Reducing the Seismic Vulnerability of Existing Buildings: Assessment and Retrofit

Edited by
July 2019
182 pages
  • ISBN978-3-03921-257-6 (Paperback)
  • ISBN978-3-03921-258-3 (PDF)

This book is a reprint of the Special Issue Reducing the Seismic Vulnerability of Existing Buildings: Assessment and Retrofit that was published in

Chemistry & Materials Science
Computer Science & Mathematics
Environmental & Earth Sciences
Physical Sciences

Devastating seismic events occurring all over the world keep raising the awareness of the scientific, technical and political communities to the need of identifying assets at risk and developing more effective and cost-efficient seismic risk mitigation strategies. Significant advances in earthquake engineering research have been achieved with the rise of new technologies and techniques with potential use in risk assessment, management and mitigation. Nevertheless, there is still much to be done, particularly with regard to existing buildings, most of them built without anti-seismic provisions. The wide variety of construction and structural systems, associated with the complex behaviour of their materials, greatly limit the application of current codes and building standards to the existing building stock. To tackle this issue, there is a fundamental need for developing multidisciplinary research that can lead to the development of more sophisticated and reliable methods of analysis, as well as to improved seismic retrofitting techniques compliant with buildings conservation principles. This book intends to contribute to the aforementioned goal by stimulating the exchange of ideas and knowledge on the assessment and reduction of the seismic vulnerability of existing buildings. 10 high quality contributions authored by international experts from Italy, Portugal, Morocco, Nepal, Czech Republic and Spain are included herein. All contributions pursue the protection of existing buildings by considering the most updated methods and advanced solutions emerging from different fields of expertise.

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infilled frames; pushover; seismic capacity; frame-infill interaction; retrofit; FRP; brittle failure; joints; vulnerability assessment; capacity curves; neural networks; earthquakes; earthquakes scenarios; vulnerability index; seismic risk; Imzouren; CARTIS form; Vulnerability assessment; Seismic attenuation law; Expected damage scenario; GIS mapping; Geo-hazard site effects; seismic performance; high-rise RC; inter-storey drift; Gorkha earthquake; masonry structures; numerical modeling; discrete elements; seismic analysis; carpentry halved joint; energy dissipation; seismic retrofitting; seismic vulnerability assessment; large-scale vulnerability analysis; numerical modelling; seismic retrofit; mobile-device applications; automatic protocols; damage assessment; in situ structural diagnosis; seismic restoration; unreinforced masonry structure; finite element modelling; nonlinear static analysis; limit analysis; seismic behavior; safety assessment; n/a