EPICentre Seminars - Dissipating System for Seismic Protection of Historic Masonry Structures

02 December 2020, 12:00 pm–1:00 pm


This seminar will look at dissipative anchoring system for strengthening weak historic masonry structures with inappropriate anchorage design.

This event is free.

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Arash Nassirpour – UCL EPICentre / Department of Civil, Environmental & Geomatic Engineering

Low masonry strength and inappropriate anchorage design (wide spacing, insufficient embedment depth) often caused local and global failures of historic structures during seismic events. A dissipative anchoring system has been developed at UCL to provide these structures with energy dissipation capacity to survive the seismic lateral loading. The results of the experimental tests and numerical analyses performed to refine the system are presented and performance-based design procedures are outlined.

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Photo Credit: Debris crushed a car outside the Christchurch Catholic Cathedral after an earthquake rocked Christchurch, New Zealand, Tuesday, February 22, 2011. (AP Photo)

About the Speaker

Victor Melatti

PhD Candidate at EPICentre / UCL CEGE

Victor is PhD candidate in the department of CEGE at UCL and a member of the Epicentre research group. 

His research project focuses on the development of an anchoring system able to provide historic structures with energy dissipation capacity and ductility to resist seismic actions. In the past 3 years, Victor performed multiscale experimental tests and numerical analyses to improve the stability of the system under cyclic load and reduce the installation intrusiveness. 

Recently, he joined a multidisciplinary project involving members of academic staff of UCL and industrial partners (AKTII and Mase) to test the load-bearing capacity of a reusable, net-zero carbon flooring system made of recycled steel and cement-free concrete.