PEER Testbed Study on a Laboratory Building: Exercising Seismic Performance Assessment, PEER Report 2005-12


From 2002 to 2004 (years five and six of a ten-year funding cycle), the PEER Center organized the majority of its research around six testbeds. Two buildings and two bridges, a campus, and a transportation network were selected as case st udies to “exercise” the PEER performance-based earthquake engineering methodology. All projects involved in terdisciplinary teams of researchers, each producing data to be used by other colleagues in their research. The testbeds demonstrated that it is possible to create the data necessary to populate the PEER performance- based framing equation, linking the hazard analysis , the structural analysis, the development of damage measures, loss analysis, and decision variables.

This report describes one of the building testbeds—the UC Science Building. The project was chosen to focus attention on the consequences of losses of laboratory contents, particularly downtime. The UC Science testbed evaluated the earthquake hazard and the structural performance of a well-designed
recently built reinforced concrete laboratory building using the OpenSees platform. Researchers conducted shake table tests on samples of critical laboratory contents in order to develop fragility curves used to analyze the probability of losses based on equipment failure. The UC Science testbed undertook an extreme case in performance assessment—linking performance of contents to operational failure. The research shows the interdependence of building structure, systems, and contents in performance assessment, and highlights where further research is needed.

The Executive Summary provides a short description of the overall testbed research program, while the main body of the report includes summary chapters from individual researchers. More extensive research reports are cited in the reference section of each chapter.

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Mary C. Comerio
Publication date: 
October 2, 2005
Publication type: 
Technical Report
Comerio, M. C. (2005). PEER Testbed Study on a Laboratory Building: Exercising Seismic Performance Assessment, PEER Report 2005-12. Pacific Earthquake Engineering Research Center, University of California, Berkeley, CA.