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Title: Seismic protection of an ancient aqueduct using SMA devices
Authors: Chrysostomou, Christis 
Demetriou, Themos 
Stassis, Andreas 
Hamdaoui, Karim 
Keywords: Conservation;Μonuments;Passive;Seismic-protection;Shape-memory-alloy
Category: Civil Engineering
Field: Engineering and Technology
Issue Date: 11-Jul-2008
Source: 2008 Seismic Engineering International Conference Commemorating the 1908 Messina and Reggio Calabria Earthquake, MERCEA 2008; Reggio Calabria; Italy; 8 July 2008 through 11 July 2008
Conference: Seismic Engineering International Conference Commemorating the 1908 Messina and Reggio Calabria Earthquake 
Abstract: The effectiveness of the use of Cu-based shape memory alloy (SMA) prestressing devices on an ancient aqueduct is examined in this paper. The dynamic characteristics of the aqueduct were measured within the span of three years and computational models were developed that matched very closely its dynamic behaviour. Using this as a bench mark, SMA prestressing devices were applied on the structure and the effects on its dynamic characteristics were assessed. It was noted that the SMA prestressing devices have a significant effect on the dynamic response of the structure. This is attributed to the stiffening of the structure due to the increase in contact between the masonry units and hence the increase of its stiffness through the increase of the modulus of elasticity of the masonry matrix. It can be concluded that the SMA prestressing devices can provide an inconspicuous means of stiffening masonry structures and increase their resistance to earthquake loads. © 2008 American Institute of Physics.
Description: AIP Conference Proceedings Volume 1020, Issue PART 1, 2008, Pages 61-68
ISBN: 9780735405424
ISSN: 2-s2.0-84874851671
DOI: 10.1063/1.2963893
Type: Conference Papers
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