WIT Press


Operational Modal Testing And Analysis: An Effective Tool For The Assessment Of Masonry Towers

Price

Free (open access)

Paper DOI

10.2495/STR090431

Volume

109

Pages

12

Page Range

487 - 498

Published

2009

Size

2,548 kb

Author(s)

N. Gallino, C. Gentile & A. Saisi

Abstract

This paper presents the results of a recent research on the dynamic behaviour of an historic bell-tower, built in stonework masonry. The first part of the investigation involved: (a) an accurate survey of the tower geometry and of the crack pattern; (b) ambient vibration testing under wind, micro-tremors and swinging of bells; (c) modal identification; (d) FE modelling and model tuning. Since the amplitude of the excitation seems to affect the modal behaviour of the structure, a permanent dynamic monitoring system was recently installed inside the tower in order to investigate the changes in the modal parameters and the possible correlation with damage. Keywords: ambient vibration testing, historic structures, modal parameters, monitoring.

Keywords

ambient vibration testing, historic structures, modal parameters, monitoring