Civil’s Schafer creates Steel Diaphragm Innovation Initiative

July 8, 2016

Photo of Ben Schafer of civil engineering With support from the National Science Foundation, Benjamin W. Schafer, professor in the Department of Civil Engineering has created the Steel Diaphragm Innovation Initiative.

This multi-year industry-academic partnership is dedicated to innovation in the application, modeling, and design of building floors and roofs utilizing structural systems with steel. Its goal is to advance the seismic performance of steel floor and roof diaphragms used in steel buildings through better understanding of diaphragm-structure interaction, new design approaches, and new three-dimensional modeling tools that provided enhanced capabilities to designers utilizing steel diaphragms in their building systems. The Initiative is managed by the Cold-Formed Steel Research Consortium, of which Schafer is the director.

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