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Seismic vulnerability of structures – Application to the Civil Protection building in Andorra

Barus, Mathias and Dalverny, Olivier and Welemane, Hélène and Faye, Jean-Pierre and Martin, Carmen Seismic vulnerability of structures – Application to the Civil Protection building in Andorra. (2019) In: Congrès Français de Mécanique, 26 August 2019 - 30 August 2019 (Brest, France).

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Official URL: https://doi.org/10.1051/meca/2020045


This works deals with the seismic vulnerability of buildings in the Pyrenees mountains region where almost a thousand earthquakes are recorded each year in the border area. The challenge is twofold : first to detect the damage due to seismic events and then to localize it inside studied buildings. Operational Modal Analysis (OMA) coupled with numerical modelling by Finite Element (FE) constitutes an interesting approach to address these issues. Here we intend to apply such methodology on a concrete building located in Andorre-la-Vieille (Edifici administratiu del Prat del Rull del govern d’Andorra). This building is a strategic place because it is where the Civil Protection Department of the Andorra Principality is based. The structural behaviour of the building is studied through frequency computation method in order to identify its undamaged behaviour. A seismic event is next simulated by a non-linear dynamic computation method which creates damage within the structure. Numerical results (eigen frequency, modal shapes and damage location) allow to highlight damaged zones induced by the earthquake and quantify degradation level in these areas. Accordingly, some guidelines may be given in view of the future instrumentation of the building (accelerometers and RAR).

Item Type:Conference or Workshop Item (Other)
HAL Id:hal-03103949
Audience (conference):National conference proceedings
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Institution:Université de Toulouse > Institut National Polytechnique de Toulouse - Toulouse INP (FRANCE)
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European Regional Development Fund (ERDF) - Interreg V-A Spain France Andorra program (POCTEFA 2014-2020)
Deposited On:10 Dec 2020 11:22

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