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Even though masonry infill panels are normally considered non-structural elements, they have very significant effects on the global seismic response of frame structures. In particular, infills with an irregular arrangement in elevation may cause soft-storey effects, with concentration of energy dissipation and inelastic deformation demands in a single storey. In this paper the effects of masonry infill panels are discussed, based on the results of a series of full-scale tests and the nonlinear analyses with global-type models.

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Authors: COLOMBO A, JRC Ispra (IT);NEGRO P, JRC Ispra (IT)
Bibliographic Reference: Paper presented: Il Congresso CTE Nuove Tecnologie Edilizia per l'Europa, Napoli (IT) November 7-9, 1996
Availability: Available from (1) as Paper IT 40104 ORA
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