Bulletin of Earthquake Engineering

, Volume 13, Issue 1, pp 237–256 | Cite as

In-plane shear tests on masonry panels with plaster: correlation of structural damage and damage on artistic assets

  • Chiara Calderini
  • S. Degli Abbati
  • Patricia Cotič
  • Meta Kržan
  • Vlatko Bosiljkov
Original Research Paper


In the paper, possibilities of correlation of structural damage and damage of attached artistic assets on multi-leaf stone masonry walls by means of destructive and non-destructive testing (NDT) methods are investigated. Results from two testing campaigns carried out at the University of Genoa and University of Ljubljana are briefly presented. In particular, diagonal tests with different levels of pre-compression and shear tests under different boundary conditions were carried out in Genoa and Ljubljana, respectively. During the tests, different damage limit states (DL) of both masonry walls (SE) and attached plasters (AA) were investigated by means of NDT’s. Two different types of rubble stone masonry were considered (uncoursed random rubble vs. coursed squared rubble). For AA the results are presented in relative form in dependence from the DL of SE. Obtained results are influenced both by the type of test and tested masonry. Results of NDT revealed strong potential and a need for data fusing of both investigated methods for the evaluation of the state of the degradation behind the plaster.


Multi-leaf stone masonry Diagonal test Shear test Plaster NDT  Artistic assets 



The results were achieved through the project PERPETUATE (, funded by the European Commission in the 7th Framework Programme (FP7/2007–2013), under grant agreement no 244229 and by the Ministry of Science and Technology of the Republic of Slovenia.


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Authors and Affiliations

  • Chiara Calderini
    • 1
  • S. Degli Abbati
    • 1
  • Patricia Cotič
    • 2
  • Meta Kržan
    • 2
  • Vlatko Bosiljkov
    • 2
  1. 1.University of GenovaGenovaItaly
  2. 2.University of LjubljanaLjubljanaSlovenia

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