The Basilica of San Francesco in Assisi endured stronger earthquakes for centuries before 1997 earthquake, which generated the collapse of the two vaults. Experts blame as possible reasons of collapse the damage cumulated from previous earthquakes and/or the retrofitting made to the structure over its lifetime. This article presents the history of the retrofit interventions of the Basilica through the centuries, focusing mainly on the roof, which has been subjected to three major restorations through its life. It is shown using simple analytical models that the cumulative effects of the changes made to the roof of the Basilica affected the structure's dynamic behavior in a negative manner, increasing the seismic loads on the existing structural members. In particular, the numerical results show that the 1958 roof intervention has stiffened the structure, redistributing the seismic loads on the facade and the transept. This overload might explain the collapse of the two Gothic vaults during 1997 earthquake.
|Titolo:||The Dynamic Behavior of the Basilica of San Francesco in Assisi Using Simplified Analytical Models|
|Data di pubblicazione:||2016|
|Digital Object Identifier (DOI):||10.1080/15583058.2016.1158333|
|Appare nelle tipologie:||1.1 Articolo in rivista|
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