This paper investigates the unbuilt Musmeci parabolic vault, reinventing the original reinforced concrete structure as a dry-masonry vault. In the framework of rigid no-tension constitutive model with no sliding, the equilibrium analysis is conducted with the aim ofevaluating the design thickness of the masonry vault, respecting the original Musmeci shape. A parametric survey is performed to assess the minimum thickness of the vault, and its structural capacity under spreading supports. Attention is focused on the different collapse mechanisms and the corresponding crack patterns. For a better insight into the behaviour of the parabolic vault, the relevant case of the parabolic arch is first analysed and discussed. The numerical results show the feasibility of the project, with a thickness comparable with that proposed by Musmeci.

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Published on 30/11/21
Submitted on 30/11/21

Volume Numerical modeling and structural analysis, 2021
DOI: 10.23967/sahc.2021.301
Licence: CC BY-NC-SA license

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