Publication year: 2021
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Takes a modern approach to the meaning of a heritage structure and its conservation. The historical evolution of conservation is briefly addressed, considering prominent individuals and cases; along with the history of construction, focusing on materials and related structural elements, with insight on the sizing rules adopted by masons. This explains structural decisions made during the construction process and allows comparison of scientific theories from the 18th century to modern understanding of limit analysis. Damage and collapse mechanisms for masonry construction, as the most widespread structural form for historical buildings, is described. Excess permanent loading and settlement is differentiated from environmental and anthropogenic actions such as earthquake or incorrect intervention.
Subject: Historic buildings Conservation and restoration, Structural engineering, Building materials, Conservation and of heritage structures, Construction materials, Vaulted structures, Ancient sizing rules, Masonry arches, Damage mechanisms in masonry buildings, Collapse mechanisms in masonry buildings