Project Objectives

Ispra_elsa

This project aims at bridging the two gaps of RTD in experimental earthquake engineering and structural dynamics: (a) between Europe and the US or Japan, and (b) between European countries with high seismicity but less advanced RTD infrastructures on one hand and some more technologically advanced but not so seismic Member States on the other. It will do so by integrating the entire European RTD community in earthquake engineering via:

1. A concerted program of Networking Activities, fostering a sustainable culture of co-operation among all research infrastructures and teams active in European earthquake engineering:

  • A distributed database of test results, pooling data from the beneficiary research infrastructures and others, accessible and maintained by a virtual research community after the project’s end;
  • Telepresence and geographically distributed concurrent testing at the research infrastructures;
  • Standards, protocols and criteria for qualification of RTD infrastructures in earthquake  engineering;
  • Enhancement of human resources by training new users and beneficiary technical/research personnel in courses on good practices in operation and use of research infrastructures;
  • Co-coordination and collaboration with national, European and international related initiatives and support to the deployment of global approaches to research in earthquake engineering;
  • Dissemination to the entire European S/T community of earthquake engineering via all relevant national, European or international organisations, networks or bodies;
  • Clustering and co-ordinated actions amongst related European and national projects;
  • International Workshops and other targeted actions, to integrate the earthquake engineering community of the highly seismic regions of the Balkans and Turkey.

2. Co-ordinated Transnational Access of Users to a world class portfolio combining:

3. Joint innovative Research toward new fundamental technologies and techniques promoting efficient and joint use of the research infrastructures, in three areas where the beneficiaries excel at world level:

  • concepts, technical requirements and prototyping for new-generation electro-dynamic actuators (including coupling with hydraulic ones) for high-performance, enhanced-quality real-time testing;;
  • instrumentation and sensor techniques for improved sensing and test control. Dedicated software for data collection, processing and communication, serving current needs for model calibration and interpretation of structural response. Use of data assimilation and model updating to develop virtual models of the equipment-specimen system, in combination with recent advances in control, to reduce calibration pre-tests, optimise instrumentation and improve the quality results;
  • New capabilities and techniques for experimental study of soil-structure-interaction and seismic wave propagation phenomena, currently insufficiently covered by experimental research infrastructures at world level.

Highlights

Access Facilities and Dissemination Information

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