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Author(s)

Zekirija Idrizi1 and Isak Idrizi2

Affiliation(s)

1. Faculty of Civil Engineering and Architecture, Hasan Prishtina University, Prishinë 10000, Kosova;
2. Faculty of Civil Engineering and Architecture, Mother Teresa University, Shkup 1000, Macedonia

ABSTRACT

As capacity design philosophy suggests, the best way to achieve a safe seismic response of multistory buildings, under strong earthquakes, is to uniformly spread the inelastic deformation demands throughout the building structure. Unfortunately, this type of mechanism is difficult to be reached due to the abundant presence of infill wall panels on buildings, which under strong earthquakes show severe cracks and strength degradations, thus complicating the seismic response of buildings. In order to avoid these brittle mechanisms of failure, studies were made toward development of new seismic protection system which would completely protect the infill walls from any cracks and strength degradation manifestations and simultaneously improve the seismic response of the entire structure. Utilization of the “IDRIZI” seismic protection system, would greatly contribute to many important aspects, like the increase of structural seismic performance, drastic reduction of damages under strong earthquake events and avoiding any unpredictable local failure mechanisms on buildings.

KEYWORDS

Infill walls, IDRIZI seismic protection system, passive control, friction device.

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