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Paper 243

Numerical Models and the Perception of Masonry

E. Della Bella

Department of History, Architecture Design and Restoration, Sapienza University of Rome, Italy

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E. Della Bella, "Numerical Models and the Perception of Masonry", in , (Editors), "Proceedings of the Twelfth International Conference on Computational Structures Technology", Civil-Comp Press, Stirlingshire, UK, Paper 243, 2014. doi:10.4203/ccp.106.243
Keywords: masonry, groin vault, cross vault, survey, historical buildings, statics..

During the restoration of ancient constructions that follow a survey; architects and engineers are asked to consolidate the masonry structure. In these cases, more often than not, the use of a numerical model is far from useful. This paper analyses some case studies in which architects and engineers should go 'beyond' the numerical computer model and take a step 'backwards' to a substantial intrinsic knowledge of masonry. To really approach these contingencies, the architect or engineer must distance themselves from being mere technicians, assuming the role of the scholar who is able to 'feel' and 'visualize' the masonry's stress.

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