Masonry Stairways

  • Mario ComoEmail author
Part of the Springer Series in Solid and Structural Mechanics book series (SSSSM, volume 1)


Statics of cantilevered masonry stairs, the so-called “scale alla romana”, is the subject of this chapter. The flights of these stairs are cantilevered from a wall and connected by small vaults constituting the landings. The flight is composed of a long masonry vault having a depressed transverse sectional profile. For this type of structure, the existence of an admissible equilibrium may appear paradoxical. A new resistant model of these stairs is proposed in the context of the no tension models. The model is validated by numerical investigations and comparisons with tests.


Horizontal Force Resistant Model Torsional Load Principal Stress Direction Longitudinal Arch 
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Authors and Affiliations

  1. 1.Department of Civil EngineeringUniversity of Rome TorvergataRomaItaly

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