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Common Types Of Hardware Used In Seismic Retrofit Projects



When it comes to seismic retrofitting, hardware is a key component in ensuring a structure is strengthened and able to withstand the force of an earthquake. There are several different types of hardware that can be used to complete a seismic retrofit, each designed to reinforce a structure in a different way.


SHEAR WALLS

Shear Walls are one of the most common types of hardware used for seismic retrofitting. Shear Walls are used to increase a structure’s lateral stability and stiffness, making them resistant to lateral seismic forces. Shear Walls are usually constructed from plywood or plywood-like materials, and are then reinforced with steel brackets or other types of hardware.


LIQUID RESIN INJECTION

Liquid Resin Injection is another hardware used to complete a seismic retrofit. This method is used to reinforce existing foundations and walls that are cracked or weakened due to seismic activity. Liquid Resin Injection works by filling the cracks and weak areas with a special resin that then hardens and creates a strong bond between the two materials, strengthening the structure and making it more resistant to seismic forces.


STEEL BRACING

Steel Bracing is another type of hardware used to complete a seismic retrofit. Steel Bracing is used to increase the lateral rigidity of a structure, making it resistant to seismic forces. Steel Bracing is often used in conjunction with other types of hardware, such as Shear Walls, to help reinforce the structure.


BASE ISOLATION SYSTEMS

Base Isolation Systems are another type of hardware used for seismic retrofitting. Base Isolation Systems are designed to absorb seismic forces and reduce the amount of force that reaches the structure itself. The system works by isolating the structure from the ground, allowing the structure to move independently of the ground and absorb the energy of the seismic force.


STEEL BEAMS

Finally, Steel Beams are another type of hardware used for seismic retrofitting. Steel Beams are used to increase the stiffness of a structure, making it resistant to seismic forces. Steel Beams are often used in conjunction with other types of hardware, such as Shear Walls, to help reinforce the structure.


Overall, there are several different types of hardware used to complete a seismic retrofit, each designed to reinforce a structure in a different way. Shear Walls are used to increase a structure’s lateral stability and stiffness, Liquid Resin Injection is used to reinforce existing foundations and walls, Steel Bracing is used to increase the lateral rigidity of a structure, Base Isolation Systems are used to absorb seismic forces, and Steel Beams are used to increase the stiffness of a structure. By using these different types of hardware together, a structure can be reinforced and made more resistant to seismic forces.


Are you curious whether a seismic retrofit is right for your home or commercial property? Book a free consultation with our team today.

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