Seismic rehabilitation of RC frames by using steel panels

Mowrtage W.

Conference on Seismic Engineering Conference, Calabar, Nigeria, 8 - 11 July 2008, vol.1020, pp.1563-1570 identifier identifier

  • Publication Type: Conference Paper / Full Text
  • Volume: 1020
  • Doi Number: 10.1063/1.2963784
  • City: Calabar
  • Country: Nigeria
  • Page Numbers: pp.1563-1570


Every major earthquake in Turkey causes a large number of building suffer moderate damage due to poor construction. If a proper and fast retrofit is not applied, the aftershocks, which may sometimes come days or weeks after the main shock, can push a moderately damaged building into a major damage or even total collapse. This paper presents a practical retrofit method for moderately damaged buildings, which increases the seismic performance of the structural system by reducing the displacement demand. Fabricated steel panels are used for the retrofit. They are light-weight, easy to handle, and can be constructed very quickly. Moreover, they are cheap, and do not need formwork or skilled workers. They can be designed to compensate for the stiffness and strength degradation, and to fit easily inside a moderately damaged reinforced concrete frame.