The project aims at developing innovative systems for a wide range of masonry enclosures, by improving their overall technological performances and developing sound design rules, for Codes updating. To reach this goal, the project is structured into two main steps, in a three-year time:
- Assessment of the technical and economic feasibility of the envisaged production and construction technologies by performing parallel experimental and theoretical studies. The progress towards successful completion of this phase will be checked during the first term review (PM 15) and will constitute a milestone for the subsequent project prosecution;
- Development of design methods, demonstration of design and construction of prototype walls in real constructions and on-site testing to completely validate the proposed solutions. Software for design and guidelines for end-users will ensure full use of the developed knowledge and technologies. Subsequent milestones will assess this phase, until PM36.
The technical program has been organized according to this research approach. It is organised in 7 interactive Work Packages (WP) and its RTD core foresees the definition of a set of technological constructive combinations (WP3), that will be tested on multi-scale levels (WP5) and on which various modelling strategies and types of analysis will be applied in order to provide reliable calculation rules (WP4). The outcome of the research will be the development of fully constructible and economically feasible innovative systems. The achievement of this goal is ensured by WP6 (Demonstration of constructability) and will find application in the tools and design guidelines given in WP7, which will thus constitute the final research objective.