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An Example-Guide for Rapid Seismic Assessment and FRP Strengthening of Substandard RC Buildings

Tastani, Souzana; Thermou, Georgia


Souzana Tastani

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Assistant Professor in Structural Engineering


This paper presents a rapid seismic assessment and Fibre Reinforced Polymer (FRP) retrofit design methodology which relies on the European design guidelines recently published in Chapter 8 of fib Bulletin 90 on the use of externally applied FRP reinforcement in the seismic retrofitting of reinforced concrete (r.c.) structures. For this purpose, an example-guide is developed with stepby-step hand calculations aiming to facilitate engineers of practice and researchers working in the field to easily understand the proposed methodology. A three-storey, pilotis-type residential r.c. building is selected typical of the Mediterranean construction practice in the 1970s. The methodology followed only aims to provide preliminary results on seismic assessment and retrofitting before the implementation of more sophisticated analysis if need be (e.g., in case of irregular buildings). The assessment procedure identified that the columns of the ground storey, being the most critical structural elements for the stability of the structure, are vulnerable to brittle failure modes. To
remove all the brittle failure modes attributed to inherent deficiencies and enhance the overall deformation capacity of the building, the strengthening schemes applied in the ground storey (pilotis) is a combination of local strengthening measures, such as FRP wrapping, and global interventions. The latter may refer to the addition of r.c. jacketing to the central column to remove slenderness
and of metal X-braces to modify the lateral deflection shape of the building and thus moderate the interstorey displacement demand.


Tastani, S., & Thermou, G. (2022). An Example-Guide for Rapid Seismic Assessment and FRP Strengthening of Substandard RC Buildings. Applied Sciences, 12(24), Article 12950.

Journal Article Type Article
Acceptance Date Dec 12, 2022
Online Publication Date Dec 16, 2022
Publication Date Dec 16, 2022
Deposit Date Feb 12, 2023
Publicly Available Date Feb 13, 2023
Journal Applied Sciences
Electronic ISSN 2076-3417
Publisher MDPI
Peer Reviewed Peer Reviewed
Volume 12
Issue 24
Article Number 12950
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