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Response of an Existing Two-Storey RC Frame Designed for Gravity Loads: In Situ Pushover Tests and Numerical Analyses

Centro Europeo di Ricerca e Formazione in Ingegneria Sismica, 27100 Pavia, Italy
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Buildings 2020, 10(12), 227; https://doi.org/10.3390/buildings10120227
Received: 3 November 2020 / Revised: 25 November 2020 / Accepted: 2 December 2020 / Published: 4 December 2020
(This article belongs to the Special Issue Structural Analysis for Earthquake-Resistant Design of Buildings)
The purpose of the research was to study the response of existing constructions, designed for gravity loads only in the South of Italy, more precisely in the Sicily Region. The building is an existing two-story reinforced concrete structure, built in the ‘80s. In order to design the test, numerical study on the structure has been conducted, using information reported on original design drawings or derived by in situ geometric and material investigation. A number of numerical models and pushover analyses of the structure have been carried out, in order to account for the uncertainties related to possible different responses. The numerical analyses aimed at estimating the capacity of the structure in terms of both force and displacement, the ductility reserve, and the most likely sequence of formation of plastic hinges. The pseudo-static cyclic test was designed to push and pull the building in one direction at increasing displacement levels, up to a drift of about 2%. At the end of the test, the infill panels were completely collapsed. Beams, columns, and joints showed plastic hinges and shear failures in different parts of the structure, with spread spalling of the concrete. Numerical and experimental results were found in fair agreement. View Full-Text
Keywords: in situ cyclic tests; existing RC building; damage mechanism; full scale tests; seismic capacity evaluation in situ cyclic tests; existing RC building; damage mechanism; full scale tests; seismic capacity evaluation
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Peloso, S.; Casarotti, C.; Dacarro, F.; Sinopoli, G. Response of an Existing Two-Storey RC Frame Designed for Gravity Loads: In Situ Pushover Tests and Numerical Analyses. Buildings 2020, 10, 227. https://doi.org/10.3390/buildings10120227

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Peloso S, Casarotti C, Dacarro F, Sinopoli G. Response of an Existing Two-Storey RC Frame Designed for Gravity Loads: In Situ Pushover Tests and Numerical Analyses. Buildings. 2020; 10(12):227. https://doi.org/10.3390/buildings10120227

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Peloso, Simone; Casarotti, Chiara; Dacarro, Filippo; Sinopoli, Giuseppe. 2020. "Response of an Existing Two-Storey RC Frame Designed for Gravity Loads: In Situ Pushover Tests and Numerical Analyses" Buildings 10, no. 12: 227. https://doi.org/10.3390/buildings10120227

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