Bridging the R&D gap in experimental earthquake engineering
The European Laboratory for Structural Assessment (ELSA) at the JRC Institute for the Protection and Security of the Citizen (IPSC) in Ispra has been granted the status of "Large Research Infrastructure" within the Capacities Programme of the EU's Seventh Framework Programme for Research and Development (FP7).
As a partner in the international research project SERIES (Seismic Engineering Research Infrastructures for European Synergies), ELSA and its unique testing capabilities will play a key role in networking, providing access to its facilities and conducting research at the forefront of technology.
The large-scale experiments that will take place at the ELSA Reaction Wall during the project period will serve the needs of the European construction industry by allowing experimental validation of innovative construction techniques, while providing data for the calibration of Eurocodes, the European Standards for construction design.
A database of test results pooling data from the European research infrastructures, will be made accessible and maintained by a virtual research community.
European seismic engineering research suffers from the fragmentation of its research infrastructures between countries and limited access to these infrastructures for the scientific community in the field of earthquake engineering. The SERIES project aims to bridge the R&D gap in experimental earthquake engineering between Europe and the US or Japan by facilitating transnational access to key European research infrastructures.