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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 ...

    02 September 2015

  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 ...

    01 September 2015

  3. Hydraulic drive for fatigue tests, use of an asymmetric tandem cylinder for fatigue tests and method of controlling the hydraulic drive

    A fatigue test is a method for determining the behavior of materials under fluctuating loads. Typically, a specified mean load and an alternating load are applied to a specimen and the number of cycles required to produce failure (fatigue life) is recorde ...

    20 May 2016

  4. Background to the European seismic design provisions for retrofitting RC elements using FRP materials

    This paper is a comprehensive state of the art background document on European seismic design provisions which was assembled in support of the development of design guidelines by the fib Committee 5.1 regarding the use of externally applied Fiber Reinforc ...

    15 July 2016

  5. Stiffness-displacement correlation from the RC shear-wall tests of the SAFE program. Derivation of a capacity line model.

    The response of 13 reinforced concrete shear walls submitted to successive seismic tests has been postprocessed to produce time histories of secant stiffness and displacement oscillation amplitude. For every wall an envelope curve of displacement amplitud ...

    15 July 2016

  6. Hopkinson Bar facility

    HopLab The HOPLAB facility is used for the study of materials and of structural components to very fast dynamic loads, such as those due to blasts and impacts, where knowledge of the material behaviour under high strain-rates is necessary. HOPLAB is the W ...

    30 April 2014

  7. European Laboratory for Structural Assessment

    ELSA The kernel of the European Laboratory for Structural Assessment (ELSA) is the Reaction Wall. It consists of a re-inforced concrete vertical wall and a horizontal floor rigidly connected together to test the vulnerability of buildings to earthquakes a ...

    18 May 2015

  8. Shear strengthening of full-scale RC T-beams using textile-reinforced mortar and textile-based anchors

    This paper presents a study on the effectiveness of TRM jacketing in shear strengthening of full-scale reinforced concrete (RC) T-beams focusing on the behaviour of a novel end-anchorage system comprising textile-based anchors. The parameters examined in ...

    01 June 2016

  9. EU-US-Asia workshop on hybrid testing

    05 Oct 2015 to 06 Oct 2015 The JRC is organising an international workshop on hybrid cyber-physical testing, possibly real-time and/or geographically-distributed. It is a joint EU-USA initiative and the main objective is to bring together researchers from ...

    29 September 2015

  10. Elaboration of Maps for Climatic and Seismic Actions for Structural Design in the Balkan region

    27 Oct 2015 to 28 Oct 2015 Within the national framework for adoption of the Eurocodes, each country must elaborate maps for climatic and seismic actions for structural design. National choice, which should cover country particularities in climatic and se ...

    24 September 2015

  11. European design standards widespread in the building sector

    30 Dec 2015 According to a new JRC study, 23 out of the 28 EU countries, as well as Norway, have implemented the European Technical Standards (Eurocodes) for buildings and other civil engineering works, which have become national standards. The study also ...

    22 December 2015

  12. Seismic fragility curves for the European building stock: review and evaluation of existing fragility curves

    Earthquakes continue to represent a serious threat for some European countries, particularly for Mediterranean bordering countries, where these events have been triggering significant destruction and loss over the last decades. Despite the unpredictable n ...

    06 May 2016

  13. Construction Standards- Standardization Summit 2015

    03 Jun 2015 The JRC side-event to the Standardization Summit on the topic of construction standards is co-organised with the European Committee for Standardization (CEN) within the framework of the European Forum for Science and Industry. The main objecti ...

    18 May 2015

  14. Synthesis Report on the National Plans for Nearly Zero Energy Buildings (NZEBs): Progress of Member States towards NZEBs

    Buildings are a key element of European energy policies due to the high energy consumption and estimated potential energy savings that are associated with this sector. The recast of the Energy Performance of Building Directive (EPBD) requires Nearly Zero- ...

    15 April 2016

  15. Reducing burden of disease from residential indoor air exposures in Europe (HEALTHVENT project)

    Background: The annual burden of disease caused indoor air pollution, including polluted outdoor air used to ventilate indoor spaces, is estimated to correspond to a loss of over 2 million healthy life years in the European Union (EU). Based on measuremen ...

    01 April 2016

  16. Summary of the Meeting on 11 December 2015 on Adaptation of Structural Design to Climate Change

    The objectives of the meeting were as follows: 1. Discuss the feasibility and needs for creating snow map for structural design which accounts for the climate change: • availability of methodology and data; • scope of a snow map project – geographic, time ...

    16 March 2016

  17. Impact of appliances and lighting for Nearly Zero Energy Buildings (nZEBs) in Europe

    As established by the recast of the European Union (EU) Directive on Energy Performance of Buildings (EPBD), all new buildings should be nearly zero energy buildings (nZEBs) within the EU by the end of 2020. However, reaching this result at the lowest pos ...

    20 March 2016

  18. Design of steel buildings with the Eurocodes

    16 Oct 2014 to 17 Oct 2014 This workshop intends to contribute towards the transfer of background knowledge and expertise on the Eurocodes, mainly the EN 1993, from specialists of the European Convention for Constructional Steelwork (ECCS) to potential tr ...

    07 October 2014

  19. STREST Stakeholder Workshop – User requirements for safety assessment and stress tests of non-nuclear Critical Infrastructures against natural hazards

    30 Oct 2014 The workshop aims at collecting and integrating from the wider community of owners, operators and regulators the user requirements concerning safety assessment and stress tests of non-nuclear Critical Infrastructures. It will also present the ...

    27 August 2014

  20. Benchmarking of the Symbolic Machine Learning classifier with state of the art image classification methods- application to remote sensing imagery

    A new method for satellite data classification is presented. The method is based on symbolic machine learning (SML) techniques and is designed for working in complex and information-abundant environments, where it is important to assess relationships betw ...

    06 March 2016

  21. Eurocodes- Building the Future

    Eurocodes http://eurocodes.jrc.ec.europa.eu/home.php The EN Eurocodes are a series of 10 European Standards providing a common approach for the design of buildings and other civil engineering works and construction products. The Eurocodes website contains ...

    15 January 2015

  22. European Laboratory for Structural Assessment- Database

    ELSA Database European Laboratory for Structural Assessment- Database Database of tests performed at the European Laboratory for Structural Assessment (ELSA). Results of test campaigns are available for authorised users to download. Environment and climat ...

    30 April 2014

  23. EUROPLEXUS simulation software

    EUROPLEXUS EUROPLEXUS Web Site EUROPLEXUS is a computer code for the simulation of fast transient fluid-structure interaction problems. It is co-owned by JRC and CEA and is developed jointly by the co-owners plus the members of a Consortium (currently inc ...

    30 April 2014

  24. Implementation and Use of the Eurocodes in the Candidate and Potential Countries of the EU in the Balkan region

    04 Nov 2014 to 05 Nov 2014 The workshop  “Building capacities for elaboration of NDPs and NA of the Eurocodes in the Balkan region“ is organised within the framework of the JRC Enlargement and Integration Action and intends to foster the implementation of ...

    15 May 2014

  25. Operating procedure for the production of the Global Human Settlement Layer from Landsat data of the epochs 1975, 1990, 2000, and 2014

    A new global information baseline describing the spatial evolution of the human settlements in the past 40 years is presented. It is the most spatially global detailed data available today dedicated to human settlements, and it shows the greatest temporal ...

    03 March 2016