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Buildings 2019, 9(2), 30;

Seismic Evaluation and Strengthening of an Existing Masonry Building in Sarajevo, B&H

Faculty of Civil Engineering in Sarajevo, University of Sarajevo, Sarajevo 71 000, Bosnia and Herzegovina
ISISE, Institute of Science and Innovation for Bio-Sustainability (IB-S), Dept. of Civil Engineering, University of Minho, Guimarães 4800-058, Portugal
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Received: 17 December 2018 / Revised: 17 January 2019 / Accepted: 18 January 2019 / Published: 22 January 2019
(This article belongs to the Special Issue Masonry Buildings: Research and Practice)
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A significant number of old unreinforced load-bearing masonry (URM) buildings exist in many countries worldwide, but especially in Europe. In particular, Bosnia and Herzegovina has an important stock of masonry buildings constructed from the 1920s until the 1960s without application of any seismic code, due to their nonexistence at that time. With the 1963 Skopje earthquake, this class of buildings were shown to be rather vulnerable to seismic actions, which exhibited serious damage. This article assesses the seismic vulnerability of a typical multi-storey residential unreinforced load-bearing masonry building located in the heart of Sarajevo, which may be exposed to an earthquake of magnitude up to 6 by Richter’s scale. The buildings of this kind make up to 6% of the entire housing stock in the urban region of Sarajevo, while in Slovenia this percentage is much higher (around 30%). The analysis of a typical building located in Sarajevo revealed its drawbacks and the need for some kind of strengthening intervention to be implemented. Additionally, many structures of this type are overstressed by one to two additional floors (not the case of the analyzed structure) constructed from 1996 onwards. This was due to the massive population increase in the city center of Sarajevo and further increased the vulnerability of these buildings. View Full-Text
Keywords: unreinforced load-bearing masonry; strengthening intervention; non-linear analysis unreinforced load-bearing masonry; strengthening intervention; non-linear analysis

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Ademović, N.; Oliveira, D.V.; Lourenço, P.B. Seismic Evaluation and Strengthening of an Existing Masonry Building in Sarajevo, B&H. Buildings 2019, 9, 30.

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