An infrastructure has a significant role in the economic growth of a community especially in Canada. The most efficient way of protecting civil infrastructures-such as buildings and bridges- against external loads such as seismic loads is using protective systems such as seismic bracing systems to increase the life-cycle of civil infrastructures, reduce the vibration, and mitigate energy of earthquake loads. In this proposal, the two nonconventional materials including Shape Memory Alloy (SMA) and magnetorheological fluid (MR) are used to develop a novel smart bracing system. The SMA MR-core bracing system is proposed to be implemented in infrastructures to increase safety, dissipate the energy of seismic loads and extend its service life.
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