Glued laminated timber Tudor arches have been in wide use in the United States since the 1930s, but detailed knowledge related to seismic design in modern U.S. building codes is lacking. FEMA P-695 (P-695) is a methodology to determine seismic performance factors for a seismic force resisting system. A limited P-695 study for...
This paper discusses the determination of the ASCE 7 seismic response modification factor R for three-hinge glulam Tudor arches. In an attempt to meet this objective, a limited application of the methods and procedures outlined in FEMA P-695 were used to assess the performance of a variety of arch designs. Computational models were created using finite elements within OpenSees to accurately depict the behaviour of the arch. When the crown connections were redesigned using load combinations incorporating over-strength, all of the light gravity load designs systems were successfully able to demonstrate a probability of collapse of less than ten percent when subjected to Maximum Considered Earthquake (MCE) level of ground shaking. Systems designed for heavy gravity did not pass; however, a variety of sidestudies on the influence of inelastic behaviour in the base connections, and varied levels of damping indicate that acceptance criteria of FEMA P-695 may be met through refined modeling assumptions based on results of testing.
April 3-5, 2014, Boston, Massachusetts, United States
The second glued-laminated structure built in the United States was constructed at the USDA Forest Products Laboratory (FPL) in 1934 to demonstrate the performance of wooden arch buildings. After 75 years of use the structure was decommissioned in 2010. Shortly after construction, researchers structurally evaluated the gluedlaminated arch structure for uniform loading on the center arch. This structural system evaluation was added to the existing laboratory work on glued-laminated arches to develop the foundation on which the current glued-laminated arch design criteria is based. After 75 years of service and decommisioning, recovered arches were tested in the laboratory to evaluate the loss of structural performance. Loss of structural performance was evaluated by comparing original and current deformation. Based on a preliminary visual and structural assessment, the degradation of structural performance was minimal in the arches, except for two arch that were affected by the building fire.