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Comparison between seismic retrofitting solutions for existing reinforced concrete buildings: a case study

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In assessing the safety of existing buildings, the specific actions dedicated to the knowledge of the structure delineate the parameters of the linear or non–linear analysis aimed at identifying the most appropriate structural intervention. In this context, the present paper collects the seismic analysis of a school building in reinforced concrete, illustrating the different stages concerning the acquisition of geometrical and mechanical data, problems about structural modelling and the features of the seismic retrofitting proposed. In closing, a critical comparison between the results derived from some techniques frequently used to seismically improve existing structures.

Keywords: seismic retrofitting, safety assessment, existing buildings, dissipative systems, case study, reinforced concrete, knowledge level, nondestructive testing, NDT, core drilling, pushover analysis, earthquakes, building safety, school buildings, data acquisition, structural modelling

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