DREAMERS

This project aims to validate the innovative FREEDAM (FREE from DAMage) connections in a real-scale environment by erecting an 800 m2 resilient steel building in the Campus of the University of Salerno (UNISA).

 

Sabatino Di Benedetto

University of Salerno

Fisciano, Italy

This project aims to validate the innovative FREEDAM (FREE from DAMage) connections in a real-scale environment by erecting an 800 m2 resilient steel building in the Campus of the University of Salerno (UNISA). The project significantly focuses on the structural part, but the architecture, sustainability, and mechanical/electrical systems are all designed considering the most advanced standards.

The structure will be constituted by seismic resilient Moment Resisting Steel Frames equipped at the beam-to-column joints with FREEDAM connections. The non-structural elements will be conceived considering the damage issues, adopting ductile partition walls, false ceilings and facades. The building is characterised by a 14.8 m x 25.4 m plan and 3 storeys with a total height of about 12 m. It has internal spaces that allow flexible use of the areas as lecture rooms or open space offices. The structure will have 15 columns made with HEB400 profiles and slim composite floors with beams belonging to the system commercialised by Arcelor Mittal (CoSFB).  The mechanical/electrical systems and the claddings will be designed considering the targets fixed by the LEED construction and building protocol.
The proposed project will address the challenges of fabrication, erection, and monitoring of a free from damage structure. Furthermore, the building’s robustness and fire resistance will also be faced with advanced numerical tools to demonstrate the high standards obtained with this technology.

 

User benefits:

A relevant benefit is related to the fact that Advance Design is a software developed for the design and analysis of reinforced concrete, steel and wood structures according to the most recent versions of the Eurocodes (EC0, EC1, EC2, EC3, EC5 and EC8), the US (ACI / AISC) and Canadian (A23.3, S16) regulations and according to the Italian NTC2018 regulations.
Moreover, Advance Design is integrated into a BIM process dedicated to the design of structures. It supports synchronisation with Autodesk Revit and Advance Steel export or import of a model providing the possibility to store multiple finite element result settings within the same model.