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Seismic Design of Non-Structural Building Components in the United States.


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Taylor, A. W.; Phan, L. T.

Wind and Seismic Effects, 29th Joint Meeting of U.S./Japan Panel. Proceedings. U.S./Japan Government Cooperative Program on Natural Resources (UJNR). Technical Memorandum of PWRI No. 3524. May 13-16, 1997, Tsukuba, Japan, 245-259 pp, 1997.

Keywords:

building codes; building technology; earthquakes; earthquake engineering; nonstructural component; seismic design suspended ceilings

Abstract:

Seismic design requirements for nonstructural building components of five major building codes, including the 1994 Uniform Building Code, the 1994 Standard Building Code, the 1994 NEHRP Recommended Provisions for Seismic Regulations for New Buildings, the New Zealand Building Code, and nonstructural provisions used in Japan, were reviewed in this study. Comparisons of codes reveal wide variation in seismic force and displacement requirements for nonstructural components, both in terms of levels of stringency and levels of details. The difference in seismic force requirements between the most and least stringent codes can be more than five times.