Code-Based Procedures for Seismic Safety Assessment and Retrofit

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Part of the Building Pathology and Rehabilitation book series (BUILDING, volume 9)

Abstract

Earthquake engineering experts, public authorities and general public agree on the idea that the seismic safety and performance of the built environment is a matter of high priority. Moreover, the widespread interest in methodologies which address the assessment and the retrofit of existing constructions reflects the global perception that such constructions are exposed to disproportionate levels of seismic risk. Rational and cost effective interventions on the built environment are therefore needed in order to mitigate such risk and reduce the expected level of losses in future earthquakes. Hence, over the past few years, several standards and guidelines addressing the problem of structural assessment and upgrading have been emerging for the specific case of earthquake loading. In this context, the current chapter presents a review of existing international structural standards and codes that provide specific methodologies for the seismic safety assessment and the strengthening of existing constructions.

Keywords

Seismic safety assessment Seismic retrofit Standards 

Notes

Acknowledgements

Part of this work reports to research financially supported by Project POCI-01-0145-FEDER-007457—CONSTRUCT—Institute of R&D in Structures and Construction, funded by FEDER funds through COMPETE2020—Programa Operacional Competitividade e Internacionalização (POCI) and by national funds through Fundação para a Ciência e a Tecnologia (FCT).

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Authors and Affiliations

  1. 1.CONSTRUCT-LESE, Civil Engineering Department, Faculty of EngineeringUniversity of PortoPortoPortugal
  2. 2.Department of Civil Engineering and ArchitectureUniversity of PaviaPaviaItaly
  3. 3.European Centre for Training and Research in Earthquake EngineeringPaviaItaly

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