European Commission




ILVA SpA, Italy
University of Camerino, Italy
Technical University of Aachen, Germany
University of Thessaly, Greece
University of Pisa, Italy
University of Navarra, Spain
Ferriere Nord, Italy
Shelter SA, Greece
ISQ, Portugal
VTT Technical Research Centre, Finland
OCAM s.r.l., Italy


Low-rise buildings are obviously widely diffused for industrial and commercial activities. Nowadays, most of these buildings are built by prefabricated concrete elements that suffer of an intrinsic weakness due to low efficiency of connections and a lower ductility with respect to steel solutions when subjected to earthquake loading. The proposed research aims at defining prefabricated steel solutions for realising single-storey industrial buildings and low-rise commercial buildings in earthquake-prone areas, satisfying requirements of industrial and commercial activities. An automated, integrated software with cost-effectiveness analysis module will be realized to favour the use of proposed solutions in common design practice.

Principal Investigator for U.Th.:

Spyros A. Karamanos

Total Budget:

2,050,773 Euros

U.Th. Budget:

140,789 Euros


36 months (2007 - 2010)


Figure A6 1

Figure 1: Typical single-storey steel building.

Figure A6 2
Figure 2: Pushover analysis of a single-storey steel building.

Spyros A. Karamanos, PhD

Department of Mechanical Engineering | University of Thessaly | Pedion Areos, Volos 38334, Greece
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