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Seismic Testing of an Indigenous Material Troop Constructible Building

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SBIR Report

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Metna Co. Lansing

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An indigenous materials construction system was developed by a Small Business Innovative Research project Small Business Innovative Research SBIR project Contract W9132T-15-C-0002. The results of that project included the construction of a full scale 16 foot by 32-foot troop constructible building that was tested on the Engineer Research and Development Center, Construction Engineering Research Laboratory ERDC-CERL shake table. This report documents the seismic testing of this building. The building consisted of prefabricated frames with interior and exterior wall panels and roof and ceiling panels. The building was tested with 30-second-longsynthetic seismic motions, which began at low levels. The test amplitude was increased so that the final test conducted used motions based on a spectral acceleration tied to the highest seismic hazard in the United States. The base of the building was badly damaged in this final test, but it remained stable, demonstrating relatively good behavior. This report documents the measured response to these motions and the performance of the building.

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  • Structural Engineering and Building Technology
  • Logistics, Military Facilities and Supplies

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