Strengthening of Historic Masonry Structures with Composite Materials

Marco Corradi, Adelaja 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 publicationMaterials Science and Engineering
Subtitle of host publicationConcepts, Methodologies, Tools, and Applications
EditorsInformation Resources Management Association (USA)
PublisherIGI Global
Number of pages35
ISBN (Electronic)9781522517993
ISBN (Print)9781522517986
Publication statusPublished - 11 Jan 2017
Externally publishedYes

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