A method for the analysis and classification of historic masonry

Borri, Antonio, Corradi, Marco, Castori, Giulio and De Maria, Alessandro (2015) A method for the analysis and classification of historic masonry. Bulletin of Earthquake Engineering, 13 (9). pp. 2647-2665. ISSN 1570-761X

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Official URL: http://dx.doi.org/10.1007/s10518-015-9731-4


It is known that the mechanical behavior of masonry material depends on many factors, such as compressive or shear strength of components (mortar and blocks), blocks shape, volumetric ratio between components and wall texture, that is the result of applying a series of construction devices which form the “rule of the art”. Taking into account the complexity of the problem due to the great number of variables, a fair assessment of the load carrying capacity of masonries can be made only with in situ test. Being in situ test a semi-destructive methods, not always viable, a numerical estimate of the mechanical parameters of the walls can be made on the basis of a qualitative criteria evaluation. The method here proposed, called Masonry Quality Index method, consists in evaluating the presence, the partial presence, or the absence of certain parameters that define the “rule of the art”, namely a set of construction devices that, if executed during the construction of a wall, provides a good behavior and ensure the compactness and the monolithicity.

Item Type: Article
Uncontrolled Keywords: Historic masonry, seismic vulnerability, in-site testing, mechanical properties
Subjects: H200 Civil Engineering
K900 Others in Architecture, Building and Planning
Department: Faculties > Engineering and Environment > Mechanical and Construction Engineering
Depositing User: Becky Skoyles
Date Deposited: 20 Feb 2015 08:38
Last Modified: 13 Oct 2019 00:21
URI: http://nrl.northumbria.ac.uk/id/eprint/21448

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