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A First Approach To The Load Path Method On Masonry Structure Behaviour

Price

Free (open access)

Paper DOI

10.2495/STR030291

Volume

66

Pages

10

Published

2003

Size

663.88 kb

Author(s)

G. De Tommasi, P. Monaco & C. Vitone

Abstract

A first approach to the load path method on masonry structure behaviour G. De ~ommasi', P. ~ o n a c o ~ & C. vitone2 I Department of Architecture and Town Planning, Bari Polytechnic, Itah. 2 Department of Civil and Environmental Engineering, Bari Polytechnic, Italy. Abstract Since ancient times, architects have made use of models to create ideas and to have a concrete object to work with. Only after Galilei did this custom enter into the heritage of Science and then models become also instruments to simulate and to analyse the structural behaviour. Drawing inspiration fiom the truss model that dates back itself to the buth of r.c. at the end of the nineteenth century (Hennebique, Ritter and Momch), the Strut and Tie Model (STM) was recently proposed by the Stuttgart School in a wide application to r.c. structures. In the meantime interest grew in methods to generate the STM, as LPM (Load Path Method: Schlaich, 1996). The systematic and organic use of LPM (A.Vitone, Palrnisano et al., 2002) is

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