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Performance of industrial buildings during the Emilia earthquakes in Northern Italy and recommendations for their strengthening

Bournas, Dionysios A.; Negro, Paolo; Taucer, Fabio F.

Authors

Dionysios A. Bournas

Paolo Negro

Fabio F. Taucer

Abstract

A series of earthquakes, the highest of magnitude M w 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.

Journal Article Type Article
Publication Date Jun 7, 2013
Journal Bulletin of Earthquake Engineering
Print ISSN 1570-761X
Electronic ISSN 1573-1456
Publisher Humana Press
Peer Reviewed Peer Reviewed
Volume 12
Issue 5
Institution Citation Bournas, D. A., Negro, P., & Taucer, F. F. (2013). Performance of industrial buildings during the Emilia earthquakes in Northern Italy and recommendations for their strengthening. Bulletin of Earthquake Engineering, 12(5), doi:10.1007/s10518-013-9466-z
DOI https://doi.org/10.1007/s10518-013-9466-z
Keywords Industrial buildings; Precast structures; Connections; Cladding elements; Simply supported beams; Steel storage racks
Publisher URL http://link.springer.com/article/10.1007/s10518-013-9466-z
Copyright Statement Copyright information regarding this work can be found at the following address: http://creativecommons.org/licenses/by/4.0

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