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Sustainability 2016, 8(4), 394; doi:10.3390/su8040394

Fiber-Reinforced Polymer Nets for Strengthening Lava Stone Masonries in Historical Buildings

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Department of Civil Engineering and Architecture, University of Catania, S. Sofia n° 64, Catania 95123, Italy
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Department of Agriculture, Food and Environment, University of Catania, S. Sofia n° 100, Catania 95123, Italy
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Academic Editor: Marc A. Rosen
Received: 26 February 2016 / Revised: 5 April 2016 / Accepted: 8 April 2016 / Published: 21 April 2016
(This article belongs to the Section Sustainable Engineering and Science)
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Abstract

The strengthening of masonries is a crucial step in building restoration works because of its relevance, mostly with regard to the improvement of building seismic behavior. Current building technologies are based on the use of steel nets which are incorporated into cement plasters. The use of steel has a number of contraindications that can be solved by using composite materials such as glass fiber nets, which have high mechanical characteristics and lightness, elasticity, corrosion resistance, and compatibility with lime plaster. Building interventions, that take into account the application of glass fiber nets, are very sustainable from several points of view, e.g., material production, in situ works, economic cost and durability. In Italy, several experiments have been carried out in situ with the aim of testing the mechanical characteristics of masonries which have been treated with fiber-reinforced polymer (FRP) nets. This paper deals with a series of in situ tests carried out during the restoration works of an important historical building located in Catania (Sicily, Italy). The results achieved are largely positive. View Full-Text
Keywords: composite materials; Cultural Heritage; anti-seismic improvement; experimental tests composite materials; Cultural Heritage; anti-seismic improvement; experimental tests
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Cascone, S.M.; Sapienza, V.; Lionti, I.; Porto, S.M.C. Fiber-Reinforced Polymer Nets for Strengthening Lava Stone Masonries in Historical Buildings. Sustainability 2016, 8, 394.

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