Title: Thrust evaluations of masonry domes. An application to the St. Peter's dome

Authors: Mario Como

Addresses: Department of Civil Engineering and Computer Science Engineering, University of Rome 'Tor Vergata', Via del Politecnico 1, 00133, Rome (RM), Italy

Abstract: The research of the thrust of the St. Peter's dome has a long history that goes up to Poleni (1748) and to the so-called Three Mathematicians (1742) which, in the first half of the 18th century, were engaged to study the damaged dome and to provide its strengthening and restoration. The paper recalls this history and in the framework of some developments of limit analysis applied to masonry bodies, gives an evaluation of the thrust of the St. Peter's dome in Rome by using the kinematical approach.

Keywords: masonry constructions; dome; thrust force.

DOI: 10.1504/IJMRI.2019.096823

International Journal of Masonry Research and Innovation, 2019 Vol.4 No.1/2, pp.32 - 49

Published online: 11 Dec 2018 *

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