the first story being significantly lower than the upper stories thus creating first stories that are both “weak” (low strength) and “soft” (low stiffness) in nature. This feature has the potential to allow formation of the soft first story mechanism during earthquakes. The United States National Science Foundation (NSF) – funded NEES-Soft project has been undertaken to develop and validate economical retrofit concepts for these types of buildings. Shake table tests on a four-story full scale model building were performed with different retrofit schemes as part of the experimental investigation. One of the retrofit measures investigated was addition of cross laminated timber rocking walls at the first floor level for increased seismic resistance. This paper focuses on the experimental performance of soft-story buildings retrofitted with cross laminated timber rocking walls. Moderate damage was observed at the first story level of the building while theupper three stories exhibited very little signs of distress. The focus of this paper is to establish correlation between the observed damage and drift. The Cross laminated timber (CLT) rocking walls were designed as per FEMA P-807 guidelines to satisfy the San Francisco mandatory softstory retrofit ordinance requirements. The tests confirmed the efficiency of CLT retrofit with expected levels of drifts throughout the structure.
There is a current trend towards mid- and high-rise mass timber buildings. With this trend, there is a research need to develop a comparison between mass timber compartment fires and non-combustible compartment fires. In an effort to address the knowledge gaps in the fire performance of cross-laminated timber compartments, a full-scale fire test series was developed. The fire test series included five tests with varying levels of exposed cross-laminated timber on a two story cross-laminated timber structure. Here we present a detailed summary of the fire test series, instrumentation plan, and an overview of the results.
The material presented in this paper refers to a part of the investigation on cross-laminated (XLam) wall panel systems subjected to seismic excitation, carried out within the bilateral project realized by the Institute of Earthquake Engineering and Engineering Seismology (IZIIS) and the Faculty of Civil and Geodetic Engineering at the University of Ljubljana (UL FCGE). The full program of the research consista of basic tests of small XLam wooden blocks and quasi-static tests of anchors, then quasi-static tests of full-scale wall panels with given anchors, shaking-table tests of two types of XLam systems including ambient-vibration tests, and finally analytical research for the definition of the computational model for the analysis of these structural systems. In this paper, the full-scale shaking-table tests for one XLam system type (i.e. specimen 1 consisting of two single-unit massive wooden XLam panels) that have been performed in the IZIIS laboratory are discussed. The principal objectives of the shaking-table tests have been to get an insight into the behavior of the investigated XLam panel systems under seismic excitations, develop a physical and practical computational model for simutalion of the dynamic response based on the tests, and finally correlate the results with those from the previously performed quasi-static tests on the same wooden panel types. The obtained experimental results have been verified using a proposed computational model that included new contitutive relationships for anchors and contact zones between panels and foundations. Because a reasonable agreement between the numerical and experimental results has been achieved, the proposed computational model is expected to provide a solid basis for future research on the practical design of these relatively new materials and systems.
Controlled rocking heavy timber walls (CRHTW) were originally developed in New Zealand as a low-damage seismic force resisting system using Laminated Veneer Lumber (LVL). This paper examines one way of adapting them to regions of low-to-moderate seismicity in North America, using Cross-Laminated Timber (CLT) composed of...