Location

Chicago, Illinois

Session Start Date

4-29-2013

Session End Date

5-4-2013

Abstract

The paper is devoted to historical masonry buildings’ protection against the destructive influence of earthquakes. Experimental and analytical investigations were performed to verify an original methodology that was developed for improving the structural performance of such a building. The seismic retrofitting of the cultural heritage requires compliance with the severe restrictions of the Romanian legislation related to the preservation of the original artistic and structural features. The intervention on the building started with the understanding of the original idea that was in the mind of the first designer. To accomplish this desideratum, two studies have been performed: a historical study and a geotechnical one. These studies have been followed by a technical assessment and a proposal of intervention. As the building has been able to carry severe loads during its lifetime, the possibility of preserving the original idea of its configuration was taken into account. In the paper, the main stages during the technical assessment and the strengthening project are presented. Within the technical assessment, a theory of damage and failure of unreinforced masonry walls was applied. The strengthening solution has been chosen so that the character of historical and architectural monument should not be affected.

Department(s)

Civil, Architectural and Environmental Engineering

Appears In

International Conference on Case Histories in Geotechnical Engineering

Meeting Name

Seventh Conference

Publisher

Missouri University of Science and Technology

Publication Date

4-29-2013

Document Version

Final Version

Rights

© 2013 Missouri University of Science and Technology, All rights reserved.

Document Type

Article - Conference proceedings

File Type

text

Language

English

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Improving the Structural Performance of Heritage Buildings. A Comprehensive Romanian Experience.

Chicago, Illinois

The paper is devoted to historical masonry buildings’ protection against the destructive influence of earthquakes. Experimental and analytical investigations were performed to verify an original methodology that was developed for improving the structural performance of such a building. The seismic retrofitting of the cultural heritage requires compliance with the severe restrictions of the Romanian legislation related to the preservation of the original artistic and structural features. The intervention on the building started with the understanding of the original idea that was in the mind of the first designer. To accomplish this desideratum, two studies have been performed: a historical study and a geotechnical one. These studies have been followed by a technical assessment and a proposal of intervention. As the building has been able to carry severe loads during its lifetime, the possibility of preserving the original idea of its configuration was taken into account. In the paper, the main stages during the technical assessment and the strengthening project are presented. Within the technical assessment, a theory of damage and failure of unreinforced masonry walls was applied. The strengthening solution has been chosen so that the character of historical and architectural monument should not be affected.