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SEISMIC ENGINEERING RESEARCH INFRASTRUCTURES FOR EUROPEAN SYNERGIES

SERIES

SEISMIC ENGINEERING RESEARCH INFRASTRUCTURES FOR EUROPEAN SYNERGIES

Call for proposal: 
FP7-INFRASTRUCTURES-2008-1
Link to CORDIS:
Objectives: 

European seismic engineering research suffers from extreme fragmentation of research infrastructures (RI) between countries and limited access to them by the S/T community of earthquake engineering, especially that of Europe’s most seismic regions. A 23-strong Consortium of the key actors in Europe’s seismic engineering research (including 3 industrial partners) addresses these problems in a sustainable way via a 4-year programme of activities at an annual cost to the Commission less than 1.35% of the total present value (€190m) of the RIs’ material resources. The scope covers all aspects of seismic engineering testing, from eight Reaction Wall Pseudodynamic (PsD) facilities and ten Shake Table labs, to EU’s unique Tester of Bearings or Isolators, its two major Centrifuges and an instrumented Site for wave propagation studies.

Transnational Access is offered to a portfolio of world class RIs: EU’s largest PsD facility, four diverse Shake Tables and the two Centrifuges. Networking sets up a public distributed database of past, present and future test results, installs distributed testing capabilities at all PsD labs, fostering development of up-and-coming ones at Europe’s most seismic regions, drafts and applies protocols for qualification of RIs and engages the entire European community of earthquake engineering via the best possible instances: the European Association of Earthquake Engineering, EU’s seismic code makers and their national groups, the European Construction Industry, as well as all relevant S/T associations or networks.

Joint research engages all labs, exploring and prototyping novel actuators (combination of electro-dynamic and hydraulic ones) for better control of fast tests or special applications, new sensing and instrumentation systems, data assimilation in equipment-specimen models for better test control and optimisation of testing campaigns, as well as experimental studies of soil-structure interaction at all types of testing facilities.

Institution Type:
Type of funding:
Programme Other: 
INFRA-2008-1.1.2 Targeted approach: Integrated Activities to support the specific needs of thematic priority areas
Key Results: 

Bridging the gap in seismic research

A significant number of prominent Europe-wide facilities opened up their research infrastructures (RIs) to the wider European earthquake engineering community. This paved the way for establishing Europe as a world leader in this field.

Fragmentation and limited access to RIs is dominating the scene in European seismic engineering. Through the EU-funded project 'Seismic engineering research infrastructures for European synergies' (http://www.series.upatras.gr/ (SERIES)), 23 partners from 11 countries joined forces to improve earthquake engineering research in Europe by sharing infrastructure and resources. SERIES helped the RIs enhance their own potential by exchanging know-how, pooling their human resources, and jointly developing novel seismic testing systems and techniques.

Through a number of networking activities, SERIES sought to disseminate RI findings, further increase awareness of RI capabilities and attract people. To reach the European scientific, technical and professional earthquake engineering community, project partners engaged the European Association for Earthquake Engineering (EAEE), the European body in charge of drafting and maintaining EN Eurocode 8, the European Earthquake Protection Initiative (EEPI), the International Federation of Structural Concrete (fib), the European construction industry, and relevant scientific and technical associations or networks. Outreach also involved training courses and four international open workshops.

To foster development between RIs, project partners developed a web portal and a virtual database containing experimental information. Furthermore, the consortium offered the possibility for geographically distributed, concurrent testing at several RIs and a common protocol for qualifying earthquake engineering RIs in Europe.

Through transnational activities, selected European research teams were offered the opportunity to conduct research at cutting-edge 'shaking table', 'reaction wall', 'pseudodynamic' and centrifuge testing facilities. In these 27 projects, industry involvement was remarkable, with potential benefits to promote innovation in seismic design practice in Europe. Joint innovative research toward new fundamental technologies and techniques in three areas was also performed.

Through know-how and expertise transfer from the largest and most prominent seismic RIs, SERIES should help less advanced RIs in high-seismicity regions further emerge. In addition, it contributed to enhancing the competitive edge of European construction firms and engineering services in overseas markets compared to its international counterparts.

