On the Structural Analysis and Seismic Protection of Historical Masonry Structures

Panagiotis G. Asteris*

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In this paper, a general methodology for the seismic protection of historical structures and monuments is presented. The proposed methodology is applied to one historical and monumental structure, in Cyprus, within the frame of the European Project for the Conservation of Historical Mediterranean Sites by Innovative Seismic-Protection Techniques. According to the proposed method, the structure under consideration was analysed with and without the implementation of vibration control devices. The entire vulnerability analysis leads to the development of fragility curves, which determine the possibility of a building to be damaged beyond a specified damage level for strong ground motions. These results are quite important during the analysis and redesign procedure for a historical structure since it gives the opportunity to investigate several different seismic scenarios with different repair/strengthening decisions.