Valorisation of knowledge for FREE from DAMage steel connections

Short description

The FREEDAM-PLUS project aims at the valorization and the dissemination of the results achieved within the FREEDAM project (RFSR-CT-2015-00022). Given the importance of the outcomes raised up from FREEDAM Project, design-oriented documents (guidelines, handbook, tools and design examples) will be produced in 13 different languages, and distributed among the partners of steel construction sectors, including all academic institutions, engineers and construction companies. Moreover, workshops and seminars will be organized all over Europe, in USA and in New Zealand for presenting material, and sharing knowledge. The current proposal is conceived in response to the need of the steel construction sector and practice in Europe for simple design tools for friction beam-to-column joints for seismic applications. With this regard, the widespread distribution of the design handbook and codified design procedures plays a key role in overcoming the intrinsic limitations of design assisted by tests in terms of both time and economical efforts and in providing reliable standard joints that can be easily used by designers.

Research program

RFCS - Research Fund for Coal and Steel


  • Università degli studi di Salerno (UNISA) - Italy
  • Università degli studi di Napoli - Federico II (UNINA) - Italy
  • Universite de Liege (ULG) – Belgium
  • Universidade de Coimbra (UC) – Portugal
  • Universitatea Politehnica Timisoara (UPT) – Romania
  • Convention Europeenne de la Construction Metallique (ECCS) – Belgium
  • Özyeğin University (OZU) – Turkey
  • National Technical University of Athens (NTUA) – Greece
  • Ceske Vysoke Uceni Technicke V Praze (CVUT) – Czech Republic
  • Institut National des Sciences Appliquèes (INSA) – France
  • Technische Universiteit Delft (TUD) – Netherlands
  • Univerza V Ljubljani (UL) – Slovenia
  • Universitet Po Architektura Stroitelstvo I Geodezija (UASG) – Bulgaria
  • Universitat Politecnica de Catalunya (UPC) – Spain
  • Rheinisch-Westfaelische Technische Hochschule Aachen (RWTHA) – Germany

Duration of project

06 / 2020 – 05 / 2022

Contact person

Cristian Vulcu
Benno Hoffmeister