The structural performance of a single-story, wood-stud frame with brick veneer during a Jan. 26 shake-table test at the University of California, San Diego, offered no surprises. However, the structure’s masonry veneer showed distress in places, and that did surprise researchers. The full-scale earthquake test was the first of two designed to help engineers use performance-based design to improve the seismic behavior of masonry and wood buildings, common in residential and light-commercial construction. Related Links: Testing the Strength Of Brick Veneer Seismic Researchers Shake the Brick Veneer “We believe that under many circumstances veneer can help structural performance,” says Richard
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