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Integrated TRM System for the Seismic Strengthening of Masonry Heritage

Project description

Textile reinforced mortar technology for strengthening masonry buildings

Most buildings in Europe, particularly those of significant architectural or historical value, are traditional masonry constructions. Strengthening interventions are often needed to improve their structural response against seismic actions. The latest innovative textile reinforced mortar (TRM) technique is very promising, but its effectiveness relies on connectors used to fix the reinforcing layers to the substrate. The use of connectors varies according to different parameters and nowadays no commonly accepted guidelines are available regarding the design, practical installation and mechanical performance of the integrated TRM/connector strengthening system. The EU-funded CONNECT project will use an experimental-numerical approach to develop recommendations for correctly designing TRM-strengthened interventions by the rational application of connectors for at-risk masonry buildings.

Objective

Traditional masonry buildings constitutes the greatest part of the building stock in Europe, involving constructions with high historical, architectural and cultural value. These buildings are particularly susceptible to horizontal actions, as demonstrated during past many seismic events, thus requiring rehabilitation and strengthening actions in order to improve their structural behaviour. Within this scope, innovative strengthening techniques, such as Textile Reinforced Mortar (TRM) composite materials, have been adopted during the last years. TRMs have shown to be quite effective for retrofitting of masonry, but the effectiveness of this technique depends on several parameters. In particular, a key point to the success of the strengthening is the use of connectors to fix the reinforcing layer and prevent it from debonding or delamination, which would turn the strengthening measure useless.
Currently, connectors are used in TRM applications in an empirical way and no commonly accepted guidelines are available regarding the design, practical installation and mechanical performance of the integrated TRM/connector strengthening system. Thus, the role of mechanical anchors in the performance of the TRM system needs to be characterized and to be taken into account for a rational and efficient design of TRM systems, allowing to reduce the uncertainty of its mechanical behaviour and increasing the confidence in the technique.
The aim of the project is the development of recommendations to properly design TRM-strengthened interventions by the rational application of connectors for the retrofitting of masonry buildings exposed to seismic actions. This will be achieved by the integration of robust experimental results and advanced numerical modelling of the TRM/connector system, supported
on an initial state of the review. The combined experimental-numerical approach is the core of the project, which will be complemented by management and dissemination tasks.

Call for proposal

H2020-WF-2018-2020

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Sub call

H2020-WF-03-2020

Coordinator

UNIVERSIDADE DO MINHO
Net EU contribution
€ 147 815,04
Address
LARGO DO PACO
4704 553 Braga
Portugal

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Region
Continente Norte Cávado
Activity type
Higher or Secondary Education Establishments
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Total cost
€ 147 815,04