Structural anti-seismic reinforcements
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What are anti-seismic structural reinforcements?
Among the systems adopted to seismically adapt an existing building and increase the resistance of the building even in the event of an earthquake, there are widespread structural reinforcement and consolidation interventions.
But what exactly do they consist of? And what is the relationship between these and active seismic systems like I-Pro 1? Let's find out in their comparison.
Structural anti-seismic reinforcements and active seismic dissipators such as I-Pro 1
- anti-seismic reinforcement interventions have the purpose of increasing the structural resistance capacity in order to improve the seismic performance of the building. Among these types of interventions, theinstallation of composite materials on the structure it is probably one of the most popular. These elements, particularly resistant to traction, have the purpose of improve the structural characteristics of the building.
I active systems of seismic protection like I-Pro 1 are instead smart technologies which intervene only in the event of an earthquake, activating when they detect tremors above a certain threshold. Installed on the roof of the building, seismic dissipator applies opposing forces proportionate to the fluctuations, however minimize movement of the structure and safeguard it.
Structural reinforcement systems: how they work
I structural anti-seismic reinforcements they are necessary in the event that the building is particularly old or damaged, to reduce any damage in the event of seismic stresses. The systems used are different, but they all provide for theadding elements which have the function of consolidating the structure.
The most popular technologies are based onapplication of reinforcements made with carbon fiber: thanks to this material, they are able to guarantee resistance, lightness and durability. Being flexible and adaptable to surfaces, they can be inserted anywhere in the building.
Structural anti-seismic reinforcements and active protection devices
As we have seen, the reinforcements act on structural consolidation, making the building more stable, while i seismic dissipators like I-Pro 1 play a role of active contrast of the forces generated by the earthquake.
To ensure that the effectiveness of I-Pro 1 reaches the highest levels, it is important that the building exhibits global behavior. In the presence of particularly damaged structural elements (for example due to infiltrations in an area of the building), these must be structurally reinforced before using the I-Pro 1 system, to reduce the seismic demand on all elements and avoid further reinforcements difficult to achieve inside inhabited buildings.
Also considering that, thanks to the sensors spread over the building, I-Pro 1 also plays a constant monitoring of the structure, the introduction of this solution can provide real-time information on the health of the building.
I-Pro 1 is the intelligent active technology for the seismic protection of existing buildings.
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