Title: Performance of Industrial Buildings during the Emilia Earthquakes in Northern Italy and Recommendations for their Strengthening
Publisher: SPRINGER
Publication Year: 2013
JRC N°: JRC73777
ISSN: 1570-761X
URI: http://link.springer.com/article/10.1007%2Fs10518-013-9466-z
DOI: 10.1007/s10518-013-9466-z
Type: Articles in periodicals and books
Abstract: A series of earthquakes, the highest of magnitude Mw 5.9, hit a portion of the Po Valley in Northern Italy, which was only recently classified as seismic. The paper reports the findings and the lessons learnt from a preliminary field survey which was conducted immediately after the second event. As a result of the economic attitude of the affected area, and possibly of the characteristics of the event, an unprecedented number of industrial precast buildings were affected, resulting into most of the casualties as well as in large economic losses. Whereas most of the damaged and collapsed buildings were designed for gravity loads only, evidence of poor behavior of some precast buildings designed according to seismic provisions were discovered. The paper provides a description of the performance of precast buildings, highlighting the deficiencies that led to their poor behavior as well as some preliminary recommendations.
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