Design and Construction of Reinforced Autoclaved Aerated Concrete Buildings: From Seismic Resistance to Future Challenges

Autoclaved Aerated Concrete (AAC) is commonly used for infill walls of frame buildings. AAC is sometimes used in unreinforced masonry structures as load bearing elements, however the use of reinforced AAC panel products attract much less attention in this regard, since panels are mostly preferred for slabs and partitions in building construction. This study summarizes the results of the recent work conducted to investigate the seismic performance of reinforced AAC wall panel structures based on the seismic tests and dynamic simulations. The Turkish Earthquake Code (TEC) appears to be one of the few seismic codes placing emphasis on the seismic design of AAC buildings. Hence, the general design considerations of the AAC building design according to the TEC are summarized. A critical overview on future challenges for AAC is discussed in light of other building material alternatives and recent technologies such as concrete printing. 

Prof. Dr. Baris Binici, Middle East Technical University, Turkey

Prof. Dr. Baris Binici obtained his B.Sc. Degree in Civil Engineering at Middle East Technical University and completed his M.Sc. and Ph.D. degrees from The University of Texas at Austin. He joined to Middle East Technical University as a faculty member in 2003. His research interests are in the area of structural and earthquake engineering, reinforced concrete design and modeling, seismic testing and simulations. He has over 200 international publications and worked as a consultant for seismic testing, analysis, and design of structures over 50 projects.