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First factsheet series available

First factsheet series available
To account substantially to a better understanding of seismic hazard and risk in Europe, several questions have to be answered. With our factsheet series, we address key questions SERA is challenged with and present preliminary results. Througout the project, we plan to publish three such factsheet series. The first one is available now - online as well as in PDF form. The questions answered therein are:
  • Why is it important to know the seismic hazard of a certain region?
  • What is seismic risk?
  • What happens to buildings in case of an earthquake?
  • How does the testing of a building on a shake table works?


TA projects selected within second call

TA projects selected within second call

After the second call for proposals within the SERA transnational access framework, the TA Selection and Evaluation panel selected sixteen promising projects. This leads to a total of 33 projects from the beginning of SERA until today. The list of the approved projects is available here. The dates for the third call are not yet set, but we will keep you informed.


Successful tests at STRULAB reaction wall

Successful tests at STRULAB reaction wall

An international project team composed of scientists from Cyprus University of Technology, Ecole Centrale de Nantes and DENCO Structural Engineering carried out experiments at the STRULAB reaction wall at the University of Patras – one of the ten research facilities SERA is facilitating access to. The scope of the project called ARISTA (Seismic Assessment of ReInforced Concrete frames with SmooTh bArs) was to study the seismic behaviour of a 1:1.5 scaled three-storey two-bay reinforced concrete frame with smooth bar reinforcement. According to the project members, the results will provide invaluable information for design guidelines and code rules.

The first tests consisted of a cyclic loading-unloading-loading history. The top story have undergone a displacement of ± 50 mm during a cyclic loading-unloading-loading history and a final unloading cycle to zero force. The maximum damage occurred at the first story in the form of shear cracks. The relation between the story shear force and interstory drifts are shown here. The columns in the first story cracked at a shear force of approximately 100kN. Due to yielding of the reinforcement, a small residual drift after the final unloading remained.

The ARISTA-project leaders already plan a second test series. Subsequently, the results will help to calibrate numerical mathematical models for the flexural and shear capacity of substandard RC frames with smooth bar reinforcement. 

For project and contact details, please click here.


Annual scientific meeting in Bucharest

Annual scientific meeting in Bucharest

From 25 to 26 April 2018, the SERA community met for its first scientific annual meeting in Bucharest. Around 70 project participants took part and presented the status-quo, results and upcoming work for their tasks and work packages. Following the contributions of all SERA participants, the SERA Scientific Advisory Board described its impressions of the tasks accomplished in the first twelve months of the project.

Based on those, its members will elaborate a set of recommendations for the attention of the general assembly. In addition, the SERA management board held its third meeting to discuss amongst others, details of the data management plan or measures to ensure a successful outcome of transnational access experiments. Framing the main meeting, numerous work packages took the opportunity to get together in smaller groups and to deepen the discussions on specific topics.

Of course, there was also time allocated for informal exchange: Be it at the social dinner in the old town of Bucharest, or during the tour to INFP, which the local SERA team offered.

You find more pictures here.

Click here to have look at the detailed agenda.


10 July 2018, Guimarães (Portugal)
Teachers workshop with WP3

2 - 7 September 2018, Valetta (Malta)
36th General Assembly of the European Seismological Commission,
with a session by SERA participants

27 September 2018, Porto (Portugal)
Physical Vulnerabilty Workshop with WP26/JRA4

12 - 13 November 2018, Athens (Greece)
ORFEUS Annual Observatory Meeting and Workshop

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