Published: June 28, 2019
  • Year: 2018-2019
  • Industry Partners: Prescient Co. Inc., J. R. Harris & Co.,
  • CIEST Personnel: Adan Salvador Camacho, Aldrich Valerian, Brice Lucero, Kent Polkinghorne, and company
  • Primary Investigator: Prof. Brad Wham
  • Summary: Project included development of a bi-directional loading system to apply simultaneous axial and lateral loading to 6 in. diameter columns and splice connections. Nearly 60 full-scale tests were conducted to support evaluation of a new structural building system for seismic applications. Accredited testing performed to ISO/IEC 17025 standard following protocols provided by FEMA 461.

  Load apparatus labeled   solidworks_overview 

Team shot  Damaged specimens  Adan_photo 

Timelapse of load frame construction


Real-time video of bi-directional loading test. Watch for the buckle under +100kips of axial compression!