Mateo Galvez

Document Type

Honors Thesis


Standard structural design practice requires designing for almost every possible load scenario, including high winds, strong earthquakes, and large magnitude live loads. However, it is impractical and expensive to design for every possible scenario The best engineers can do for these extreme load cases is design the failure mechanism to behave a specific and safe way so there is no sudden structural failure. This project designed the controlled and predictable failure mechanism for the 5-story apartment building that was designed by the senior design project group. This is not something that can be achieved using structural modeling software and a design short of this analysis is neither complete nor accurate. It was determined that several critical structural members were under designed because they were only designed via applied load software outputs while neglecting further analysis.

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Faculty Mentor of Honors Project

Juan Balderrama



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