H. Ahmadi, A. Dusi, J. Gough (2017) A Rubber-Based System for Damage Reduction in Infill Masonry Walls. Proceedings of 16th WCEE, Santiago del Chile - Jan. 9-13, 2017.

The paper describes an innovative composite rubber/masonry infill for minimizing earthquake damage to the masonry as well as controlling the seismic performance of the R.C. moment resisting structures by offering auxiliary energy dissipating capability to the building.

T.T. Or, P.L.Y. Tiong, A. Dusi (2017) A New Generation of High Damping Natural Rubber Bearings: Material Development, Testing and Applications. Proceedings of 16th WCEE, Santiago del Chile - Jan. 9-13, 2017.

This paper reports on the research and development activities carried out for the development of a new material, based on natural rubber, specially formulated to give a hysteresis damping of minimum 22% at design shear strain.

A. Dusi, M. Mezzi, T.T. Or (2017) Base Isolation in Seismic Retrofitting of R/C Buildings. Proc. ASEA-SEC-3 Conference: Integrated solutions for Infrastructure Development, ISBN: 978-0-9960437-3-1, Kuching, Sarawak, Malaysia, Oct. 31-Nov. 4, 2106.

The paper deals with the retrofitting of r/c buildings damaged by the earthquake adopting the base-isolation.

M. Giamello, F. Fratini, S. Mugnaini, E. Pecchioni, F. Droghini, F. Gabbrielli, E Giorgi, E. Manzoni, F. Casarin, A. Magrini, F. Randazzo (2016) Earth Masonries in the Medieval Grange of Cuna – Siena (Italy). J. Mater. Environ. Sci. 7 (10) (2016) 3509-3521, ISSN : 2028-2508, CODEN: JMESCN, .

The Grange of Cuna was the administrative and storage centre of the bigger farm of Santa Maria della Scala Hospital in Siena. Built from the early 14th century, the Grange is characterized by continuous development of the building until the second half of the 18th century. For his extraordinary state of preservation, its size and the internal organization of individual buildings, it is notable for being one of the finest and rare examples of fortified farm in the context of Italian and European Middle Ages.

This paper represents a first indication and reports a thorough investigation of walls built with earthy materials in this important medieval complex in Tuscany.

L. Peruzza, A. Saraò, C. Barnaba, P.L. Bragato, A. Dusi, S. Grimaz, P. Malisan, M. Mucciarelli, D. Zuliani and C. Cravos (2016) Teach & Learn seismic safety at high school: the SISIFO project. Bollettino di Geofisica Teorica ed Applicata DOI 10.4430/bgta0157, Vol. 57, n. 2, pp. 129-146; June 2016, .

M. Forni, A. Poggianti, R. Scipinotti, A. Dusi, E. Manzon &, M.G. Castellano (2015) Seismic-Initiated Event Risk Mitigation in Lead-Cooled Reactors: Main Results of the Siler Project. Proc. SECED 2015 Conference "Earthquake Risk and Engineering towards a Resilient World", Cambridge UK, 9-10 July, 2015.

This paper gives a general overview of SILER, a Collaborative Project funded within the 7th EC Framework Programme, aimed at studying the risks associated with seismic initiated events in Generation IV Heavy Liquid Metal reactors and developing adequate protection measures. In SILER, the attention is focused on the evaluation of the effects of earthquakes, with particular regard to unexpected (beyond design) events, and to the identification of mitigation strategies like seismic isolation. Specific sections of the paper are addressed to the design, development and testing of the isolators (High Damping Rubber Bearings and Lead Rubber Bearings) and the most critical interface devices like flexible joints for pipelines and joint-cover of the seismic gap.

A. Masi, G. Santarsiero, M.R. Gallipoli, M. Mucciarelli, V. Manfredi, A. Dusi, T. Stabile (2013) Performance of the health facilities during the 2012 Emilia earthquake and analysis of the Mirandola Hospital case study. Bulletin of Earthquake Engineering DOI 10.1007/s10518-013-9518-4, .

This paper outlines the response of the healthcare system in the area mainly affected by the 2012 Emilia earthquake by drawing on specific surveys and information from local health authorities. A description of the damage suffered and characteristics of the healthcare system as a whole is offered initially, followed by a detailed description of the effects which took place at the Santa Maria Bianca hospital of Mirandola. The focus has been on damage to non structural elements and content, whose integrity is of primary importance for healthcare structures performance during and after a seismic event. Some instruments for the acquisition of accelerometric data were installed after the May 20 event both outside and inside a building which is part of the hospital complex. The seismic behavior of this building has also been analysed by means of a purposely made finite element model and on the basis of the recorded data. The contribution of undamaged and damaged masonry infills to the global seismic response has also been estimated thus providing some hints on the observed building performance.


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E. Manzoni, A. Dusi, C. Dusi, V. Calzoni (2009) La schedatura delle strutture lignee in opera per il progetto di consolidamento: un esempio sulle coperture di due palazzi cremonesi. Atti del XV Convegno Internazionale “Scienza e beni culturali- conservare e restaurare il legno”, Bressanone, Italia, 23-26 Giugno, 2009.

E. Manzoni, A. Dusi, M. Mezzi (2008) Polymeric Grid for a Cost-Effective Enhancement of the Seismic Performance of Masonry Buildings. Proc 14th World Conference on Earthquake Engineering (14WCEE), Beijing, China, Oct. 12-17, 2008.