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Blind Prediction Competition - SERA AIMS (Adjacent Interacting Masonry Structures)

Igor Tomić; Katrin Beyer; Andrea Penna; Matthew DeJong; Christoph Butenweg

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 measurement to be reported. 
 

Version history:

v1.2: Updated minor details on earthquake records and testing sequence; Added Max Values tab in the results sheet;
v1.3: Updated construction drawings;
v1.4: Instrumentation plans added;
v1.5: Updated timber beams, planks, lintels and steel angles; Updated weight.

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