Strengthening of Historic Masonry Structures with Composite Materials

Marco Corradi, Israel Osofero, Antonio Borri, Giulio Castori

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Existing un-reinforced masonry buildings made of vaults, columns and brick and multi-leaf stone masonry walls, many of which have historical and cultural importance, constitute a significant portion of construction heritage in Europe and rest of the world. Recent earthquakes in southern Europe have shown the vulnerability of un-reinforced masonry constructions due to masonry almost total lack of tensile resistance. Composite materials offer promising retrofitting possibilities for masonry buildings and present several well-known advantages over existing conventional techniques. The aim of this work is to analyze the effectiveness of seismic-upgrading methods both on un-damaged (preventive reinforcement) and damaged (repair) masonry building. After a brief description of mechanical and physical properties of composite materials, three different applications have been addressed: in-plane reinforcement of masonry walls, extrados and intrados reinforcement of masonry vaults/arches and masonry column confinement with composite materials.
Original languageEnglish
Title of host publicationHandbook of Research on Seismic Assessment and Rehabilitation of Historic Structures
EditorsPanagiotis G. Asteris, Vagelis Plevris
Place of PublicationHershey, PA
PublisherIGI Global
Number of pages1130
ISBN (Print)9781466682863
Publication statusPublished - Apr 2015


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