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Join ICE East Midlands Graduates and Students (G&S) Committee for the next webinar: ‘Improving the seismic performance of buildings‘. The event will look at the results of two research projects focusing on improving the seismic performance of buildings through dynamic interaction with secondary structures, currently under development at Loughborough University.
The first research project is looking at the possibility of using nonlinear viscous-fluid dampers connecting a primary building with secondary reaction towers will be demonstrated as a viable retrofitting strategy, able to overcome some of the limitations of more traditional approaches. The effects of the key design parameters will be quantified, including the nonlinearity of the dampers, their relative size and location, the primary/secondary stiffness ratio, the ductility of both primary and secondary structures, the intensity of the seismic hazard.
The second study shows that double-skin façades (DSFs) can be optimally designed to minimise the effects of seismic forces on mid-rise building structures. The combination of these two studies highlights the tremendous potential of primary-secondary dynamic interaction when trying to minimise the seismic demand in existing and new structures.
This lecture will be delivered by Dr Alessandro Palmeri.
Alessandro is a reader in Structural Engineering & Dynamics within the School of Architecture, Building and Civil Engineering at Loughborough University, where he leads the Structures & Materials Group. Since 1999, he has been a professionally qualified Civil Engineer in Italy, has published more than one hundred technical papers and delivered lectures during several international conferences.
Alessandro’s research is mainly focused on various applications of Structural Dynamics, including Bridge, Earthquake and Wind engineering, as well as Probabilistic Methods, including the Reliability- and Performance-Based Design. His work is both computational and experimental.
Alessandro has successfully supervised to completion 13 doctoral students on a variety topics of structural engineering and mechanics, and has secured more than £700k of public research funds from various national and international organisations, as well as prestigious industrial partners such as the ECI (European Construction Institute), E.On, Hanson-Structherm and SAS International. He has delivered highly cited academic outputs, which have been recognised with various international awards, and technical reports, directly benefitting the industrial sponsors.
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