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Current Projects

Earthquake and Post-Earthquake Fire Performance of Mid-Rise Light-Gauge Cold-Formed Steel Framed Buildings (2016)

UCSD-CEMCO / Sureboard-HUD Research Partnership

Abstract: Light-gauge cold-formed steel (CFS) framed multi-story residential housing has the potential to support societies urgent need for low cost, multi-hazard resilient housing. CFS-framed structures offer lower installation and maintenance costs, are durable, ductile, lightweight, and manufactured from recycled materials. In addition, consistency in material behavior and low material costs are added benefits compared with their wood-framing counterparts. The components of CFS-framed assemblies (studs, track, joists) can be assembled quickly and with relative ease into prefabricated panels. Notably, the ductile nature of a CFS-framed structure aligns with the performance needs in moderate to high seismic zones. Compared to other lightweight framing solutions (such as timber), CFS is non-combustible, an important basic characteristic to prohibit fire spread. Taken in totality, these many beneficial attributes lead to a highly sustainable infrastructure for housing communities.

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Reverse Cyclic Testing Program Utilized (Over 600 Tests Performed to Date)Reverse Cyclic Testing Program Utilized (Over 600 Tests Performed to Date) 6 Story CFS Load Bearing Project Downtown Los Angeles - Wilshire Vermont
(Topping out Roof)
6 Story CFS Load Bearing Project Downtown Los Angeles - Wilshire Vermont (Topping out Roof) 6 Story CFS Load Bearing Project – Wilshire Vermont
 (Progressive Construction at 3rd Level)
6 Story CFS Load Bearing Project – Wilshire Vermont (Progressive Construction at 3rd Level) Load Bearing CFS Project at Top Out at Cal Poly Student Housing San Luis ObispoLoad Bearing CFS Project at Top Out at Cal Poly Student Housing San Luis Obispo

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The Large High-Performance Outdoor Shake Table is supported in part by the George E. Brown, Jr. Network for Engineering Simulation (NEES) program of the National Science Foundation under Award Number CMMI-0927178.

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