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  1. Standards in construction: the Eurocodes

    The construction and construction products sector is crucial for the European economy, representing approximately 10% of the EU GDP and providing 20 million jobs. Construction also represents a key component in the quality of life of citizens, as they spe ...

    05 May 2014

  2. Improving safety in construction

    Earthquakes, explosions, impacts and blast threaten the safety of buildings, construction works and infrastructure. Large-scale testing and numerical simulation are complementary tools to study the effects of such events on the built environment and devel ...

    28 April 2015

  3. Bridge Design to Eurocodes – Worked examples

    JRC Scientific and Technical Research Report providing worked examples for a bridge structure designed following the Eurocodes. It summarizes important points of the Eurocodes for the design of concrete, steel and composite road bridges, including foundat ...

    30 April 2014

  4. Design Guidelines for Connections of Precast Structures under Seismic Actions

    JRC Scientific and Technical Research Report, integrating the Work-Package WP6, “Derivation of design rules” of the project SAFECAST (Performance of Innovative Mechanical Connections in Precast Building Structures under Seismic Conditions).     This docum ...

    30 April 2014

  5. Eurocode 8: Seismic Design of Buildings- Worked examples

    JRC Scientific and Technical Research Report comprising worked examples for seismic design of buildings following the Eurocodes, and summarizing important points of the Eurocode 8 for the seismic design of concrete and steel buildings including foundation ...

    30 April 2014

  6. Memorandum on the results of the sixth Workshop on the Implementation and Application of the Directive 2008/114/EC

    JRC Scientific and Technical Research Report providing information about the workshops on the Implementation and Application of the Directive 2008/114/EC on the identification and designation of European critical infrastructures and the assessment of the ...

    30 April 2014

  7. Choice of steel material for bridge bearings to avoid brittle fracture

    JRC Scientific and Techinical Research Report, addressing bridge bearings verification against brittle failure at low temperatures. This report adapts the fracture mechanical approach used in EN 1993 1 10 and gives information for a “safe-sided” choice of ...

    30 April 2014

  8. Mission to the Area Affected by the Earthquakes in the Pianura Emiliana-Padana of May-June 2012- Brief Note

    JRC Scientific and Technical Research Report describing the effects of the earthquakes mainly for what concerns prefabricated reinforced concrete industrial buildings, recognizing the important effect that the Pianura Padana-Emiliana earthquakes (May-June ...

    30 April 2014

  9. Energy-Based Hysteresis Model for Flexural Response of Reinforced Concrete Columns

    An energy-based hysteresis model is developed for the moment-rotation (curvature) response of columns with flexural response. The model accounts for deterioration in cyclic energy dissipation capacity as well as strength and stiffness, including pinching. ...

    30 April 2014

  10. Energy Dissipation Capacity of Reinforced Concrete Columns under Cyclic Displacements

    Energy dissipation capacity of reinforced concrete columns is investigated under inelastic cyclic displacements. Experimental data is obtained from twenty column specimens tested under constant amplitude displacement cycles and from three column specimens ...

    30 April 2014

  11. Experimental and numerical simulation activities for the assessment of explosion effects in a train station

    The behaviour of structural materials and components at higher strain-rates, and experimental techniques and facilities for relevant studies have been considered. Numerical simulation tools, suitable for fast dynamic phenomena, have also in parallel been ...

    30 April 2014

  12. Strong and weak forms of a fully non-conforming FSI algorithm in fast transient dynamics for blast loading of structures

    The simulation of blast loading effects on structures undergoing very large defor-mations, possibly up to complete failure and fragmentation, requires robust and specific Flu-id-Structure Interaction (FSI) algorithms. The FLSR algorithm uses fully non-con ...

    30 April 2014

  13. Modal Analysis of Small & Medium Structures by Fast Impact Hammer Testing (FIHT) Method

    In the context of the SERIES project (Task 2.3:?software development for data processing?) concerning the availability of simple tools and techniques for real-time data analysis and interpretation, the present report discusses the use of the Fast Impact H ...

    30 April 2014

  14. The Influence of Anisotropy due to Crystallographic Texture on Residual Stresses in Welds

    Welding as a fabrication technique is commonly used to join components in many industries, among which the aircraft and automotive industries, ship building, and construction industry. After the welding process the joined component is inevitably internall ...

    30 April 2014

  15. Experimental and numerical investigations about laminated glass loaded by air blast waves

    The simulation of laminated glass loaded by air blast waves is complex. The behaviour of Polyvinylbutyral (PVB) under short term loading shows an elastic-hardening behaviour. The Young?s modulus and the hardening factor depend on the strain rate. Several ...

    30 April 2014

  16. Implementation, harmonization and further development of the Eurocodes? A case study on Eurocode 2

    The Eurocodes are a set of common technical rules for the design of structures and other civil engineering works and products, covering all major construction materials in almost all fields of civil engineering. The implementation of the Eurocodes in Memb ...

    30 April 2014

  17. Experimental investigation of high strain-rate behaviour of glass

    The purpose of this work is to assess the dynamic mechanical behaviour of a commercial glass similar to that of the laminated glass structures used for protection and security applications in buildings. In particular, the study has been focussed on the in ...

    30 April 2014

  18. Experimental and numerical investigations of laminated glass subjected to blast loading

    Laminated glass is widely used on the outside surface of modern buildings and it can protect the interior of a structure from the effects of an air blast. In this study several numerical models are reviewed and used to simulate the failure of the glass as ...

    30 April 2014

  19. Simulation of laminated glass loaded by air blast waves

    In this paper, several different material models are used to analyze and to compare the behaviour of laminated glass subjected to blast loads. LS-DYNA and EUROPLEXUS are used as numerical codes with their different capabilities to describe the failure beh ...

    30 April 2014

  20. Biaxial Bending of RC Columns Strengthened with Externally Applied Reinforcement in Combination with Confinement

    The paper presents an analytical model for the analysis of reinforced concrete members with rectangular cross-section, strengthened in flexure with various types of externally applied reinforcement (near-surface mounted? NSM? or externally bonded? EBR), i ...

    30 April 2014

  21. Review of the scientific literature on the effects of ventilation on health within HealthVent project

    In the context of the HEALTHVENT project supported by the European Commission,Directorate General for Health and Consumers, aiming at developing health-based ventilation guidelines for Europe, literature concerning the correlations between diseases and ve ...

    30 April 2014

  22. European Commission?s efforts in harmonising the testing and health based evaluation of construction products emissions in relation to CE marking

    European Commission has established an important initiative to put in place a harmonisation framework for the testing and the health-based evaluation of emissions from building products in the European Union (EU). This will allow overcome the discrepancie ...

    30 April 2014

  23. Seismic Performance of Mechanical Connections in the SAFECAST Precast Building

    A full-scale three-storey precast building was tested under seismic conditions at the ELSA Laboratory in the framework of the SAFECAST project. The unique research opportunity of testing a complete structural system was exploited to the maximum extent by ...

    30 April 2014

  24. Nanotechnology in manufacturing paints for eco-efficient buildings

    The addition of a photocatalyst provides decontamination properties to a paint. It is able of continuously oxidizing both organic and inorganic pollutants and microorganisms under the influence of light. Photocatalytic paints are useful in a wide range of ...

    30 April 2014

  25. Error study of a hybrid testing system of structures through a state-space model

    Experimental methods such as hybrid or pseudo-dynamic tests are always subjected to experimental errors which effect on the obtained response is important to assess. An analytical linear model formulated on state-space equations has been developed for a m ...

    30 April 2014