The ROBUST Project is a collaborative NZ-China Research Programme to evaluate the performance of full scale resilient steel building systems. Energy is dissipated through friction connections (e.g. asymmetric friction connections and symmetric frictions, with and without conical spring washers, and the RSFJ (resilient Slip Friction Joint).
Structural configurations considered include moment-frames, concentrically braced frames (with tension-only and with tension-compression braces), rocking frames with tension-only friction dissipaters, and a rocking column system.
The building systems contain realistic NSEs (non-skeletal elements) designed to experience no damage. These include - contents, ceilings and piping, internal partition walls, glazed curtain walls, and precast-concrete panels.
Shaking table testing of a 3 storey (9m tall) building with horizontal dimensions of 8.5m x 5m, with its different configurations, will be conducted in the Tongji University laboratories in Jiading, Shanghai.