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Assessment Of The New Faliron Steam-electric Station In Greece


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C. Maraveas, K. Tasiouli, Z. Fasoulakis


The New Faliron steam-electric station, the first one in Greece, is a listed historical building. The initial structure was constructed at the start of the 20th century but a number of interventions followed until the 1960s. The structure was built with natural stone masonry, steel trusses and floors (with jack arches and joist fillers) and concrete floors reinforced with twisted cold formed rebars. The 12.5m high masonries practically lack any lateral restraints while large openings (doors, windows) exist. This paper presents brief information on the history of the structure, phases of construction, description of structure (dimensions, types of structural systems, etc), material properties and pathology. In addition, detailed information is presented regarding the assessment performed in accordance with the current code specifications (Eurocodes), including seismic actions. Especially for the masonry, a detailed finite element model was developed, whereas the seismic forces were evaluated through alternative methodologies (modal response spectrum analysis per EC8 and time history analyses). For the assessment of the RC part a displacement based methodology was applied as it is restrained by the surrounding masonry walls. From the assessment analysis, useful conclusions are drawn regarding the seismic performance of high masonry structures without lateral restraints and the behaviour of similar industrial structures under seismic effects.


historical structures, earthquake resistance, capacity assessment