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Strengthening Techniques for Greenhouses

Department of Civil Engineering, University of Patras, 26500 Patra, Greece
School of Civil Engineering, University of Leeds, Woodhouse Lane, Leeds LS2 9JT, UK
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Received: 5 December 2019 / Revised: 28 December 2019 / Accepted: 29 December 2019 / Published: 6 January 2020
Steel greenhouse structures are generally constructed by individual sole contractors using quick empirical structural calculations (pre-engineered solutions). It is also common to import standard greenhouses from other countries, mainly from The Netherlands, Italy, and France, and sometimes from Great Britain and Israel. Evidently, these countries differ concerning the local wind and snow conditions. Therefore, there is a need for a better design of structures accepted as satisfactory, while installation can be done in a different location. Many greenhouse structures incorporating poor designs or inappropriate pre-engineered solutions are currently in use. At the same time, demolition and reconstruction represent a very expensive solution considering the loss of crop production and the demolition and construction costs; thus, strengthening is a reasonable alternative. This paper presents strengthening techniques for steel greenhouses that are code-deficient according to EN 13031 and Eurocodes. Consequently, two case studies are presented as typical applications of greenhouse structure strengthening. View Full-Text
Keywords: greenhouse; structural assessment; strengthening; Eurocodes; steel plates; FRP; bracing greenhouse; structural assessment; strengthening; Eurocodes; steel plates; FRP; bracing
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Maraveas, C.; Tsavdaridis, K.D. Strengthening Techniques for Greenhouses. AgriEngineering 2020, 2, 37-54.

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Maraveas C, Tsavdaridis KD. Strengthening Techniques for Greenhouses. AgriEngineering. 2020; 2(1):37-54.

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Maraveas, Chrysanthos, and Konstantinos D. Tsavdaridis 2020. "Strengthening Techniques for Greenhouses" AgriEngineering 2, no. 1: 37-54.

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