Structural Analysis of Thin Tile Vaults and Domes: The Inner Oval Dome of the Basilica de los Desamparados in Valencia

Huerta Fernández, Santiago (2012). Structural Analysis of Thin Tile Vaults and Domes: The Inner Oval Dome of the Basilica de los Desamparados in Valencia. In: "Nuts and Bolts of Construction History. Culture, Technology and Society". Picard, pp. 375-383. ISBN 978-2-7084-0929-3.

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Title: Structural Analysis of Thin Tile Vaults and Domes: The Inner Oval Dome of the Basilica de los Desamparados in Valencia
Author/s:
  • Huerta Fernández, Santiago
Editor/s:
  • Carvais, Robert
  • Guillerme, André
  • Nègre, Valérie
  • Sakarovitch, Jöel
Item Type: Book Section
Title of Book: Nuts and Bolts of Construction History. Culture, Technology and Society
Date: 2012
ISBN: 978-2-7084-0929-3
Subjects:
Freetext Keywords: Arch structures, Domes, Expertise, Masonry construction, Teoría de la membrana, cúpulas de fábrica, cúpulas ovales, historia de la construcción, bóvedas tabicadas, análisis de estructuras Membrane theory, Shell structures, Structural Anlysis, Tile vaulting
Faculty: E.T.S. Arquitectura (UPM)
Department: Estructuras de Edificación [hasta 2014]
Creative Commons Licenses: Recognition - No derivative works - Non commercial

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Abstract

The inner oval dome of the Basílica de la Virgen los Desamparados, built in 1701, is one of the most slender masonry vaults ever built. It is a tile dome with a total thickness of 80 mm and a main span of 18.50 m. It was built without centering with great ingenuity and economy of means, thirty three years after the termination of the building in 1667. The dome is in contact with the external dome only in the inferior part with the projecting ribs of the intrados, the lunettes of the windows, and, in the upper part, through 126 inclined iron bars. This unique construction was revealed in the 1990's in the studies previous to the restoration of the Basílica, and has given rise to different theories about the mode of construction and the structural behaviour and safety of the dome. The present contribution aims to provide a plausible hypothesis about the mode of construction and to explain the safety of the inner dome which has stood, without need of repairs or reinforcement, for 300 hundred years.

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Item ID: 11495
DC Identifier: http://oa.upm.es/11495/
OAI Identifier: oai:oa.upm.es:11495
Deposited by: Profesor S. Huerta
Deposited on: 09 Jul 2012 06:17
Last Modified: 20 Apr 2016 19:33
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