The seismic performance of three modern unreinforced masonry buildings struck by the earthquake sequence of May 2012 in Emilia (Italy) has been investigated, to define the safety margins and possible critical issues in the seismic design according to the European seismic codes. The selected structures have been redesigned, applying linear and static nonlinear analyses, and verified against collapse according to both Eurocodes 6 and 8 and Italian Norms for Constructions. The design has provided inconsistent results, in particular with the application of Eurocodes, where none of the three buildings fulfilled the safety checks even at very low lateral action, although two of these structures did not attain any visible damage after the events of May 2012. The requirements of the Italian seismic code have provided, at least for static nonlinear analyses, results more in line with the actual seismic response of the buildings. The main issues and some proposals for the improvement of the codified procedures for seismic design of unreinforced masonry buildings are finally discussed.

Application of seismic design procedures on three modern URM buildings struck by the 2012 Emilia earthquakes: inconsistencies and improvement proposals in the European codes

Morandi P.
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Manzini C. F.;Magenes G.
2020-01-01

Abstract

The seismic performance of three modern unreinforced masonry buildings struck by the earthquake sequence of May 2012 in Emilia (Italy) has been investigated, to define the safety margins and possible critical issues in the seismic design according to the European seismic codes. The selected structures have been redesigned, applying linear and static nonlinear analyses, and verified against collapse according to both Eurocodes 6 and 8 and Italian Norms for Constructions. The design has provided inconsistent results, in particular with the application of Eurocodes, where none of the three buildings fulfilled the safety checks even at very low lateral action, although two of these structures did not attain any visible damage after the events of May 2012. The requirements of the Italian seismic code have provided, at least for static nonlinear analyses, results more in line with the actual seismic response of the buildings. The main issues and some proposals for the improvement of the codified procedures for seismic design of unreinforced masonry buildings are finally discussed.
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