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Buildings 2014, 4(3), 418-436; doi:10.3390/buildings4030418

Introduction of an Innovative Cladding Panel System for Multi-Story Buildings

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Department of Rural Roads, Ministry of Transport, Bangkok 10100, Thailand
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Department of Architectural Engineering and Department of Civil and Environmental Engineering, The Pennsylvania State University, University Park, PA 16802, USA
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Received: 22 June 2014 / Revised: 29 July 2014 / Accepted: 5 August 2014 / Published: 14 August 2014
(This article belongs to the Special Issue Seismic-Resistant Building Design)
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An Energy Dissipating Cladding System has been developed for use in buildings designed based on the concept of damage-controlled structure in seismic design. This innovative cladding panel system is capable of functioning both as a structural brace, as well as a source of energy dissipation, without demanding inelastic action and ductility from the basic lateral force resisting system. The structural systems of many modern buildings typically have large openings to accommodate glazing systems, and a popular type of construction uses spandrel precast cladding panels at each floor level that supports strip window systems. The present study focuses on developing spandrel type precast concrete cladding panels as supplementary energy dissipating devices that are added to the basic structural system. Through a series of analytical studies, the result of evaluating the ability of the proposed Energy Dissipating Cladding system to improve the earthquake resistance of the buildings is presented here. View Full-Text
Keywords: damage-controlled structure; precast concrete; spandrel cladding panels; earthquake energy dissipation; analytical modeling damage-controlled structure; precast concrete; spandrel cladding panels; earthquake energy dissipation; analytical modeling
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Maneetes, H.; Memari, A.M. Introduction of an Innovative Cladding Panel System for Multi-Story Buildings. Buildings 2014, 4, 418-436.

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