WIT Press


Non-destructive Methods As A Tool In The Assessment Of Monumental Buildings Condition

Price

Free (open access)

Paper DOI

10.2495/STR090311

Volume

109

Pages

10

Page Range

349 - 358

Published

2009

Size

652 kb

Author(s)

G. Concu & B. De Nicolo

Abstract

Results of a diagnostic campaign carried out on ancient Santa Maria Church in Oristano (Italy), with the purpose of evaluating the structural condition before starting a restoration program, are reported. The beautiful building showed signs of damage such as cracks, gathered especially on the façade’s masonry and on the accessing arches of the lateral chapels contiguous to the façade. With the aim at non-invasively getting the higher number of reliable data about the real static condition of the church’s façade and its out-buildings, several non-destructive investigations have been carried out. As a first step a global visual inspection has been run. Then, sonic tests, endoscopy and flat jacks have been carried out on the façade’s masonry, and a dynamic test has been run on the tie rods that link the façade to the lateral chapel’s masonries. Finally, the development of the cracks in the arches has been monitored for a period of fourteen months. Keywords: stone masonry, non-destructive testing, sonic test, flat jacks, rod ties tension, crack pattern.

Keywords

stone masonry, non-destructive testing, sonic test, flat jacks, rod ties tension, crack pattern