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Materials 2015, 8(11), 7354-7370; doi:10.3390/ma8115386

Light Steel-Timber Frame with Composite and Plaster Bracing Panels

Department of Civil, Environmental and Architectural Engineering, University of Padova, Via Marzolo 9, Padova 35131, Italy
These authors contributed equally to this work.
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Academic Editor: Jung Ho Je
Received: 6 August 2015 / Accepted: 20 October 2015 / Published: 3 November 2015
(This article belongs to the Section Structure Analysis and Characterization)
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The proposed light-frame structure comprises steel columns for vertical loads and an innovative bracing system to efficiently resist seismic actions. This seismic force resisting system consists of a light timber frame braced with an Oriented Strand Board (OSB) sheet and an external technoprene plaster-infilled slab. Steel brackets are used as foundation and floor connections. Experimental cyclic-loading tests were conduced to study the seismic response of two shear-wall specimens. A numerical model was calibrated on experimental results and the dynamic non-linear behavior of a case-study building was assessed. Numerical results were then used to estimate the proper behavior factor value, according to European seismic codes. Obtained results demonstrate that this innovative system is suitable for the use in seismic-prone areas thanks to the high ductility and dissipative capacity achieved by the bracing system. This favorable behavior is mainly due to the fasteners and materials used and to the correct application of the capacity design approach. View Full-Text
Keywords: steel-timber structures; light-frame structures; innovative technoprene bracing system; seismic design; behavior factor steel-timber structures; light-frame structures; innovative technoprene bracing system; seismic design; behavior factor

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Scotta, R.; Trutalli, D.; Fiorin, L.; Pozza, L.; Marchi, L.;  De Stefani, L. Light Steel-Timber Frame with Composite and Plaster Bracing Panels. Materials 2015, 8, 7354-7370.

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