Experimental behaviour of barrel vaulted structure subjected to rocking of the abutments

Giorgia Giardina, Alessandra Marini, Paolo Riva, Ezio Giuriani

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In this paper, the transverse rocking mechanism of a barrel vaulted structure subjected to horizontal cyclic loads is analysed by means of experimental tests on full scale model and by means of non-linear FE analyses. The study is part of an ongoing experimental and theoretical research program, developed by the University of Brescia, concerning the seismic behaviour of ancient masonry buildings. The scope of the paper is to provide some evidence of the rocking mechanism experienced by barrel vaulted structures under horizontal loading. The understanding of the behaviour of these structural systems is necessary for their seismic vulnerability assessment, as well as for the correct design of possible strengthening techniques. A numeric FE model was validated through comparison with the experimental results and it was used to verify the efficiency of two common strengthening solutions: the technique of the overlaying reinforced concrete slab and the technique of the thin spandrel walls. Experimental and numeric results will be discussed in the paper.
Original languageEnglish
Title of host publicationInternational Seminar on Structural Masonry
EditorsB P Sinha, L Tanacan
Place of PublicationIstanbul, Turkey
Number of pages9
Publication statusPublished - 2008


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