NATIONAL & INTERNATIONAL SEISMIC STANDARDS
ADVICE FROM EXPERIENCED EXPERTS
VERIFICATION BY CALCULATION, TEST OR SIMILARITY CONSIDERATION
COST-EFFICIENT, PRODUCT-SPECIFIC SOLUTIONS
INTEGRATING THE LOAD CASE "EARTHQUAKE" INTO THE SALES AND DESIGN PROCESS
Approximately 25 percent of land surface is located in seismically active areas with a ground acceleration of more than 0.1 g, making them significantly vulnerable to earthquakes. Depending on the location, there are different requirements for a standard-compliant earthquake design of buildings, plants, machinery, components and infrastructure. The focus is, of course, primarily on the safety of employees and residents, but our solutions also aim to protect the investment and maintain operational capability. At Wölfel, we have been dealing with earthquake load cases worldwide for decades. We develop customer-specific solutions, conduct high-quality seminars and offer qualified service.
TO THE LAST SCREW
Whether it's a question of functionality, integrity or stability – Wölfel calculates, designs and tests a wide variety of mechanical and electrical components, right down to the load-bearing capacity of large structures, such as nuclear power plants. In doing so, we always keep an eye on the applicable standards.
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European earthquake standards such as Eurocode 8 (DIN EN 1998-1) provide uniform and binding rules for calculation, design and construction throughout Europe. They are supplemented by numerous national specifications that take regional peculiarities into account, such as DIN 4149 in Germany. Internationally, for example, the International Building Code IBC and the associated ASCE/SEI 7 regulations as well as the IEEE 693 standard are frequently applied. In nuclear plant construction, the requirements are even higher; in Germany, the KTA applies, while IEEE 344, for example, is internationally significant. Of course, there are many other (inter)national standards that have to be applied in individual projects. If you would like to know which guidelines are relevant for your specific project, please feel free to contact our expert Marcus Ries.
The aim of this research project was to optimize lightweight walls for buildings. By using nano-materials improved temperature, vibration/earthquake and fire properties could be achieved.
Current earthquake data can be found, for example, at these earthquake services: