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 publicationHandbook of Research on Seismic Assessment and Rehabilitation of Historic Structures (2 Volumes).
EditorsPanagiotis G Asteris, Vagelis Plevris
Publisher IGI Global
ISBN (Electronic)9781466682870
ISBN (Print)9781466682863, 466682868
Publication statusPublished - 2015


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