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Recent applications of Equivalent Frame Models to nonlinear analyses of unreinforced and reinforced masonry buildings


Enrico Spacone, University G. d’Annunzio of Chieti Pescara, Italy

Enrico Spacone is a Professor of Structural Engineering in the Department of Engineering and Geology of the University G. d’Annunzio of Chieti Pescara, Italy. He received his undergraduate degree in Civil Engineering at University La Sapienza of Rome in 1987 and his MS and PhD in Civil Engineering at the University of California, Berkeley in 1990 and 1994, respectively. In 1995 he joined the University of Colorado, Boulder, where he was first Assistant and then Associate Professor in the Department of Civil, Architectural and Environmental Engineering. He was head of the Department of Engineering and Geology at the University of Chieti-Pescara, where he also served for six years in the University Academic Senate. His early research work dealt with modeling of reinforced concrete structures under severe ground motions. His work later extended to a wide range of applications of nonlinear analyses to different structures (notably strengthened reinforced concrete structures, raw earth and masonry buildings, both historical and new). Among other topics, he is currently working on the seismic vulnerability assessment at the urban level. The presentation will focus on recent applications of distributed plasticity models to the study of the nonlinear response of unreinforced and reinforced masonry. Ongoing studies and correlations with more advanced models will be presented.