Title: Structural and constructive analysis of San Juan de Dios Basilica dome, in Granada (Spain)

Authors: Javier Suárez Medina; Rafael Bravo Pareja; José Antonio González Casares

Addresses: Department of Structural Mechanics and Hydraulic Engineering, University of Granada, Campus Fuentenueva, sn 18001 Granada, Spain ' Department of Structural Mechanics and Hydraulic Engineering, University of Granada, Campus Fuentenueva, sn 18001 Granada, Spain ' International Graduate School, University of Granada, C/ Paz 18, 18071 Granada, Spain

Abstract: The St. Juan de Dios Basilica, in Granada was built between 1734 and 1757, by design of architect José de Bada y Navajas. It is considered one of great Spanish Baroque works. In this paper, it is presented the architectural analysis and constructive description of basilica, focused on the dome over transept, built according to the faux dome model, which was spread by Fray Lorenzo de San Nicolás. By a measurement on-site campaign, with measuring tape and laser metre, dome geometric modelling is presented for first time. It is also presented the application of different methodologies of structural analysis to timbrel domes: Rankine-Schwedler membrane analysis; analysis of stability by application of limit analysis, and seismic analysis based on the discrete element method (DEM). Application of different methodologies allows compare the obtained results. Finally, it is presents suggestions for constructive conservation measures.

Keywords: timber dome; timbrel dome; structural analysis; San Juan de Dios Basilica; constructive analysis; Fray Lorenzo; encamonada dome.

DOI: 10.1504/IJMRI.2020.111799

International Journal of Masonry Research and Innovation, 2020 Vol.5 No.4, pp.497 - 517

Received: 26 Nov 2018
Accepted: 29 May 2019

Published online: 07 Dec 2020 *

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