Lead Organisation: 

Panepistimio Patron

Address: 
University Campus- Rio
26500 Patras
Greece
EU Contribution: 
€673,202
Partner Organisations: 

Centro Europeo Di Formazione E Ricerca In Ingegneria Sismica

Address: 
VIA FERRATA 1
27100 PAVIA
Italy
EU Contribution: 
€622,100

The Chancellor Masters And Scholars Of The University Of Cambridge

Address: 
TRINITY LANE THE OLD SCHOOLS
CAMBRIDGE
CB2 1TN
United Kingdom
EU Contribution: 
€464,400

Aristotelio Panepistimio Thessalonikis

Address: 
KEDEA BUILDING, TRITIS SEPTEMVRIOU, ARISTOTLE UNIV CAMPUS
54636 THESSALONIKI
Greece
EU Contribution: 
€300,000

National Technical University Of Athens

Address: 
Heroon Polytechniou 9 (polytechnic campus)
15780 ZOGRAFOS
Greece
EU Contribution: 
€359,700

Commissariat A L Energie Atomique Et Aux Energies Alternatives

Address: 
RUE LEBLANC 25
75015 PARIS 15
France
EU Contribution: 
€886,400

P&p Lmc Srl

Address: 
via Pastrengo 9
24068 Seriate
Italy
EU Contribution: 
€100,300

Vce Holding Gmbh

Address: 
HADIKGASSE 60
1140 Wien
Austria
EU Contribution: 
€92,200

Universita Degli Studi Di Napoli Federico Ii

Address: 
CORSO UMBERTO I, 40
80138 NAPOLI
Italy
EU Contribution: 
€92,200

Laboratorio Nacional De Engenharia Civil

Address: 
AV DO BRASIL 101
1700 066 LISBOA
Portugal
EU Contribution: 
€562,300

Istanbul Okan Universitesi

Address: 
TEPEOREN MEVKII ISTANBUL PARK
34959 ISTANBUL
Turkey
EU Contribution: 
€178,500

Universitaet Kassel

Address: 
Moenchebergstrasse 19
34109 Kassel
Germany
EU Contribution: 
€232,198

Géodynamique Et Structure

Address: 
Rue des Blains 157
92220 Bagneux
France
EU Contribution: 
€178,700

Universita Degli Studi Di Trento

Address: 
Via Belenzani
38100 Trento
Italy
EU Contribution: 
€266,800

University Of Bristol

Address: 
BEACON HOUSE QUEENS ROAD
BRISTOL
BS8 1QU
United Kingdom
EU Contribution: 
€756,699

Universitatea Tehnica Gheorghe Asachi Din Iasi

Address: 
B-Dul Mangeron, 67
700050 Iasi
Romania
EU Contribution: 
€119,100

Public Scientific Institute - Institute Of Earthquake Engineering And Engineering Seismology Ss. Cyril And Methodius University Skopje IZIIS

Address: 
SALVADORE ALJENDE 73
1000 SKOPJE
Macedonia
EU Contribution: 
€193,500

The Chancellor Masters And Scholars Of The University Of Oxford

Address: 
University Offices, Wellington Square
OXFORD
OX1 2JD
United Kingdom
EU Contribution: 
€315,300

Boğaziçi Üniversitesi

Address: 
BEBEK
34342 ISTANBUL
Turkey
EU Contribution: 
€203,200

Institut Francais Des Sciences Et Technologies Des Transports, De L'amenagement Et Des Reseaux

Address: 
2, Avenue Du General Malleret-Joinville
94114 Arcueil
France
EU Contribution: 
€492,502

Univerza V Ljubljani

Address: 
KONGRESNI TRG 12
1000 LJUBLJANA
Slovenia
EU Contribution: 
€93,900

Middle East Technical University

Address: 
Dumlupinar Bulvari 1
6800 Ankara
Turkey
EU Contribution: 
€153,900

European Commission - Joint Research Centre (Brussels)

Address: 
Rue de la Loi 200
1049 BRUXELLES
Belgium
EU Contribution: 
€1,362,899
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