Strengthening of RC Buildings with Steel Elements

  • J. M. Castro
  • M. Araújo
  • M. D’Aniello
  • R. Landolfo
Part of the Building Pathology and Rehabilitation book series (BUILDING, volume 9)


Existing reinforced concrete (RC) buildings often need some strengthening interventions due to different reasons, such as change in usage, repair of visible damage or seismic strengthening. Nowadays, few guidelines and codes that specifically addressing this issue are available in Europe, even though a wide range of research activities and scientific literature is available. As a result, the lack of clarity and guidance from current codes leads most practitioners to rely on their engineering judgment and to resort to assessment procedures that are conceptually suitable to the design of new structures, rather than to the assessment of existing ones. Hence, this chapter aims at providing a brief discussion on the assessment procedures most commonly adopted by practitioners and at clarifying the adequacy of such approaches. Moreover, building on the manifold applications and versatility of steel, the use of steel elements in the strengthening of existing RC buildings is herein addressed. A number of strengthening techniques, from traditional to more innovative solutions, are presented alongside with a brief discussion on the relevant issues characterizing their design and performance.


RC buildings Local and global strengthening Steel elements Innovative dissipative systems 



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

  • J. M. Castro
    • 1
  • M. Araújo
    • 1
  • M. D’Aniello
    • 2
  • R. Landolfo
    • 2
  1. 1.CONSTRUCT-LESE, Civil Engineering Department, Faculty of EngineeringUniversity of PortoPortoPortugal
  2. 2.Department of Structures for Engineering and ArchitectureUniversity of Naples “Federico II”NaplesItaly

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