The main objective of the research described in this report was through quasi-static and shake table testing to experimentally investigate th e interaction between components of substation equipment connected by redesigned (or improved) rigid bus connectors. The purpose was to generate data that would provide guidance in the design of conductor assemblies with the improved connectors. Another objective was to provide experimental validation data for a current PEER-PG&E project in which analytical studies are being conducted at the University of California, Berkeley. Specific te sts conducted in this project we re: (1) full-scale quasi-static cyclic tests of one improved flexible strap connector; (2) full-scale quasi-static cyclic tests of one improved rigid bus slider; and (3) full-scale shake table tests of five different pairs of generic substation equipment connected with three different improved rigid bus assemblies.
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