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Title: Vulnerability assessment and feasibility analysis of seismic strengthening of school buildings
Authors: Chrysostomou, Christis 
Kyriakides, Nicholas 
Papanikolaou, V. K. 
Kappos, A. J. 
Dimitrakopoulos, E. G. 
Giouvanidis, A. I. 
Major Field of Science: Engineering and Technology
Field Category: Civil Engineering
Keywords: School buildings;Seismic vulnerability assessment;Non-linear dynamic analysis;Cost-benefit analysis;Life-cycle cost analysis
Issue Date: Dec-2015
Source: Bulletin of Earthquake Engineering, 2015, vol. 13, no. 12, pp. 3809–3840
Volume: 13
Issue: 12
Start page: 3809
End page: 3840
Journal: Bulletin of Earthquake Engineering 
Abstract: The majority of structures in seismic-prone areas worldwide are structures that have been designed either without seismic design considerations, or using codes of practice that are seriously inadequate in the light of current seismic design principles. In Cyprus, after a series of earthquakes that occurred between 1995 and 1999, it was decided to carry out an unprecedented internationally seismic retrofitting of all school buildings, taking into account the sensitivity of the society towards these structures. In this paper representative school buildings are analysed in both their pristine condition and after applying retrofitting schemes typical of those implemented in the aforementioned large-scale strengthening programme. Non-linear analysis is conducted on calibrated analytical models of the selected buildings and fragility curves are derived for typical reinforced concrete and unreinforced masonry structures. These curves are then used to carry out a feasibility study, including both benefit-cost and life-cycle analysis, and evaluate the effectiveness of the strengthening programme.
ISSN: 1573-1456
DOI: 10.1007/s10518-015-9791-5
Rights: © Springer
Type: Article
Affiliation : Cyprus University of Technology 
Aristotle University of Thessaloniki 
City University London 
Hong Kong University of Science & Technology 
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