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Prefabricated steel structures for low-rise
buildings in seismic areas

Short description

Low-rise buildings are extensively used for industrial and commercial activities. Nowadays, most of these buildings are built by prefabricated concrete elements that are well known to suffer from an intrinsic weakness due to low efficiency of connections and a lower ductility performance when subjected to earthquake loading.
The project aims at defining prefabricated steel solutions for the realisation of single-storey industrial and lowrise commercial buildings in earthquake-prone areas, able to satisfy requirements of industrial and commercial activities.
An automated integrated design software with cost-effectiveness analysis module will be developed in order to favour the use of the proposed solutions in common design practice.

Research program



Duration of project

07/2007 - 07/2010

Contact person

Benno Hoffmeister