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 The paper presents both the general planning and some preliminary results of a physical/numericaltesting of a full-scale existing reinforced concrete building. The research investigates the efficiency of different advanced techniques for seismic upgrading/retrofitting. The building under study was designedand constructed at the end of 70s, for resisting mainly vertical loads and according to out-of-datetechnical codes. It is destined to be demolished because of the political decision to convert the ex-industrial area (ILVA steel mill), where the building is located (Bagnoli district of Naples, Italy), into a
tourist and residential one. Thus, the idea was to carry out an ‘intelligent demolition’, from which theacronym of the project «ILVA Intelligent DEMolition» (ILVA-IDEM), by using the building as a full-scale specimen to be tested up to collapse. The research involves several universities, nationalinstitutions and industrial companies. Within the planned experimental investigation the followingseismic upgrading/retrofitting systems are examined: 1. concentric buckling-restrained steel braces; 2.eccentric steel braces; 3. concentric shape memory alloy braces; 4. base isolation; 5. steel shear panels.Besides, a seismic repairing system, making use of carbon fiber reinforced polymers is under study.
 Seismic upgrading of existing gravity-load designed (GLD) reinforced concrete (RC) buildings is a veryimportant subject in the field of earthquake engineering. In fact, recent earthquakes (Northridge, U.S.A.1994; Kobe, Japan, 1995; Izmit, Turkey, 1999; Athens, Greece, 1999; ChiChi, Taiwan 1999) clearlydemonstrated the lack of adequate protection against both damage and collapse for this type of structures.Hence the need to improve the current structural design codes for seismic zones, in order to safeguardhuman lives, but also to limit damage and loss of functionality in buildings and facilities after a strongearthquake, has been strongly highlighted.
Full professor, Department of Structural Analysis and Design, University of Naples Federico II
Assistant professor, Department of Structural Analysis and Design, University of Naples Federico II
Eng., Ph.D., Department of Structural Analysis and Design, University of Naples Federico II
World Conference on Earthquake Engineering
Vancouver, B.C., CanadaAugust 1-6, 2004Paper No. 270
Several technical solutions are currently available for the mitigation of earthquake risks, going fromactive to passive dissipating devices as well as base isolation. In general, seismic repairing/upgradingstructural systems can be classified according to the following conceptual scheme:1. Systems based on adding new structural elements, which directly operate at global level forimproving the seismic response.2. Systems based on repairing/upgrading existing structural elements, aiming at improving theglobal response by changing the local behaviour.Type 1 systems are very useful for seismic upgrading in those situations characterised by the absence of purposely-designed lateral-load resisting structures, such as in the case of GLD buildings. A correctdesign of these systems is based on the idea to eliminate/reduce the plastic deformation demand to theexisting structure by adding supplemental energy dissipating devices. Among type 1 systems, metal-based technologies are often considered as the most satisfactory technical solutions, because of theeffectiveness, practicality and economy [1, 2 ,3]. Metal solutions mainly consist in adding new structuralelements in the form of braces, which collaborate with the existing structure, varying its static schemeand operating at global level as supplemental energy dissipation passive systems. The bracing systemsare designed according to modern knowledge of earthquake engineering, so that they may significantlyimprove safety of existing buildings against lateral collapse. Steel-based solutions are very affordable,but, as they rely on steel yielding for dissipation, they are also affected by the problem of residualdeformations of the structure after the earthquake. This drawback could be overcome by means of innovative shape-memory alloys (SMA) solutions, which, based on the super-elastic properties of suchmaterials, allow a self-centring capacity of the structure after the earthquake [4]. In the latter case, theenergy dissipation could be integrated through the addition of viscous damping devices. Theeffectiveness of many of such systems in protecting both structural and non-structural components haslong been demonstrated by both theoretical and experimental studies. An overview of classic passivecontrol systems is given in Kasai et al [5]. Among type 2 systems, a multitude of seismicrehabilitation/reparation techniques has been proposed and studied. With reference to the traditionalsystems, the following practices can be mentioned: a) epoxy injections; b) steel plating or concrete jacketing [6]. More recently, the use of fibre reinforced polymers is spreading [7].Nowadays, a lot of both theoretical studies and experimental tests of reinforcing systems on structuralelements and sub-structures have been performed [8, 9, 10]. Laboratory experiences are valuable forstudying the intervention techniques, but they present important restrictions, concerning the difficulty towell reproduce the actual boundary conditions for the single structural element or sub-structure,sometimes the scale-effect, the difficulty to reproduce the actual RC structure defects (e.g. reinforcingbars corrosion and/or concrete degradation). For these reasons, the opportunity to perform collapse testson existing structures must be considered a precious and unavoidable occasion to improve the knowledgeon both design and analysis methods. What is more, the major part of recent studies mainly examineseach technical solution independently from the others. Therefore the surplus value of the currentexperimental investigation consists in both the analysis of an existing building and the examination andcomparison of different technologies for building upgrading. In this framework, the proposed researchactivity consists of a series of full-scale tests on a reinforced concrete (RC) building, located in Bagnoli(Naples, Italy), in the area where the plants of the previous steel mill named ILVA (former Italsider) havebeen destined to be demolished. Inspired from this occurrence, the acronym of the research project has
been decided: «ILVA-IDEM (ILVA Intelligent DEMolition)». The aim of the research is to analyze thereliability of different advanced systems for seismic upgrading, by performing experimental tests untilcollapse of the structures under investigation. Details about this research are given hereafter.
The building under investigation is located in the Bagnoli district of Naples (Italy). In this site a veryimportant industrial plant of the Italian steel producer, n
amed “ILVA” (or “Italsider”), was installed atthe beginning of the last century. After the decision of the European Community to reduce the Italianproduction of steel, many iron and steel mills have been closed, including the Bagnoli plant whose sitewas recognized as very attractive from the viewpoint of the tourist exploitation. So, the ex-industrial areaof Bagnoli is now under reorganization, in order to convert it into a residential and tourist one. As aconsequence, a lot of constructions located in Bagnoli have already been demolished or they will be infew years. However, several of such buildings possess cultural value from the perspective of thestructural engineering, because they represent the construction practice for RC buildings during the 60s-70s in the South of Italy. They were designed and constructed for resisting mainly vertical loads,according to old seismic codes for constructions. Moreover, they often underwent material degradationbecause of aggressive environmental conditions. For such constructions the urgency of evaluating theseismic vulnerability and identifying the appropriate upgrading/retrofitting structural system exists. Inparticular, the examined building was designed and constructed at the end of the 70s, few years beforethe occurrence of the Campano-Lucano earthquake (Irpinia, Italy, 1980). At that time, the city of Napleswas even not considered to be exposed to significant seismic actions, so that the practice was to designeither without or with only very small attention to the horizontal load-resisting structural scheme. Figure1 shows the building before the experimental investigation, together with its schematic plan and frontviews. The building has a rectangular lengthened plan shape (41.6m×6.50m) and it is on two floors witha first and second floor heights on the ground of 3.55m and 6.81m, respectively. Beams are set only alongthe building perimeter and they support hollow tiles mixed slabs. In the transverse direction, lateralstrength is essentially provided by perimeter columns, which have 300mm×300mm square concrete
mate 300mmspacing. In order to increase the potential number of specimens and to test different upgrading solutions,slabs were cut at the first and second floor, in such a way to divide the whole building into six separatesimple structures to be analysed. Figure 2 roughly shows this subdivision. Before the cutting of the slabs,both the internal partitions and the external claddings of the building were removed. Figure 2 illustratesthe building at the end of such preliminary operations.

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