New Trends in Stone Masonry Mechanics, Simulation and Mechanical Characterization

A special issue of Buildings (ISSN 2075-5309). This special issue belongs to the section "Building Energy, Physics, Environment, and Systems".

Deadline for manuscript submissions: 31 July 2024 | Viewed by 1007

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Earthquake Engineering and Structural Dynamics Laboratory, School of Architecture, Civil and Environmental Engineering, EPFL, Lausanne, Switzerland
Interests: masonry structures; numerical analysis; constitutive modelling; strain localization; non-destructive testing; experimental testing
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Institute of Physical and Information Technologies Leonardo Torres Quevedo (ITEFI), CSIC, Madrid, Spain
Interests: heritage conservation; non-destructive testing; masonry; structural analysis; experimental testing; traditional constructions; automated inspection

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Dear Colleagues,

Stone masonry has been used across civilizations and time to build a wide range of structures, from impressive castles, theatres and bridges to modest residential buildings in city centres and rural areas. The restoration and conservation of these structures are key for preserving their heritage value for the future generations, while their reuse contributes to the current efforts to reduce the material and energy consumption of the construction industry.

Understanding of the mechanical behaviour of stone masonry is key for the structural safety analysis of existing structures, as well as the design of repair and strengthening interventions. Nevertheless, the large variability of component materials and stone masonry typologies, as well as the presence of damage and degradation mechanisms, are still important challenges for the mechanical characterization and structural analysis of stone masonry structures.

This Special Issue aims to collect recent research efforts related to the mechanical characterization, structural analysis and simulation of stone masonry from material to building scale. Topics of particular interest include, but are not restricted to:

  • Destructive and non-destructive techniques for mechanical/structural characterization
  • Experimental tests on stone masonry elements and structures
  • Empirical and mechanical models
  • Numerical simulation approaches (micromechanical, homogenization, macromechanical)
  • Existing damage identification/characterization techniques
  • Digitalization of geometry and damage

Dr. Savvas Saloustros
Dr. Javier Ortega
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  • stone masonry
  • numerical simulation
  • damage identification
  • structural analysis
  • non-destructive testing
  • mechanical characterization
  • built heritage
  • digitalization

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The Rehabilitation of the Historical Bridge of Konitsa, Epirus, Greece: A Documentation-Based Methodology of Structural Analysis and Rehabilitation Strategy
by Christos Giannelos, Vasiliki Palieraki, Erato Oikonomopoulou and Elizabeth Vintzileou
Buildings 2024, 14(3), 690; - 5 Mar 2024
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The bridge of Konitsa over the Aoos river, in Epirus, Greece, was built in 1869. It is one of the most important stone arched bridges in the Balkans, listed by the Hellenic Ministry of Culture (1982). The bridge, damaged by the Ottoman Army [...] Read more.
The bridge of Konitsa over the Aoos river, in Epirus, Greece, was built in 1869. It is one of the most important stone arched bridges in the Balkans, listed by the Hellenic Ministry of Culture (1982). The bridge, damaged by the Ottoman Army in 1913, was restored the same year by French engineers using reinforced concrete. Structural deterioration, located mainly in the area damaged by the explosion and subsequently repaired, led to the study of the bridge by the National Technical University of Athens (NTUA), in the framework of a Contract among the Prefecture of Epirus, the Municipality of Konitsa (owner of the bridge), the Ministry of Culture and NTUA. The entire study includes the exhaustive documentation of the bridge, its numerical modelling and assessment at its current state, the selection of adequate interventions and the numerical investigation of the efficiency of the proposed interventions. During this process, one of the main issues was the treatment of the concrete intervention of 1913. For the choice and for the design of the restoration measures, a calculation methodology was adopted, based on the findings of the documentation of the bridge, while taking into account the critical phases (construction, damage and repair) over its lifetime. This work has proven the available safety of the bridge under its self-weight, as well as the need for reconstruction of the RC jacket at the intrados of the arch, which was applied as a repair measure to the bridge in 1913. Full article
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