Historical churches, masonry towers and bell towers are structures subjected to high risk, due to their age, elevation and low base area on height ratio. In this work, an innovative monitoring technique for structural integrity assessment of historical buildings is reported. At the same time, the emblematic case study of the Turin Cathedral Bell tower is presented. The damage evolution in the tall masonry structure is described by the evaluation of the cumulative number of AE and by different parameters able to predict the time dependence of damage. In particular, since environmental disturbances have been minimized, and instrumental noises have been filtered out. The b-value analysis shows a downward trend to values compatible with the growth of localized macro-cracks at the base of the tower. These results seem to be in good agreement with the numerical analysis. Extension to longer monitoring periods and, later, investigation of different segments are strongly recommended to assess the stability of the monument.

AE Damage Assessment in the Bell Tower of the Turin Cathedral / Amedeo, Manuello; Masera, Davide; Carpinteri, Alberto. - ELETTRONICO. - 817:(2019), pp. 579-585. [10.4028/www.scientific.net/kem.817.579]

AE Damage Assessment in the Bell Tower of the Turin Cathedral

Amedeo Manuello;Davide Masera;Alberto Carpinteri
2019

Abstract

Historical churches, masonry towers and bell towers are structures subjected to high risk, due to their age, elevation and low base area on height ratio. In this work, an innovative monitoring technique for structural integrity assessment of historical buildings is reported. At the same time, the emblematic case study of the Turin Cathedral Bell tower is presented. The damage evolution in the tall masonry structure is described by the evaluation of the cumulative number of AE and by different parameters able to predict the time dependence of damage. In particular, since environmental disturbances have been minimized, and instrumental noises have been filtered out. The b-value analysis shows a downward trend to values compatible with the growth of localized macro-cracks at the base of the tower. These results seem to be in good agreement with the numerical analysis. Extension to longer monitoring periods and, later, investigation of different segments are strongly recommended to assess the stability of the monument.
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