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Seismic-resistant Highly Deformable Structures

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 Coordinator Country United Kingdom [UK]
 Project website
 Total cost 195˙454 €
 EC max contribution 195˙454 € (100%)
 Programme 1. H2020-EU.1.3.2. (Nurturing excellence by means of cross-border and cross-sector mobility)
 Code Call H2020-MSCA-IF-2014
 Funding Scheme MSCA-IF-EF-ST
 Starting year 2015
 Duration (year-month-day) from 2015-05-01   to  2017-04-30


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# participants  country  role  EC contrib. [€] 
1    THE UNIVERSITY OF SHEFFIELD UK (SHEFFIELD) coordinator 195˙454.00


 Project objective

The recent earthquakes that have struck Europe the last decade, L’Aquila (2009) and Lorca (2011) have shown that even for a moderate seismic hazard level the seismic action can cause huge personal and economic losses. Therefore there is a need for new structural designs based on the performance of the structures during earthquakes rather than their strength. This project will focus on the development and verification of a novel seismic-resistant highly deformable reinforced concrete structure. This innovative design takes advantage of the superior deformability of reinforced High Deformability Concrete (HDC) elements to develop a structure with controlled performance, in which the structural damage is concentrated in especially designed elements. The new structural system combines ductile shear walls with flexible coupling beams designed with reinforced HDC. HDC is currently being developed by the host Institution as part of Anagennisi, a FP7 EU funded project, and utilises recycled rubber particles as replacement of both fines and coarse aggregates. A preliminary experimental investigation is being undertaken to characterise the mechanical properties of HDC, and complimentary testing is planned to be carried out as part of this fellowship. This initial multi-scale testing phase will be followed by the development of a material model and its implementation in a finite element software for the analysis and assessment of representative prototypes of seismic resistant highly deformable structures. The new structure will be more sustainable as it will be easily repairable after an earthquake and will have a better seismic performance avoiding non-structural damages. This project will contribute to the development of new technology in Europe, and will provide an important stepping stone for the fellow’s career.


year authors and title journal last update
List of publications.
2017 Samar Raffoul, Reyes Garcia, David Escolano-Margarit, Maurizio Guadagnini, Iman Hajirasouliha, Kypros Pilakoutas
Behaviour of unconfined and FRP-confined rubberised concrete in axial compression
published pages: 388-397, ISSN: 0950-0618, DOI: 10.1016/j.conbuildmat.2017.04.175
Construction and Building Materials 147 2019-07-24
2017 Samar Raffoul, David Escolano-Margarit, Reyes Garcia, Kypros Pilakoutas, Maurizio Guadagnini
Performance of FRP-confined Rubberised Concrete under Compressive Loading
published pages: 34-38, ISSN: , DOI:
COST Action TU1207 Next Generation Design Guidelines for Composites in Construction: End of Action Conference Proceedings 2019-07-24
2017 David Escolano-Margarit , Samar Raffoul , Matteo Di Benedetti , Kypros Pilakoutas , Maurizio Guadagnini
Experimental Study on Highly Deformable Coupling Beams
published pages: 39-42, ISSN: , DOI:
COST Action TU1207 Next Generation Design Guidelines for Composites in Construction: End of Action Conference Proceedings 2019-07-24
2017 David Escolano-Margari, Reyes Garcia, Samar Raffoul, Matteo Di Benedetti, Iman Hajirasouliha, Maurizio Guadagnini, Kypros Pilakoutas
Seismic Performance Evaluation of Coupled Walls Using Innovative Highly Deformable Coupling Beams
published pages: , ISSN: , DOI:
Proceedings of the 16th World Conference on Earthquake Engineering 2019-07-24

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