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A review of methods applicable to the study of masonry historical construction, encompassing both classical and advanced [...]

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Upper and lower bounds of the collapse load factor are here obtained as the optimum values of two discrete constrained optimization problems. The membership constraints for Von Mises and [...]

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The evaluation of the seismic safety of Andean colonial churches is of high importance as those buildings represent part of the identity of the society and are historical emblems for the communities. Most of these buildings are composed of elongated naves with adobe masonry walls [...]

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Reinforced brick masonry has experienced only scarce use as a fully structural material [...]

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Nowadays it is widely recognized that structural interventions on cultural heritage buildings shall comply with the minimum intervention principle. The main goal is to enhance the structural capacity respecting, at the same time, the authenticity of the monument. As such, the correct [...]

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A computational method is proposed for the lower-bound limit analysis of masonry arches with multiple failure sections. Main motivation is the observation that, not only the position, but also the orientation of the failure sections in an arch might not be known in advance in practical [...]

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This work develops new strategies to robustly apply Thrust Network Analysis (TNA) for the assessment of unreinforced masonry (URM) structures studied within the frame of limit analysis. It formulates and solves a nonlinear optimisation problem on thrust networks considering relevant [...]

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This paper presents a graphic methodology for the structural analysis of domes and other surfaces of revolution, based on a combined use of funicular and projective geometry. By considering a dome as a network of lines of latitude and longitude, the equilibrium of the network is analyzed [...]

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Masonry vaults have a great diffusion in the historical architectural heritage: in this work, their structural behavior is investigated. Attention is focused on lowered sail vaults composed by several brick arrangements, a typical nineteenth-century masonry vault which have great [...]

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The present contribution aims to illustrate some first results obtained from ongoing research on a 16th-century masonry sail vault in the Fortezza Vecchia (the Old Fortress) in Livorno (Italy). A multidisciplinary research is currently ongoing. The information collected by means of [...]