Jeffrey W. Berman

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This paper experimentally investigates the cyclic inelastic performance of concentrically braced frames with and without cold formed steel stud ~CFSS! infills designed to laterally restrain braces and delay their buckling. Specimens have either diagonal tube or solid bar braces with and without CFSS and U brackets providing out-of-plane and in-plane(More)
Design requirements now appear in the 2005 AISC Seismic Provisions for Structural Steel Buildings (AISC, 2005b), referred to herein as The Provisions, for steel plate shear walls (SPSWs) that are designed such that their web plates buckle in shear and develop diagonal tension fi eld action when resisting lateral loads. Energy dissipation and ductility(More)
This paper will briefly discuss some of the research that will likely be incorporated into US design codes for the use of steel plate shear wall as seismic load resisting systems. References to numerous research projects carried in the United States, Canada, and other countries will be given and their major findings highlighted. The strip model, developed(More)
Steel plate shear walls (SPSWs) are one of the most economical and under-utilized lateral load resisting systems currently available to structural engineers. In comparison with traditional lateral load systems, such as steel braced frames, reinforced concrete walls and moment resisting frames, SPSWs have fewer costly detailing requirements, require less(More)
This paper describes the prototype design, specimen design, experimental set-up, and experimental results of tests on three light-gauge steel plate shear wall (SPSW) concepts. Prototype light-gauge steel plate shear walls are designed as seismic retrofits for a hospital structure in an area of high seismicity and emphasis is placed on minimizing their(More)
This paper describes the design, testing, and finite element modeling, of a proofof-concept eccentrically braced frame specimen utilizing a hybrid rectangular shear link. The link is self-stabilizing and does not require lateral bracing, making it suitable for use in steel bridge piers where lateral bracing can be difficult to provide (building applications(More)
This paper describes the results of an experimental study to verify proposed design requirements for eccentrically braced frame links with hollow rectangular i.e., tubular cross sections. Twelve primary link specimens and two supplementary links that have different end connections are tested. Three cross sections and four normalized link lengths are(More)
Large-scale tests of steel gravity framing systems (SGFSs) have shown that the connections are critical to the system integrity, when a column suffers damage that compromises its ability to carry gravity loads. When supporting columns were removed, the SGFSs redistributed gravity loads through the development of an alternate load path in a sustained tensile(More)