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The paper tries to identify the effect of exceptional earthquake loading on Civil Engineering structures. Several reasons leading to exceptional action are identified and their effect on the structures is discussed. The main problems and the strategies to address them are summarized. The paper summarized the latest developments concerning the characteristic factors affecting the structural integrity and its evaluation. Three different cases are considered depending on the specific structural material (concrete, steel, masonry). Finally, conventional and non- conventional methods for the optimization of the structural response under the exceptional earthquake action are summarized.

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Authors: MISTAKIDIS E S, Department of Civil Engineering, University of Thessaly, Volos (GR);BOSILJKOW V, Slovenian National Building and Civil Engineering Institute, Ljubljana (SI);DE MATTEIS G, Department.of Structural Analysis and Design, University of Naples Federico II, Napoli (IT);DINU F, Romanian Academy, Centre of Advanced and Fundamental Technical Sciences, Timisoara (RO);FISCHINGER M, Department of Civil and Geodetic Engineering, University of Ljubljana (SI)
Bibliographic Reference: A paper published in "Improvement of buildings' structural quality by new technologies": Proceedings of the international seminar, Lisbon, 19 and 20 April 2002. EUR 20728. pp.127-141. Euro: 35
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ISBN: ISBN: 92-894-5684-1
Record Number: 200327117 / Last updated on: 2003-11-21
Original language: en
Available languages: en