The Converging Design Methodology project is a NSF-funded research effort with collaboration from Oregon State University, Colorado State University, and Penn State University. The vision of this project is to create a new design paradigm within structural engineering that employs multi-objective optimization to maximize functional recovery while integrating additional sustainable building design principles. This research will involve shake-table testing of a full-scale six-story mass timber structure at the NHERI@UCSD outdoor facility. The project commenced in October 2021, will run through 2024, and will include 5 primary tasks as outlined below.
Prototyping Innovative Lateral Force Resisting Systems
- Provide experimental data and numerical modeling to inform models used for Converging Seismic Design Optimization (CSDO)
- Focus on the use of innovative energy dissipation solutions to explore integration with mass timber wall systems
- Wall splice connection: experimental testing