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Non-destructive Investigation Of Structural Elements Of The \“Altes Museum” In Berlin


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Ch. Maierhofer, Ch. Köpp, M. Hamann, Ch. Hennen, L. Binda, A. Saisi & L. Zanzi


Strategies and methodologies for the assessment of historic masonry structures based on non-destructive and minor-destructive testing methods were developed in the European Research Project ONSITEFORMASONRY and were successfully applied to assess the structure and material properties of selected structural elements in the Altes Museum in Berlin-Mitte. For the planning of a broad reconstruction within the framework of a master plan concerning the whole of Museum Island in Berlin, several questions arose which are also typical for other historic structures in general, thus the Altes Museum was chosen as a pilot site for the validation of non-destructive testing methods. Keywords: non-destructive testing, historic masonry, radar, columns, cupola, anchors. 1 Introduction The \“Altes Museum”, built between 1823 and 1829 by Karl Friedrich Schinkel, is one of the most important buildings of the Museum Island located in the centre of Berlin. The museum is part of the World Heritage. The \“Altes Museum” was commissioned by King Friedrich Wilhelm III as the first public museum of Berlin and was the nucleus of the Museum Island, symbolising the cultural and political centre of Prussia. The building was designed having an atrium with


non-destructive testing, historic masonry, radar, columns, cupola, anchors.