Title: Thrust network analysis of masonry vaults

Authors: Francesco Marmo; Daniele Masi; Daniele Mase; Luciano Rosati

Addresses: Department of Structures for Engineering and Architecture, University of Naples Federico II, Naples 80124, Italy ' Department of Structures for Engineering and Architecture, University of Naples Federico II, Naples 80124, Italy ' Department of Structures for Engineering and Architecture, University of Naples Federico II, Naples 80124, Italy ' Department of Structures for Engineering and Architecture, University of Naples Federico II, Naples 80124, Italy

Abstract: We illustrate the assumptions underlying a recent reformulation of the thrust network analysis (TNA), a methodology that allows one to model internal forces within masonry arches and vaults by means of a network of thrusts/the proposed version of the TNA allows for analysis of structures of complex geometry, with openings or free edges, subjected to the combined action of vertical and horizontal loadings. Several numerical examples are reported to show how the method can be applied to evaluate the limit geometric proportions, e.g., minimum thickness, or the horizontal load bearing capacity of masonry arches and vaults.

Keywords: masonry; arch; bault; limit thickness; load bearing capacity.

DOI: 10.1504/IJMRI.2019.096828

International Journal of Masonry Research and Innovation, 2019 Vol.4 No.1/2, pp.64 - 77

Available online: 13 Nov 2018 *

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