Two types of facilities used at the University of California, Berkeley, for laboratory study of earthquake response characteristics of typical structures are described: (1) A 20-ft square shaking table; and (2) a variety of controlled loading devices. Shaking table tests of a 0.7 scale concrete building frame, a 1/30 scale highway overcrossing, and a 1/3 scale liquid storage tanks are mentioned. Controlled loading facility testing of concrete and steel members, joints, and subassemblages is described and typical results presented to demonstrate typical behavior mechanisms. Note that loading rate has only a minor influence on the behavior of concrete specimens, so earthquake response behavior can be evaluated by pseudo-static testing procedures. Other comparative advantages and disadvantages of the two types of testing facilities are presented. /Author/

  • Availability:
  • Supplemental Notes:
    • This report was presented at the ASCE Engineering Mechanics Division Specialty Conference, University of California, Los Angeles, California, March 30-31, 1976.
  • Corporate Authors:

    American Society of Civil Engineers

    345 East 47th Street
    New York, NY  United States  10017-2398
  • Authors:
    • Clough, R W
    • Bertero, V V
  • Publication Date: 1977-12

Media Info

Subject/Index Terms

Filing Info

  • Accession Number: 00172431
  • Record Type: Publication
  • Report/Paper Numbers: ASCE 13444 Proceeding
  • Files: TRIS
  • Created Date: Apr 26 1978 12:00AM