WIT Press

Historical Analysis Of XIX Century Static Theories About Masonry Vaults And Domes

Price

Free (open access)

Paper DOI

10.2495/STR950101

Volume

16

Pages

11

Published

1995

Size

937 kb

Author(s)

A. Becchi, M. Corradi & F. Foce

Abstract

This report offers a historical synthesis of the scientific studies carried out during the nineteenth century on the statics of arches, vaults, and masonry domes. It wishes to pointing out the role that the history of scientific and constructive knowledge may play for a better understanding of the present theoretical debate on principles ruling both preservation and static rehabilitation. 1 Introduction The evocative and enigmatic image proposed by P.M. Franceschinis in his book Delle Matematiche Applicate (Padova, 1808) opens a significant collection of essays presented at the first Symposium on history of science and construction techniques [1] which has been emblematically entitled Between Mechanics and Architecture. At the Symposium mechanics of architecture and ar

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