The pan-European character of the proposed network will offer challenging opportunities to young researchers at the post-doctoral level to benefit working since 1993 on the PREC8 project of prenormative research in support for their training from a wide spectrum of expertise and research of Eurocode 8 (EC8), the provisional European standards for the design of facilities in earthquake engineering and structural dynamics. In view of structures in seismic regions. The results of PREC8 in the areas of reinforced concrete structures, infilled frames, bridges and foundations the combined analytical/experimental nature of the proposed projects, the are expected to contribute significantly to the revision of EC8 upon its researchers will be given the possibility of developing numerical conversion into European norms. The present ICONS project extends the scope simulation models in advanced computer environments and of participating in large-scale tests using shaking table and reaction wall facilities. of PREC8 into less conventional concepts and subjects which should be developed further to convert EC8 into a truly revolutionary standard for Furthermore, the young researchers will have an excellent opportunity to be introduced to the harmonized design rules for Europe contained in Eurocode the safe, yet economic design of earthquake resistant new structures and for the seismic upgrading of existing ones. ICONS will extend across the 8.
three main pillars of seismic design, namely: 1) seismic action, 2) design concepts and methods and 3) construction and strengthening techniques. Part 1 of the project will focus on special, yet common, cases of seismic actions, such as impulsive-type motions in near-source areas and long-duration, long-period far-field motions . Part 2 will address the development of methodologies for the assessment of the seismic vulnerability of existing buildings and bridges, and pursue the study of various design concepts such as Base Isolation and Energy Dissipation, Base Uplifting, Displacement- Based Design. Part 3 deals with earthquake resistant composite (steel/concrete) construction, shear walls and shear wall buildings. It also addresses repair and strengthening techniques for the most common types of existing construction (reinforced concrete, masonry and steel).
Funding SchemeNET - Research network contracts
SW7 2BU London