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A description of the problems which are encountered in the improvement of the seismic performance of historical buildings is provided. Reference is given to the Italian cultural heritage, with particular attention to the buildings affected by the recent earthquakes in the Umbria region, and to the limestone masonry buildings which are common in southern Italy. The rationale of providing on one hand larger overall strength and, on the other hand, larger ductility capacity is treated separately. The advantages of using base isolation technologies are also addressed. The results of pseudodynamic tests recently performed on the replica of a real limestone structure are also presented. These were performed on the building in its virgin configuration, and then were repeated on the damaged structure equipped with steel strips to increase the available ductility. Tests were also performed on the structure with base isolation devices. To illustrate the technical problems which are encountered in design, the rehabilitation of a monument building in Perugia with traditional techniques is presented.

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Authors: NEGRO P, JRC Ispra (IT);RENDA V, JRC Ispra (IT);BONO F, JRC Ispra (IT);SARACE S, University of Perugia, Institute of Energetics (IT)
Bibliographic Reference: Paper presented: Workshop on Earthquake Disaster Prevention Research, Istanbul (TR), 23-25 February 1998
Availability: Available from (1) as Paper EN 41150 ORA
Record Number: 199810686 / Last updated on: 1998-06-08
Original language: en
Available languages: en