ENEA is engaged in the development and application of innovative anti-seismic devices and systems since their very first applications in Italy, over 20 years ago, and reached a primary role at both national and international level. As a matter of fact, ENEA was the first Italian research agency to carry out studies and wide-ranging experimental campaigns on seismic isolation at the beginning of the ‘90s.
Moreover, ENEA promoted the application of seismic isolation and energy dissipation techniques to any kind of structures, from cultural heritage to nuclear plants.
Nowadays, ENEA provides project consultancy and produces the safety certification of very important and strategic structures like the new school in San Giuliano di Puglia and the new Operative Civil Protection Centre in Foligno.
ENEA is also very active in dissemination and training, mainly thanks to the foundation of the Italian Association GLIS (Isolation and other seismic protection strategies) and the Anti-Seismic Systems International Society (ASSISi) chaired by ENEA and the General Secretariat since its very foundation.
Hereinafter the main ENEA activities in the anti-seismic field are listed:
ENEA also carries out studies and research on:
Seismic Engineering Technical Unit - (UTSISM)
Head: Eng. Massimo Forni
Technical Unit for Environmental Characterization, Prevention and Recovery (UTPRA)
Head: Dr. Carlo Cremisini
The new school "Francesco Jovine", and the Professional University Centre "Le Tre Torri" in San Giuliano di Puglia, built on a single foundation plate and an ENEA-designed isolation system made of 61 high damping rubber bearings and 12 s. steel-teflon sliding isolators (donated by the Italian manufacturing companies ALGA, FIP Industriale, and TIS, belonging to the ACAI-ACEDIS Association). The experimental tests on the facility have been performed by ENEA
Seismic isolators in the new Marzabotto’s school during the foundation laying. ENEA provided a consultancy to the isolator project and performed the experimental tests
"Centro Operativo Emergenza e Formazione" of the Civil Protection Centre in Foligno - Main building (upper picture), protected by 10 high damping rubber bearings with a 1m diameter (lower picture). ENEA provided project consultancy and performed the experimental tests