On 13th March 1996 the dome of the St. Nicolo` Cathedral of Noto fell due to a post-seismic structural collapse. In order to study the soil–structure interaction a comprehensive laboratory and in situ investigation has been carried out to obtain a soil profile. In this paper the dynamic characterisation results and normalised laws are proposed to consider shear modulus decay and damping ratio increase with strain level. The existing foundations of the cathedral were investigated by means of excavations and tests on the stones and the mortar. In this way the foundations were subjected to visual inspections to detect their size and their embedment level. Now, the soil–foundation interaction has been analysed by means of the finite element code SOFIA, considering at this stage the superstructure weight through the influence area approach. In particular, the effects of the designed remedial work of the foundation have been studied, comparing the two configurations before and after the foundation improvement. 2003 Elsevier Ltd. All rights reserved.
|Titolo:||Noto Cathedral: soil and foundation investigation|
|Data di pubblicazione:||2003|
|Appare nelle tipologie:||1.1 Articolo in rivista|