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The Influence Of Soil–foundation–structure Interaction On The Overall Behaviour And Diseases Of A Medieval Building In Pisa

Price

Free (open access)

Paper DOI

10.2495/STR150331

Volume

153

Pages

13

Page Range

393 - 405

Published

2015

Size

840 kb

Author(s)

S. Caprili, F. Mangini, W. Salvatore, G. Scarpelli, N. Squeglia

Abstract

The University of Pisa was established in 1343, but it was only in the 16th century that a specific venue, Palazzo La Sapienza, was built. The building was subjected to various modifications in relation to the users’ requirements, with the following irregular structural growth due the absence of a specific and organized global and general scheme. The present paper describes the investigations carried out on the construction and on the foundation soil to clarify their mutual interactions and explain some of the damage today affecting the building. A deep in situ experimental test campaign was executed to define masonry typology, dimensions of structural elements, mechanical properties of materials, geotechnical parameters of the soil and foundations’ geometry and masonry characteristics. Dynamic properties of the subsoil were investigated in order to properly define the local seismic action and the local influence of subsoil profile, necessary for the execution of safety assessments on the global model of the building.

Keywords

soil–structure–foundation interaction, cultural heritage, masonry buildings, local seismic response analysis, vulnerability assessment