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- Dynamic performance of a brick veneer house with steel framing
- Paton-Cole, V. P.; Gad, E. F.; Clifton, C.; Heath, D. J.; Davies, C.; Hicks, S.; Lam, N.
- Brick veneer construction is a very common form for residential structures in Australia and is growing in popularity in New Zealand. The structural frame is made from steel or timber, and non-structural brick walls are attached to the frame via brick ties. Under earthquake loading there is a complex interaction between the frame and veneer walls, particularly in the out of plane direction, where there is risk of brick wall collapse. While there is a standard component test method for assessing the seismic capacity of brick ties, this method has been developed around brick veneer on timber studs. In order to realistically assess the overall performance of brick veneer construction with steel framing, a full scale one-room test structure "Test House" was tested on a shaking table. The Test House incorporated veneer walls with different geometries. It was subjected to varying levels of the El-Centro earthquake ranging from moderate serviceability limit state ground motion to well beyond the design maximum considered earthquake for New Zealand. These levels of shaking were selected in order to ascertain the response for specifi c limit states to the New Zealand Loading Standard and to compare against minimum performance requirements. Comprehensive measurements on the frame and veneer walls were taken, including acceleration, drift and differential movements between the frame and veneer. The Test House performed very well, with no brick loss up to 2.6 times El-Centro earthquake, which is well in excess of all performance requirements. This paper presents a summary of the outcomes from the experimental test program.
- Publication type
- Journal article
- Research centre
- Swinburne University of Technology
- Australian Journal of Structural Engineering, Vol. 11, no. 3 (May 2011), pp. 231-242
- Publication year
- FOR Code(s)
- 0905 Civil Engineering
- Australia; Brick veneer construction; Dynamic performance; Earthquakes; Houses; New Zealand; Residential structures; Seismic performance; Steel framing; Structual engineering
- Engineers Australia
- Publisher URL
- Copyright © Institution of Engineers Australia, 2011.
- Peer reviewed