SHAKE-table Tests on TotalWALL Structural Connection Strengthening Systems

Project: Research

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In recent years, human-induced seismicity in the northern part of the Netherlands increased rendering the seismic response of unreinforced masonry (URM) structures critical. Majority of the existing buildings in the Netherlands are URM, which are not designed to withstand earthquakes. This issue motivates engineering and construction companies in the region to research on the seismic assessment of the existing structures.
The companies working in the structural engineering field in the region were forced to adapt very quickly to the earthquake related problems, such as strengthening of existing buildings after earthquake. Such solutions are of prime importance for the Groningen region due to the extent of the earthquake problems and need for strengthening the houses. The research published in the literature show that the connections play an important role in seismic resistant of the houses. Fixing or improving the poor wall-to-wall or floor-to-wall connections may have a large positive impact on the overall seismic behaviour. Some strengthening solutions are already provided by SMEs, and an extensive experimental campaign was carried out at TU Delft on retrofitted connections. In this project, a new experiment will be run on a large shake-table, unique in the Netherlands, that can simulate earthquake vibrations. These tests, together with the previous experience, will complement the overall knowledge on the strengthening solutions and their performance under real-time actual earthquake vibrations.
Short titleSHAKE-WALL
Effective start/end date1/01/201/05/20

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