The last phase of the recent U.S.-Japan Cooperative Research Program's full scale steel structure tests concerns the seismic performance of so called “nonstructural” or “extrinsic” elements. Both Japanese and U.S. elements were installed onto the full scale, moment resistant frame; static tests of the frame with cladding and internal elements took place during three weeks of July, 1984 at the Building Research Institute in Tsukuba, Japan. The U.S. side test focused on cladding, and the Japanese side oversaw testing of cladding common to Japanese practice, and internal partitions and ceilings common to both U.S. and Japanese practice. This paper describes findings of U.S. cladding performance tests with regard to values of seismic story drift designated in the Uniform Building Code, and observations of the behavior of Japanese elements.

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