Innovative steel-concrete HYbrid Coupled walls for buildings in seismic areas: Advancements and Design Guidelines

Short description

The research project HYCAD is devoted to the development of original solutions – including analysis, design, detailing and construction – related to an innovative seismic-resistant steel-concrete hybrid coupled wall system, originally introduced among other possible innovations in the 2011-2014 RFCS research project INNO-HYCO. Such system was shown through numerical analyses and experimental tests to have very encouraging potentialities in seismic areas although more studies are indispensable to foster its adoption in the construction market. The HYCAD outcomes will include guidelines and worked examples to support the design and the application of the proposed innovative hybrid system.

Research program

RFCS - Research Fund for Coal and Steel


  • Universiteit Hasselt (UHasselt) – Belgium
  • Università degli Studi di Camerino (UniCam) – Italy
  • Universita de Pisa (UniPi) – Italy
  • Rheinisch-Westfaelische Technische Hochschule Aachen (RWTHA) – Germany
  • Shelter SA (SHE) – Greece
  • OCAM S.r.l. (OCAM) – Italy

Duration of project

07 / 2020 – 12 / 2023

Contact person

Cristian Vulcu
Benno Hoffmeister