About this Research Topic
Earthquakes pose an immense threat to building contents, especially for critical facilities, schools, as well as historical and monumental structures. Recent post-seismic surveys have shown that the losses induced by the damage to non-structural components are enormous and mitigation measures have been scarcely implemented. Furthermore, the design and assessment procedures for non-structural components, especially freestanding, are either at an early stage or require comprehensive numerical and experimental validations. Testing protocols for the qualification of freestanding components are available, but further refinements are also deemed necessary to improve their effectiveness. Finally, the efficacy of mitigation devices and techniques for non-structural components requires extensive experimental tests, which are still lacking.
The main goal is to present state-of-the-art recent developments on the seismic design, assessment, and protection of valuable contents, and to offer a multidisciplinary approach on the topic. Of special interest is the study of ceilings, lightning, artifacts, medical equipment, electrical and mechanical services, including piping, among many others.
The Research Topic wishes to attract researchers active in this area and also to become a forum for information exchange and debate for both researchers, practicing engineers, and stakeholders.
We invite papers that focus on the recent advances on the seismic protection of non-structural components. The Research Topic is open to a variety of topics, including (but not restricted to):
• Anchored components;
• Freestanding contents;
• Existing numerical approaches: current limitations and possible future improvements;
• Advanced design and assessment procedures;
• Modern technologies and procedures for seismic protection;
• Experimental tests: static and/or dynamic characterization, earthquake response, testing protocols and qualification procedures;
• Code of practice: existing provisions and urgent needs.
Keywords: Freestanding, Non-structural components, Building contents, Statues, Cabinets
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