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Smart Structures and Systems
  Volume 20, Number 5, November 2017 , pages 637-640

Robustness and resilience of a passive control solution assembling buffer and cladding panels
Ugo Balzari and Andrea Balzari

    The adoption of cladding panels as dissipation device is a sort of passive control \"ante litteram\" for residential and commercial buildings. This paper gives details on the current technology outlining the difference between buffer panels and cladding panels. The discussion of robustness and resilience of the resulting system is afforded. It is shown that the strength of such solution, originally related to economy and light weight, is mainly associated with the respect of the main robustness requisites, as well as the short time it requires for removal and replacement (resilience).
Key Words
    buffer panels; cladding panels; passive structural control; resilience; robustness
Ugo Balzari: Building Façade Consultant, Milan, Italy
Andrea Balzari: Freelance Architect, Milan, Italy

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