Title: Different choices of steel and/or composite reinforcements for different types of masonry vaults

Authors: Alberto Viskovic

Addresses: Department of Engineering and Geology, 'G. D'Annunzio' University of Chieti-Pescara, Viale Pindaro No. 42, 65127 – Pescara, Italy

Abstract: When designing reinforcements for masonry vaults, it is important to consider the structural behaviours of these constructive elements. They depend on two important factors: the form of each vault and the supporting elements. The second factor is often the most important; it is important to consider the different structural typologies of buildings in which vaults are built. Starting from the same philosophy and methodology of intervention, different situations entail very different solutions when designing the seismic retrofitting of vaults. The interventions designed for two very different types of vaults and boundary conditions are described. The first is the interventions design for the Rosati Palace's pavilion vaults (L'Aquila, Italy), where it was possible to eliminate nearly all relative movements across the vaults' springing. The second is the intervention designed for San Francesco Basilica's cross vaults in Assisi (Italy), where it was not possible to eliminate relative movements across the vaults' springing.

Keywords: pavilion vaults; cross vaults; seismic retrofitting; steel reinforcements; composite reinforcements.

DOI: 10.1504/IJMRI.2023.131913

International Journal of Masonry Research and Innovation, 2023 Vol.8 No.4/5, pp.397 - 427

Received: 01 Sep 2021
Accepted: 24 Dec 2021

Published online: 04 Jul 2023 *

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