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Civil-Comp Proceedings
ISSN 1759-3433
CCP: 72
Edited by: G. De Roeck and B.H.V. Topping
Paper II.6

Characterization Tests of New Aluminium and Steel Energy Dissipating Devices

D. Foti and R. Nobile

Technical University of Bari, Bari, Italy

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D. Foti, R. Nobile, "Characterization Tests of New Aluminium and Steel Energy Dissipating Devices", in G. De Roeck, B.H.V. Topping, (Editors), "Identification, Control and Optimisation of Engineering Structures", Civil-Comp Press, Edinburgh, UK, pp 65-71, 2000. doi:10.4203/ccp.72.2.6
In this paper shear panels made of steel and aluminium alloy have been designed as energy dissipating devices for passive protection of structures. Preliminary tests have been performed on these panels, in order to evaluate their mechanical characteristics. Pulsating load cycles have been utilised and the corresponding displacements measured. An analytical expression of the applied shear load as function of the displacement at the end of each panel has been obtained: the resulting analytical form could be directly used for computational purposes. In addition, local strains have been measured in order to verify local plasticizations of panels and their energy dissipation capacity.

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