NHERI Converging Design


Project Tasks

Task 1

Methodology and Metrics of Converging Design

  • Develop functional recovery and sustainability metrics
  • Receive feedback on converging design approach and refine methodology and metrics


Task 2

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

Task 3

CSDO: Converging Seismic Design Optimization

  • Extend RBSD methodology to include multi-objective optimization in design and sustainability metrics 
  • Build on exisiting work open source software enabling advanced algorithms and interoperability 


Task 4

Methodology Validation 

  • Specimen designed, constructed, and tested at the NHERI@UCSD outdoor shake-table facility 


Task 5

Dissemination and Technology Transfer

  • Information from testing distributed to higher education and industry