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The main objectives of this research are the design, the construction and the actual testing of self-supporting cladding panels in steel fibre reinforced concrete, which would stiffen the steel framed structure with hinged or partially fixed connections. These panels should ensure the bracing requirements under the applied horizontal forces (wind and/or seismic) without any additional steel cross bracing or a rigid concrete shear block. Three possible solutions of these multilayer panels have been studied: - monolithic multilayer panel with external face finish attached to the structural part - multilayer panel with an independent external face finish in light cement concrete - multilayer panel with a precoated, glazed external finishing steel sheet. The solution requires particular attention to the technology of concrete mix and concrete pouring. The nonlinear analysis of these panels is not feasible practically since the mechanical properties of the steel fibre reinforced concrete vary with the mix. It is of great importance to test the prototype panels in actual scale under static and cyclic loads with attention to the primary function of the panel as a stiffening element.

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Authors: DE MARTINO G, Siderservizi Sprl, Milano (IT)
Bibliographic Reference: EUR 12759 IT (1990) 326 pp., FS, ECU 27.50
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ISBN: ISBN 92-826-1504-9
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