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With the ROSE Centre’s objectives in mind, the research activities focus specifically on two areas of the “Dipartimenti di Eccellenza” project, although these particular themes are not exhaustive to the overall research activity of the ROSE Centre. In fact, any other specific area that a group of professors belonging to the ROSE Centre would like to develop, subject to available resources (economic and personnel) can be studied.

Development of methods for the reduction of expected losses in structures and infrastructures.
In addition to the continuation of research activities in this area currently carried out by the ROSE Centre professors and researchers, those related to non-structural elements are particularly relevant. In fact, developing software systems capable of exchanging information to predict the complete response of a built system (i.e. BIM) including structural elements, architectural components, plant systems and furnishings subject to static and dynamic loads and in particular, to seismic shaking is targeted. The models will be based on numerical and experimental data taken from experimental tests developed within the activities of the ROSE Centre in collaboration with the Eucentre Foundation.

Review of the evaluation of seismic actions and design techniques.
In this context, the development of novel paradigms for the design of new buildings and the evaluation and reinforcement of existing ones is targeted, with the aim of rationalising and optimising the use of available resources. These are directly reflected in the seismic hazard definition and will also lead to significant changes in the actions to be considered, in terms of displacement and acceleration demands.
It is, therefore, necessary to re-evaluate the provided capacity and overall behaviour of buildings with both mitigation of collapse and economic losses in mind (the phenomena of induced seismicity must also be considered in this area). The study of the problem takes on socio-economic aspects but also protects human life.
 

Education and Training

At the level of education and training, the activities are structured in different levels of depth and specialisation, which include Master's degree programme and its courses, the PhD programme, short courses (lasting between one and two weeks) aimed at a public that intends to address specialised topics. Specifically, the ROSE Centre directly contributes to the planning and coordination of these training programmes, to the constant supervision of the students, as well as to the management and administration activities of the training programs provided by IUSS Pavia.

Research, training and dissemination infrastructure.
The activities of the ROSE Centre include the contribution to the construction of dissemination infrastructure together with the Eucentre Foundation and the University of Pavia, among which we highlight (coherently with the project " Dipartimenti di Eccellenza "):

  • The construction of a novel experimental equipment setup that is unique in its kind and is capable carry out large-scale tests on structural and non-structural elements, simulating the relative response of any contiguous pair of floors of buildings of any height;
  • The establishment of an International Museum of Earthquake Engineering, which in addition to being unique in the international scene, integrates the ability to attract with the help of media publicity and furnishes access to material from a historical context in the development of the field of earthquake engineering in addition to pivotal points from past seismic events.