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Dissipative devices for seismic resistant steel frames

Short description

Earthquakes lead frequently to damages in large extend. It is therefore advisable to develop structural systems that are simply to repair. Conventional frames like moment resisting frames, eccentric and concentric braced frames are problematic in regard to reparability.
The project FUSEIS aims at developing and, possibly, patenting or trademarking two innovative types of seismic resistant steel frames with dissipative fuses. In case of strong earthquakes damage will concentrate only in the fuses, which will be exchangeable. Repair work after a strong seismic event, if needed, will be limited only to replacing the fuses.

Research program

RFCS - Research Fund for Coal and Steel


Duration of project

07/2008 - 06/2011

Contact person

Benno Hoffmeister