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Smart Structures and Systems
  Volume 2, Number 4, October 2006 , pages 305-312
DOI: https://doi.org/10.12989/sss.2006.2.4.305
 


Rehabilitation of hospital buildings using passive control systems
C. A. Syrmakezis, O. A. Mavrouli and A. K. Antonopoulos

 
Abstract
    In the case of hospital buildings, where seismic design requirements are very high, existing structures and especially those attacked by past earthquakes, appear, often, unable to fulfil the necessary safety prerequisites. In this paper, the retrofitting of hospital buildings is investigated, using alternative methods of repair and strengthening. Analysis of an existing hospital building in Patras, Greece, is performed. The load-bearing system is a reinforced concrete system. Two solutions are proposed: strengthening using concrete jackets around column and beam elements and application of viscoelastic dampers for the increase of the stability of the structure. Adequate finite element models are constructed for each case and conclusions are drawn on the efficiency of each rehabilitation method.
 
Key Words
    earthquake; hospital; passive control; dampers; rehabilitation; retrofitting; finite element analsis; jackets.
 
Address
Institute of Structural Analysis and Aseismic Research, School of Civil Engineering, National Technical University of Athens, 9, Iroon Polytechniou, Zografou Campus, 15773, Athens, Greece
 

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