Ongoing research projects


Ongoing research projects in iMMC (May 2023)

This a short description of research projects which are presently under progress in iMMC.
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List of projects related to: structural engineering

Seismic performance and residual displacements of reinforced concrete walls detailed with iron-based shape memory alloys
Researcher: Ryan Hoult
Supervisor(s): Joao Saraiva Esteves Pacheco De Almeida

Most structures built to withstand earthquakes currently rely on reinforced concrete walls that concentrate damage in a region, typically at the base of those walls. While this can prevent collapses and save lives, it often damages the building to such an extent that it must be torn down after a quake. The EU-funded SMA-RC-Walls aims to test walls with shape-memory alloy (SMA) rebars, which offer the potential to return to their original form after seismic demands, and hence prevent damage and avoid permanent tilting of structures. The researchers will conduct experiments using iron-based SMA reinforcement in the boundary regions of concrete walls as a substitute material for the typical steel rebars. The goal is to contribute to a more robust and resilient building stock internationally, and to provide guidance for seismic design and assessment with this novel technology.