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Buildings, Volume 9, Issue 12 (December 2019) – 9 articles
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Cover Story (view full-size image) In the last decade, several regional and municipal authorities in Italy have promoted seismic [...] Read more. In the last decade, several regional and municipal authorities in Italy have promoted seismic assessment and retrofit campaigns of public buildings with reinforced concrete and steel frame structure, with special care to schools. The retrofit strategies adopted for the latter are increasingly oriented to the use of supplemental energy dissipation systems, in view of their high performance capacities and low architectural intrusion characteristics. A representative structure belonging to this class, with mixed reinforced concrete–steel frame skeleton, is demonstratively examined in this article. Based on the seismic performance deficiencies highlighted by the assessment analysis, an advanced retrofit hypothesis of the building is designed, consisting of the installation of a set of dissipative braces incorporating fluid viscous dampers as protective devices. View this paper.