Title: PsD and Cyclic Testing of Full-Scale Prototypes of R/C Precast One Storey Industrial Buildings
Citation: Proceedings of the European Association of Earthquake Engineering (EAEE) and the European Seismological Commission (ESC) p. 1-10
Publisher: EAEE & ESC
Publication Year: 2006
JRC N°: JRC33355
URI: http://publications.jrc.ec.europa.eu/repository/handle/JRC33355
Type: Articles in periodicals and books
Abstract: In this paper, the experimental activity carried out in the framework of the EC-funded research project Precast EC8 is presented. The project, spanning over three and a half years, aims at investigating the adequacy of current EC8 approach, normally accepted for cast-in-situ r/c structures, when applied to the design of precast structures, through a balanced mix of experimental and numerical activity. A number of European and overseas Partners, both from the research community and the precast construction industry, are involved in the project. The paper focuses on the description of a series of pseudodynamic and tests on full-scale prototypes, representative of typical European precast industrial facilities, carried out at the ELSA Laboratory of the Joint Research Centre of the EC in Ispra. The interpretation of the results of these tests will allow a better insight to be gathered both on the global response of such precast industrial facilities to seismic excitation and on the behaviour of connections in precast structures, designed according to EC8 prescriptions. Time histories of global quantities (displacement of the control point of the deck, shear force at the control point, forces in the actuators, absorbed energy) were directly available from the test algorithm. Moreover, a pattern for local instrumentation was placed on the structure to “capture” all the quantities of interest at element and connection level. In the paper, the most meaningful global and local data collected during the tests are discussed with reference to the open issues in the seismic behaviour of precast industrial structures.
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