ASCE has honored the writing team of Daniel M. Dowden; Patricia Clayton, A.M.ASCE; Chao-Hsien Li; Jeffrey Berman, A.M.ASCE; Michael Bruneau, Ph.D., P.Eng., P.E., F.ASCE; Laura N. Lowes, A.M.ASCE; and Keh-Chyuan Tsai with the 2017 Moisseiff Award for their paper, “Full-Scale Pseudodynamic Testing of Self-Centering Steel Plate Shear Walls,” published in the Journal of Structural Engineering, January 2016.
The authors make an outstanding contribution to the development of a new structural system that is safe and effective, and which provides advantages over current systems that are in common use. This paper culminates the research they have been doing for years on self-centering steel plate shear wall systems for high seismic zones. Self-centering systems offer great advantages in enhancing structural resilience by enabling reuse of the system after significant seismic events. The research here is comprehensive and includes unique large-scale experiments that highlight the advantages of this structural system. Through this work, the authors bridge research to practice by providing design recommendations for this system.
The Moisseiff Award is given to the author or authors of an important paper published by the Society dealing with the broad field of structural design, including applied mechanics, as well as the theoretical analysis or construction improvement of engineering structures, such as bridges and frames, of any structural material.