Research Projects

INDUSE-2-SAFETY: Component fragility evaluation, seismic safety assessment and design of petrochemical plants under design-basis and beyond-design-basis accident conditions. (Grant No: RFS-PR-13056)


INDUSE-2-SAFETY aims at developing a quantitative risk assessmentmethodology for seismic loss prevention of “special risk” petrochemical plants and components, e.g., support structures, piping systems, tanks and pressure vessels, flange and tee joints, etc. The proposed probabilistic based methodology will ensure safe functioning - shutdown under ground motions of increasing spectral acceleration through extensive analytical, FE and experimental investigations. Related harmonized importance factors γI and limit state probabilities will provide a uniform hazard versus a uniform risk basis for EN 1990/EN 1998.

Budget 140.530,00 Euro

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Study of isolation systems for the seismic protection of Major-Hazard industrial plants and components placed on high seismic hazard zones

Analysis of base isolation systems for the seismic protection of tanks, design and execution of shaking-table tests on a reduced scale steel storage tank. The activities carried out during 2004-2006 have been funded by ISPEL-DIPIA. The experimental tests has been performed at the Laboratory of the Research Center ENEA/Casaccia at Rome.

Budget: 200.000,00 Euro

Reluis Project Thrust 2 – Special Systems (2010-2012)

The project, devoted to the seismic analysis of special systems, includes a task coordinated by the Unit Roma Tre, which has the ambitious objective to write guidelines for the design and the assessment of the most common industrial components (tanks, furnaces, piping systems, service frames, etc..) and to individuate their criticisms. Experimental test will be also conducted on flanged joints of piping systems.

Budget: 40.000,00 Euro

European Project INDUSE

(Structural safety of industrial steel tanks, pressure vessels and piping systems under seismic loading – 7° Framework) – coordinated by prof. Spyros Karamanos of the University of Thessaly (Greece). The activity of the writer concerns the assessment of seismic behaviour of piping systems by numerical and experimental activities in collaboration with the University of Trento (Italy). To develop the activities the University of Trento has assigned to Fabrizio Paolacci two research grants (2010, 2011)

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Transnational Access project RETRO’ 2010-2012

(SERIES Transnational Access User Agreement N° 31724), funded within the European projet SERIES (7° Framework) for the execution of pseudodynamic tests on an old R.C viaduct with frame piers, whose execution is planned for the end of 2012 in the European Laboratory for the Seismic Assessment of strucrures. The project, coordinated by the writer, includes an International team of researchers coming from Politecnico di Torino (prof. R. Ceravolo), University of Patras – Greece (prof. N. Makris), University of Bogazici – Turkey (prof. M. Erdik), Università del Sannio (prof. L. Di Sarno), Alga Spa Milan (Dr. A. Marioni).

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Reluis Project 2005-2008

(Rete dei Laboratori di Ingegneria sismica) – Thrust 3 – Existing bridges. One of the objectives of the project was to evaluate the cyclic behaviour of old bridge piers. For this reason several imposed displacement tests were conducted in the laboratory of the Department of Structures of University Roma Tre in order to study the cyclic behaviour of R.C. frame piers with plain steel bars and to calibrate a reliable non-linear model able to accurately describe its behaviour.

Budget: 140.000,00 Euro

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SEBQRI Project 2012-2014

(Performance-Based Earthquake Engineering analysis of short-medium span steel-concrete composite bridges, Grant Agreement: RFCS-CT-2012-00032). SEQBRI project aims at applying the PBEE methodology to these bridges with S355M/N-S460M/N fine grain steels, to provide the foundation for a new generation of European seismic codes and to extend EN1998-1 and EN1998-2. The research team, coordinated by the writer, is an international consortium of 6 partners: University Roma Tre, University of Trento, University of Aachen (RWTH), Service d'Etudes Techniques des Routes et Autoroutes (Setra), ArcelorMittal Research and Development Esch, S.Sathopoulos - K. Farros Consulting Engineers S.A.

Budget: 186.519,00 Euro

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