The ELISSA European Union research project, which involved our technical partners Cocoon and Knauf, studied how a pre-fabricated construction in lightweight steel behaves during an earthquake.
The structure holds up during an earthquake with acceleration of 1g (that is, 150% stronger than the quake in L’Aquila in 2009, which had a magnitude of 6 on the Richter scale). During the ELISSA (Energy Efficient Lightweight-Sustainable-Safe-Steel Construction) project, partners coming from the worlds of research and industry spent more than three years developing lightweight, high-performing steel constructions.
The project focused on the construction of walls and ceilings to create a two-storey “ELISSA house” prototype with a lightweight steel construction system and with a surface limited to 11 square metres.
The University of Naples, which specialises in this industry, carried out various tests on the prototype to evaluate a few of its dynamic properties. The reference used was the earthquake in L’Aquila on 6 April 2009, with an intensity of 9 on the Mercalli scale and a magnitude of 6 on the Richter scale.
In all the tests, the ELISSA house scored extremely well in terms of anti-seismic performance: subjected to oscillations 1.5 times greater (scale factor of 150%) than those of the earthquake in L’Aquila, it didn’t show any visible signs of damage on its constructive components.
Further information on the research project and all results are available at: elissaproject.eu
Project funded under the Cooperation Programme FP7-2013-NMP-ENV-EeB