Collapse of Masonry Buttresses

Ochsendorf, John and Hernando García, José Ignacio and Huerta Fernández, Santiago (2004). Collapse of Masonry Buttresses. "ASCE Journal of Architectural Engineering", v. 10 (n. 3); pp. 88-97. ISSN 1076-0431.


Title: Collapse of Masonry Buttresses
  • Ochsendorf, John
  • Hernando García, José Ignacio
  • Huerta Fernández, Santiago
Item Type: Article
Título de Revista/Publicación: ASCE Journal of Architectural Engineering
Date: 2004
ISSN: 1076-0431
Volume: 10
Freetext Keywords: masonry structures arches buttresses limit analysis collapse
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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This paper investigates the collapse of masonry buttresses under concentrated lateral loads. A fracture forms at the collapse state, significantly decreasing the resistance to overturning. Conventional analysis assumes that a masonry buttress acts monolithically to resist lateral loads. The current paper demonstrates that this approach is clearly unsafe, and the possibility of a fracture at the collapse state must be considered in the design and assessment of masonry buttresses. By treating the masonry as a continuum, infinitely strong in compression, with no resistance to tension and no possibility for sliding, the authors demonstrate the form of the fracture and determine the critical failure load for typical buttress forms. This approach follows in the tradition of limit analysis of masonry structures as developed by Heyman. General methods are proposed for the overturning analysis of masonry buttresses, and calculation examples are provided. Finally, methods for evaluating the safety of existing buttresses are presented and discussed.

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Item ID: 56095
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DOI: 10.1061/(ASCE)1076-0431(2004)10:3(88)
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Deposited by: Profesor S. Huerta
Deposited on: 05 Aug 2019 05:39
Last Modified: 08 May 2020 07:33
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