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SME Specific MeasuresCompetitive and Sustainable Growth

Exploratory Award

Proposal number EXAW-1999-01448

AcronymSEISMIC FUSES

Proposal title"Seismic Fuse" - Components for Reinforced Concrete Structures in Earthquake

Prone Regions

AbstractA low cost method of reducing the impact of earthquakes on reinforced concrete structures

has been developed and is subject to international patent protection. This involves the use

of inserts of known ductility and yield strength fitted between reinforcing bar sections

using mechanical full strength threaded couplers. Limited experimentation has

demonstrated the effectiveness of the concept. However, much experimental and

computational work is needed to provide a comprehensive guide to the application of the

invention in the design and engineering of structures. A series of tests with concrete

frames using shaking tables is required together with extensive computation/modelling to

cover sufficient cases. Such experimental and modelling work will simulate real earthquake

conditions as closely as possible. The invention enables the European codes of practice for

seismmic design to be implemented at low cost and therefore has very large potential

social and economic impact.

Key ActionGROW-1.   Key action: Innovative products, processes and organisation

Start date11/12/2000End date11/12/2001

Intended Step 2 projectRTD Project (Collaborative Research)Duration Exploratory Phase12 months

SME CoordinatorDR Michael David HANCOCKCompany sizeS2

DEE ASSOCIATES (BUSINESS CONSULTANTS) LIMITED

4 Chantry Court, Sovereign Way

CH1 4QN - CHESTER

United Kingdom

Phone: 441244394219

Fax: 441244394214

Email: mike@dee-associates.com

Internet: www.dee-associates.com

SME Proposer(s)

CRISBAR SRLItalyS2

Profile of partners for joining the project

Business areas45 - Construction

73 - Research and development

Comments

Last update18/6/2001

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