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Seismic retrofit of RC frame buildings with masonry infill walls - Literature review and preliminary case study

Funded under: FP7-JRC


The purpose of the present study was to investigate possible seismic retrofit options for use in the seismic upgrade of a reinforced concrete frame building with brick masonry infill walls. The building is typical of a Mediterranean European country (e.g., Greece, Italy, Portugal) and while designed according to the state-of-the-art over 40 years ago, it does not meet the present day seismic design requirements and contains a number of now "well-recognised" seismic design deficiencies and problems. The overall aim of this project was to identify the optimal combination of retrofit options that would enable the building to meet the present-day "life-safety" performance criteria for buildings subject to a design magnitude earthquake. As part of this study, a detailed review of the broader literature in the area of seismic rehabilitation was undertaken in conjunction with a preliminary assessment of the building's seismic capacity.

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Authors: GRIFFITH M, European Commission, Joint Research Centre, Institute for the Protection and the Security of the Citizen, Ispra (IT)
Bibliographic Reference: EUR 23289 EN (2008), 63 pp. Free of Charge
Availability: (Catalogue Number: LB-NA-23289-EN-C)
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