Buildings 2012, 2(3), 332-358; doi:10.3390/buildings2030332

Assessment of Seismic Vulnerability of a Historical Masonry Building

Department of Engineering, University of Sannio, Piazza Roma, 21-82100 Benevento, Italy
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Received: 9 July 2012; Accepted: 10 August 2012 / Published: 13 September 2012
(This article belongs to the Special Issue Earthquake Resistant Buildings)
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Abstract: A multidisciplinary approach for assessing the seismic vulnerability of heritage masonry buildings is described throughout the paper. The procedure is applied to a specific case study that represents a very common typology of masonry building in Italy. The seismic vulnerability of the examined building was assessed after the following: (a) historical investigation about the building and the surrounding area, (b) detailed geometrical relieves, (c) identification of materials by means of surveys and literature indications, (d) dynamic in-situ tests, (e) foundation soil characterization, (f) dynamic identification of the structure by means of a refined Finite Element (FE) model. After these steps, the FE model was used to assess the safety level of the building by means of non-linear static analyses according to the provisions of Eurocode 8 and estimate of the q-factor. Some parametric studies were also carried out by means of both linear dynamic and non-linear static analyses.
Keywords: masonry buildings; knowledge level; multidisciplinary in-situ inquiries; FE models; dynamic behavior; non-linear analyses

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Ceroni, F.; Pecce, M.; Sica, S.; Garofano, A. Assessment of Seismic Vulnerability of a Historical Masonry Building. Buildings 2012, 2, 332-358.

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Ceroni F, Pecce M, Sica S, Garofano A. Assessment of Seismic Vulnerability of a Historical Masonry Building. Buildings. 2012; 2(3):332-358.

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Ceroni, Francesca; Pecce, Marisa; Sica, Stefania; Garofano, Angelo. 2012. "Assessment of Seismic Vulnerability of a Historical Masonry Building." Buildings 2, no. 3: 332-358.

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