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Studies and experimental investigations on structural models to improve earthquake resistance

Objective


The research done included:

- The study of the earthquake behaviour of masonry infilled with reinforced single-bay, single-storey frames. Cyclic loadings applied at different time rates.

- Evaluation of the performance of base-isolated reinforced concrete frame structures. The shaking table tested 2-storey 1:1 specimens.

- A shaking table study of solid and hollow brick masonry walls.

- A parametric analysis of different types of reinforced concrete bridge, to quantify behaviour coefficients.
The European Commission grant received for this project was useful in encouraging the creation of the new Centre for Special Studies in Earthquake Engineering and was partly used to support the construction of the triaxial shaking table which brought the laboratory up to international standards.

At present, the Centre has hosted 12 user groups, from 6 EU Member States, comprising 24 scientists. These visitors spent a total of 177 days at the Centre.

Coordinator

LABORATORIO NACIONAL DE ENGENHARIA CIVIL
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Portugal