Department: Structural Engineering
Faculty Advisor(s): Jose Restrepo | Tara Hutchinson | Joel Conte

Primary Student
Name: Elide Pantoli
Email: epantoli@ucsd.edu
Phone: 619-245-9173
Grad Year: 2014

Student Collaborators
Michelle Chen, mchen.ucb@gmail.com | Xiang Wang, xiw002@ucsd.edu

Non-structural components and systems not only encompass the greatest part of the cost of a building, but they can also influence the dynamic behavior of the structure itself. Another factor that changes the response of a building to an earthquake is the presence of base isolation. Up to date, only a handful of full-scale buildings have been tested. Among those, most were just the structural skeleton or part of it, ignoring the influence of non-structural components. Even fewer tests were performed both with a fixed base and isolated base condition. A full-scale five-story building was tested on the George E. Brown Jr. Network for Earthquake Engineering Simulation (NEES) Large Outdoor High-Performance Shake Table at the University of California, San Diego. The building was equipped with a wide range of non-structural components including a functioning passenger elevator, stairs, partition walls, external cladding, piping, hospital equipment, fire sprinklers and a roof mounted AC chiller. This structure was tested in two phases: base isolated and in a fixed-base condition. After seismic testing, fire tests were performed in order to evaluate the post-earthquake fire performance of the system. The structure was continuously monitored from the first stages of construction until the end of testing. During testing the response of the structural and nonstructural systems were instrumented with six hundred sensors, including accelerometers, displacement transducers and GPS devices. The lateral force resisting system is a moment resisting frame designed in accordance with the ACI-318 building code. The building incorporated various beam-column connection details, makes use of high strength longitudinal reinforcement and of electro-welded high-strength steel grids. This poster focuses on the description of part of the non-structural components: MEP and FF&E and contents. MEP components include a roof mounted cooling tower, gas piping, fire protection piping, duct work, electrical equipment and the elevator. FF&E (Furniture, Fixtures and Equipment) and contents include IBM servers, refrigerators, office equipment and other miscellaneous furniture.

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