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Correlation of In-Situ Material Characterization Tests and Experimental Performances of RC Members

  • Ciro Del Vecchio
  • Marco Di Ludovico
  • Andrea Prota
  • Edoardo Cosenza
  • Gaetano Manfredi
Conference paper
Part of the Lecture Notes in Civil Engineering book series (LNCE, volume 10)

Abstract

Existing RC buildings of the Mediterranean area commonly show high variability in the material mechanical properties because of the construction age and manufacturing processes. Such a variability has been confirmed by number of in-situ tests performed during the reconstruction process in the aftermath of L’Aquila 2009 earthquake. In this context, destructive and non-destructive characterization tests are useful supporting tools to estimate the actual concrete mechanical properties and to improve the accuracy of the seismic capacity assessment. The paper reports of a wide material characterization program consisting of destructive and non-destructive tests carried out on a building severely damaged by the L’Aquila 2009 earthquake. Due to poor concrete mechanical properties and seismic structural weaknesses, the building was demolished. Portions of the structural systems have been extracted before the building demolition, subjected to material characterization tests and then tested in laboratory. The comparison between the two sets of material characterization test programs and the correlation with the experimental performances of an RC column tested under compressive axial load is presented herein.

Keywords

In-situ test Sonreb Experimental test Existing buildings Reinforced concrete 

Notes

Acknowledgements

The authors would like to express their gratitude to Prof. Francesco Benedettini (University of L’Aquila) for the interest and passion dedicated to these research activities. His premature leaving makes us sad and disappointed. In his memory, we will continue these research activities with the same passion he has conveyed to us.

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Authors and Affiliations

  • Ciro Del Vecchio
    • 1
  • Marco Di Ludovico
    • 1
  • Andrea Prota
    • 1
  • Edoardo Cosenza
    • 1
  • Gaetano Manfredi
    • 1
  1. 1.Department of Structures for Engineering and ArchitectureUniversity of Napoli Federico IINaplesItaly

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