What is it about?
The purpose of this paper aims at critically examining Monasterio’s unpublished manuscript, found by Santiago Huerta in the Library of the Escuela de Ingenieros de Caminos, Canales y Puertos of the Universidad Politécnica de Madrid and entitled Nueva teórica sobre el empuje de bóvedas.
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Why is it important?
Monasterio's manuscript has a relevant role within the historical development of pre-elastic theories on vaulted structures since for the first time the topic concerning non-symmetric masonry arches is investigated. Thus, first of entering into the detailed analysis of the manuscript, a brief account of the historical literature concerning the pre-elastic theories on vaulted structures will be given by identifying two significant research lines, namely the kinematic and static approach, the last one first introduced by Coulomb in his Essai of 1773.
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This page is a summary of: Revisiting Monasterio’s Unpublished Manuscript: A Critical Review of the Collapse Modes Analysis of Non-Symmetric and Symmetric Masonry Arches, International Journal of Architectural Heritage, October 2019, Taylor & Francis, DOI: 10.1080/15583058.2019.1648586.
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THE PURE SLIDING COLLAPSE MODE OF NON-SYMMETRIC MASONRY ARCHES: A CRITICAL REVIEW OF MONASTERIO'S CONTRIBUTION AND AN ALTERNATIVE FORMULATION
Aim of the present paper is to analyze and revisit the first chapter of the Monasterio's unpublished manuscript where the pure sliding collapse mode of non-symmetric masonry arches is investigated. As it will be shown, the Monasterio approach is of a "kinematical" type, since the collapse mechanisms are "a priori" selected and, then, some criterion is adopted to identify the collapse condition. In the present study, it will be shown that the basic assumptions of the Monasterio's analysis are fully in agreement with the modern limit analysis. Furthermore , an alternative formulation for the assessment of the equilibrium of non-symmetric arches is given.
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