Masonry Piers, Walls, and Towers under Vertical Loads

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


This chapter is addressed to the structural analysis under vertical loads of walls, piers, and towers. For them, the nonlinear interaction between the destabilizing effects of the axial loads and the masonry no-tension response can be very strong. Instability analysis of the masonry pier under an eccentric axial load is firstly studied in the wake of a relevant study of Yokel. The strong sensitivity of the pier strength to the eccentricity of the load is pointed out and comparisons are made with the case of reinforced concrete columns.

Static analysis of building masonry walls is then examined. For them the presence of offsets of the wall thickness at the various stories play a relevant role. Instability of towers whose behavior can be strongly influenced by foundation deformability, is analyzed at the end of the section. Special attention has given to the stability analysis of the Pisa Tower, which recently underwent an outstanding restoration work.


Axial Load Vertical Load Critical Weight Collapse Load Building Wall 
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  1. 1.Department of Civil EngineeringUniversity of Rome TorvergataRomaItaly

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