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PROCEEDINGS OF THE FIFTEENTH INTERNATIONAL CONFERENCE ON CIVIL, STRUCTURAL AND ENVIRONMENTAL ENGINEERING COMPUTING
Edited by: J. Kruis, Y. Tsompanakis and B.H.V. Topping
Evaluation of the Load-Carrying Capacity of Fill in Masonry Arched Bridges
A. Baratta, I. Corbi and O. Corbi
Department of Structural Engineering and Architecture University of Naples "Federico II", Italy
A. Baratta, I. Corbi, O. Corbi, "Evaluation of the Load-Carrying Capacity of Fill in Masonry Arched Bridges", in J. Kruis, Y. Tsompanakis, B.H.V. Topping, (Editors), "Proceedings of the Fifteenth International Conference on Civil, Structural and Environmental Engineering Computing", Civil-Comp Press, Stirlingshire, UK, Paper 79, 2015. doi:10.4203/ccp.108.79
Keywords: masonry vaults, bridges, fill, static action, stress distribution, numerical testing, validation.
In masonry vaults or vaulted structures, such as historical bridges and viaducts, the presence of the fill is usually considered to not exert any static action and is treated like an additional permanent weight burdening on the vault, which is recognized as a unique structural function. On the contrary the fill may consistently contribute to exerting an overall static action, that should be carefully evaluated in order to perform a more realistic forecast about the carrying capacity of the masonry structure. This objective considered in the paper, where a modelling of the fill is presented in order to take into account in static analyses this important contribution.
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