An integrated approach to the development of performance test methods and their application to evaluation and design

Authors
Citation
R. Becker, An integrated approach to the development of performance test methods and their application to evaluation and design, MATER STRUC, 34(242), 2001, pp. 467-474
Citations number
9
Language
INGLESE
art.tipo
Article
Categorie Soggetti
Material Science & Engineering
Journal title
MATERIALS AND STRUCTURES
ISSN journal
1359-5997 → ACNP
Volume
34
Issue
242
Year of publication
2001
Pages
467 - 474
Database
ISI
SICI code
1359-5997(200110)34:242<467:AIATTD>2.0.ZU;2-5
Abstract
The paper analyses the main features of a Performance Test Method (PTM), an d demonstrates that, despite the wide range of attributes for which PTMs ar e required, the Performance Concept sets a unified common approach for thei r development. The basic relations between the four factors: a human requir ement, the relevant behavioral aspects of the building and its parts, the e volving performance criteria, and the associated PTMs for evaluating compli ance, establish the integrated approach presented here, It is demonstrated that PTMs should yield Response Curves as a basic tool for evaluations, ass essments and decisions, while prevalent test methods, which are assigned to yield only Pass/Fail results, may be misleading. A procedure for relating compliance to the form of the Response Curve is suggested, with a different iation between "brittle", concave and convex curves.