STEEL FRAMING SYSTEM EXCEEDS EXPECTATIONS IN EARTHQUAKE SIMULATION SHAKE TEST
Dynastructure™ withstands "2,500-year" earthquake replication
Earthquakes are often associated with collapsed buildings, flattened homes and widespread devastation. The magnitude 7.9 earthquake that shook Peru last week displaced tens of thousands of people and caused millions of dollars in damage. However, findings from a recent earthquake simulation test conducted on a steel framing system may help decrease future destruction caused by an earthquake's force.
Allied Tube & Conduit (ACD), together with the University of California, San Diego (UCSD), recently shook Dynastructure™, a pre-engineered, cold-formed structural steel framing system, at UCSD's Englekirk Structural Engineering Center. ACD is the first manufacturer to conduct a shake test using a whole building for this type of system in the United States. Typically, these tests are conducted on individual components rather than complete structures.
The seismic test, which took place in June 2007, shook the one story building (32 ft long x 20 ft wide x 12 ft tall) for 30 seconds, simulating a 7.3 magnitude earthquake.