Seismic behaviour of historic masonry structures: The case of the neoclassical city of Patras, Greece

Alexandra Philippou, Dimitris Theodossopoulos

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Abstract

Catastrophic earthquakes as the case of Amatrice (2017), emphasise the need for constant research on the response of historic structures under dynamic loads. This paper examines the behaviour of neoclassical masonry dwellings of the Greek city of Patras, to relate the historic style and its seismic behaviour with the rehabilitation processes and examine how far it addresses its specific needs. The study is based on archive material of affected buildings and in-situ surveys, and is approached qualitatively. Morphological features of neoclassicism in Patras were found to contribute positively to their seismic behaviour, while the secondary role of the building fabric to the architecture produced masonry of poor quality and a brittle behaviour. This, along with outdated State regulations, has led to the use of invasive and non-reversible methods.
Original languageEnglish
Title of host publicationREHAB 2017
Subtitle of host publicationProceedings of the 3rd International Conference on Preservation, Maintenance and Rehabilitation of Historical Buildings and Structures
EditorsRogério Amoêda, Sérgio Lira, Cristina Pinheiro
PublisherGreen Lines Institute for Sustainable Development
Number of pages11
ISBN (Electronic)978-989-8734-23-5
ISBN (Print)978-989-8734-24-2
Publication statusPublished - 30 Jun 2017

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