About our activity around the project
- Intends to put the "framed-masonry" composite up as a full-fledged building type. As it is right it is so by accident (unintentionally).
- The main function of normative rules in relation to frames containing walls is to warn engineers about their negative effects rather than stating how they should be designed for proper behavior.
- So one may say that our project is "transformative". We are going to change practice.
- Phase 1 – two full-scale buildings proposed for earthquake-simulation tests. Main goals: shear strength of the columns, effect of wall openings and out-of-plane stability, development of new sensors for remote sensing of structural safety.
- Phase 2 – pseudo-dynamic component tests to expand the domain of applicability of the information (partially underway in all teams).
- Phase 3 – development of consensus procedures for safety evaluation and design.
Essential objectives of buildings
- Buildings to be tested in a dynamic environment.
- Multiple stories in order to approach the fluctuations of axial force that a reinforced concrete frame with masonry infill walls would experience.
- Use of full-scale materials and dimensions.
- Intermediate column in the test structure.
- Testing of a building complex to gather physical data from the entire structure and from the dynamic environment.
- Experimental use of a inexpensive set of sensors that may be used for determining remotely the state of safety of the building.
- Commitment of the researchers to the development a consensus document on safety assessment and design of reinforced concrete frames with filler masonry walls.
Domestic project members
Professor of structural engineering with specializations in RC structures, structural testing, earthquake engineering and structural dynamics. He applied over 100 research projects, conducted over 250 design revisions and made over 300 structural designs.