The recent seismic events in central Italy have shown the high fragility of historic masonry constructions. Aiming at studying their seismic behaviour and developing sustainable solution for the retrofitting and structural strengthening, a shake table test on a full scale masonry specimen will be carried out on November 8th 2017. The specimen is made of three walls sustaining a timber roof, will be tested under natural accelerograms applied in both horizontal and vertical directions, with increasing scale factor up to collapse.
The research project is led by Prof. Gianmarco de Felice of Roma Tre University and the tests will be carried out at the ENEA Casaccia Research Centre, under the coordination of Dr. Gerardo De Canio.
The experimental activity is part of the ITALY–USA Science and Technology Cooperation Project Nr. PGR00234 “Composites with inorganic matrix for sustainable strengthening of architectural heritage” funded by the Italian Ministry for Foreign Affairs (MAECI), and of the Project CoBRA “Sviluppo e diffusione di metodi, tecnologie e strumenti avanzati per la Conservazione dei Beni culturali, basati sull’applicazione di Radiazioni e di tecnologie Abilitanti” funded by the Lazio Region. The experimental activity was funded by the Reluis-DPC Executive Projects 2006/2016 “Assessment and Mitigation of Seismic Vulnerability of Existing Masonry Structures” and through a research agreement with FIBRENET S.r.l.
The experimental tests will be shared in real time by DySCO Virtual Lab at the following address: http://connect.portici.enea.it/tavibr