The Italian building exhibition SAIE smart house, held in Bologna from 14th – 17th October 2015, featured the prototype wall designed under the European project INSYSME (Innovative Systems for Earthquake Resistant Masonry Enclosures in brick infill buildings with reinforced concrete frames).
The wall incorporates an innovative rubber wall joint (patent pending) designed and developed for the seismic protection of the masonry infill by scientists from the Engineering Design Unit at TARRC with earthquake engineering input from Numeria Consulting Engineers - Italy. Manufacturing of the joints, for testing and demonstration, has also taken place at TARRC's laboratory in the UK.
The highlight of the week was the EDILtrophy building competition, which took place on Saturday, 17th October. This competition is held annually for teams of builders throughout Italy, at junior and senior levels. The senior competition this year featured the INSYSME wall. Teams were given five hours to construct a wall to the required specification, including the insertion of TARRC's rubber wall joint.
INSYSME (www.insysme.eu) consists of sixteen partners, including universities, research centres, industrial associations and SMEs from Italy and elsewhere in the EU and is coordinated by the University of Padua (Padova) - UNIPD. Another of the partners is the Italian ceramic brick industry association, ANDIL www.andil.eu.
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