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Seismic Strengthening of the Bagh Durbar Heritage Building in Kathmandu Following the Gorkha Earthquake Sequence

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Department of Civil Engineering, Cosmos College of Management and Technology, Lalitpur 44600, Nepal
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Interdisciplinary Research Institute for Sustainability, IRIS, Kathmandu 44600, Nepal
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Digicon Engineering Consult, Lalitpur 44600, Nepal
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Structural and Geotechnical Dynamics Laboratory, StreGa, DiBT, University of Molise, Via F. de Sanctis, CB 86100 Campobasso, Italy
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ITC-CNR, Construction Technologies Institute, National Research Council of Italy (CNR), L’Aquila Branch, Via Carducci, AQ 67100 L’Aquila, Italy
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Buildings 2019, 9(5), 128; https://doi.org/10.3390/buildings9050128
Received: 27 April 2019 / Revised: 17 May 2019 / Accepted: 20 May 2019 / Published: 22 May 2019
(This article belongs to the Special Issue Masonry Buildings: Research and Practice)
The so-called Greco-Roman monuments, also known as neoclassical monuments, in Nepal represent unique construction systems. Although they are not native to Nepal, they are icons of the early 19th century in the Kathmandu valley. As such structures are located within the heritage sites and historical centers, preservation of Greco-Roman monuments is necessary. Since many buildings are in operation and accommodate public and critical functions, their seismic safety has gained attention in recent times, especially after the Gorkha earthquake. This paper first presents the background of the Bagh Durbar monument, reports the damage observations, and depicts some repair and retrofitting solutions. Attention is paid to the implementation of the different phases of the structural characterization of the building, the definition of reference material parameters, and finally, the structural analysis made by using finite element models. The aim of the contribution consists of comparison of the adequacy of the finite element model with the field observations and design of retrofitting solutions to assure adequate seismic safety for typical Greco-Roman buildings in Nepal. Thus, this paper sets out to provide rational strengthening solutions compatible with the existing guidelines rather than complex numerical analyses. View Full-Text
Keywords: seismic assessment; Greco-Roman construction; masonry building; seismic retrofitting; heritage construction; structural restoration seismic assessment; Greco-Roman construction; masonry building; seismic retrofitting; heritage construction; structural restoration
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Adhikari, R.; Jha, P.; Gautam, D.; Fabbrocino, G. Seismic Strengthening of the Bagh Durbar Heritage Building in Kathmandu Following the Gorkha Earthquake Sequence. Buildings 2019, 9, 128.

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