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Enrique García-Macías published an article in March 2019.
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Luigi Torre

185 shared publications

Materials Engineering Center, University of Perugia, Località Pentima Bassa, 21, 05100 Terni, Italy;(R.P.);(F.D.);(L.T.)

Simon Laflamme

121 shared publications

Department of Civil, Construction and Environmental Engineering, Iowa State University, 813 Bissell Road, Ames, IA 50011, USA

Filippo Ubertini

112 shared publications

Department of Civil and Environmental Engineering, University of Perugia, 06125 Perugia, Italy

Antonella D’Alessandro

49 shared publications

Department of Civil and Environmental Engineering, Via G. Duranti 93, 06125 Perugia, Italy

Austin Downey

32 shared publications

Department of Mechanical Engineering, University of South Carolina, 300 Main St, Columbia, SC 29208, USA

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Article 0 Reads 0 Citations An interactive computational strategy for teaching the analysis of silo structures in civil engineering Enrique García‐Macías, Rafael Castro‐Triguero, Erick I. Saav... Published: 27 March 2019
Computer Applications in Engineering Education, doi: 10.1002/cae.22112
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Article 0 Reads 1 Citation Multiscale modeling of the elastic moduli of CNT-reinforced polymers and fitting of efficiency parameters for the use of... Enrique García-Macías, Carlos Felipe Guzmán, Erick I. Saaved... Published: 01 February 2019
Composites Part B: Engineering, doi: 10.1016/j.compositesb.2018.09.057
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Article 0 Reads 1 Citation Earthquake-induced damage detection and localization in masonry structures using smart bricks and Kriging strain reconst... Enrique García-Macías, Filippo Ubertini Published: 21 December 2018
Earthquake Engineering & Structural Dynamics, doi: 10.1002/eqe.3148
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Article 1 Read 1 Citation CNT-polymer nanocomposites under frictional contact conditions Luis Rodríguez-Tembleque, Enrique García-Macías, Andrés Sáez Published: 01 December 2018
Composites Part B: Engineering, doi: 10.1016/j.compositesb.2018.08.003
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Article 0 Reads 0 Citations MWCNT/epoxy strip-like sensors for buckling detection in beam-like structures Enrique García-Macías, Luis Rodríguez-Tembleque, Andrés Sáez Published: 01 December 2018
Thin-Walled Structures, doi: 10.1016/j.tws.2018.09.013
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CONFERENCE-ARTICLE 32 Reads 0 Citations <strong>Full-scale testing of a masonry building monitored with smart brick sensors</strong> Antonella D'Alessandro, Andrea Meoni, Enrique García-Macías,... Published: 14 November 2018
Proceedings of 5th International Electronic Conference on Sensors and Applications, doi: 10.3390/ecsa-5-05764
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The seismic monitoring of masonry structures is especially challenging due to their brittle resistance behavior. A tailored sensing system could, in principle, help to detect and locate cracks and anticipate the risks of local and global collapses, allowing prompt interventions and ensuring users’ safety. Unfortunately, off-the-shelf sensors do not meet the criteria that are needed for this purpose, due to their durability issues, costs and extensive maintenance requirements. As a possible solution for earthquake-induced damage detection and localization in masonry structures, the authors have recently introduced the novel sensing technology of “smart bricks”, that are clay bricks with self-sensing capabilities, whose electromechanical properties have been already characterized in previous work. The bricks are fabricated by doping traditional clay with conductive stainless steel microfibers, enhancing the electrical sensitivity of the material to strain. If placed at key locations within the structure, this technology permits to detect and locate permanent changes in deformation under dead loading conditions, associated to a change in structural conditions following an earthquake. In this way, a quick post-earthquake assessment of the monitored structure can be achieved, at lower costs and with lower maintenance requirements in comparison to traditional sensors.

In this paper, the authors further investigate the electro-mechanical behavior of smart bricks, with a specific attention to the fabrication of the electrodes, and exemplify their application for damage detection and localization in a full-scale shaking table test on a masonry building specimen. Experimental results show that smart bricks’ outputs can effectively allow the detection of local permanent changes in deformation following a progressive damage, as also confirmed by a 3D finite element simulation carried out for validation purposes.

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