In many historical centers in Europe, stone masonry buildings are part of building aggregates, which developed when the layout of the city or village was densified. The analysis of such building aggregates is very challenging and modelling guidelines missing. Advances in the development of analysis methods have been impeded by the lack of experimental data on the seismic response of such aggregates. The SERA project AIMS (Seismic Testing of Adjacent Interacting Masonry Structures) provides such experimental data by testing an aggregate of two buildings under two horizontal components of dynamic excitation.

With the aim to advance the modelling of unreinforced masonry aggregates, a blind prediction competition is organized before the experimental campaign. Each group is provided a complete set of construction drawings, material properties, testing sequence and the list of measurements to be reported. The contest is open to teams from the practicing structural engineering community and the academic and research community. The call for blind predictions will be closed before the start of the experiments.

The project is a collaboration between research groups at EPFL, University of Pavia, RWTH Aachen and UC Berkeley. The test will be conducted using the shake table facilities at LNEC, Portugal. The test is scheduled for March 2020. Therefore, the due date for submission of results is Saturday, February 29, 2020.



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LAST UPDATE: 31.10.2019.