Early Research on Nonductile Concrete by PEER

PEER began addressing the risk of nonductile response in the late 1990’s. Some of this work has lead to major advances in understanding seismic response of older hazardous concrete buildings, leading to engineering criteria for building assessment and retrofit, as well as advanced dynamic simulation capabilities.

PEER and the Earthquake Engineering Research Institute (EERI) unveiled findings from the PEER program in seminars conducted in San Francisco, Los Angeles, and Seattle in January and February 2006. The seminar proceedings is available for purchase from EERI. Visit the Publications and Reports page of this website for some of the seminar’s PowerPoint and video files.

PEER’s research formed a foundation for modeling and acceptance values in ASCE 41. PEER researchers also worked as part of an ad hoc committee to recommend revisions to ASCE 41 based on the results presented in the PEER/EERI seminar.

The PEER/EERI seminar series also served as the kickoff of the Concrete Coalition Site, which aims to organize a coalition of engineers, building officials, and other interested stakeholders to promote more proactive programs to identify and retrofit collapse-risk concrete buildings.

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