Encyclopedia of Earthquake Engineering

2015 Edition
| Editors: Michael Beer, Ioannis A. Kougioumtzoglou, Edoardo Patelli, Siu-Kui Au

Strengthening Techniques: Masonry and Heritage Structures

  • Elizabeth VintzileouEmail author
Reference work entry
DOI: https://doi.org/10.1007/978-3-642-35344-4_211


Arch; Box action; Deep rejointing; Diaphragm; Dome; Foundation; Grouting; Masonry; Mortar; Repair and strengthening; Stitching; Ties; Vault


Masonry structures constitute a large part of the existing structures throughout the world. A significant part of the existing masonry structures belong to the built cultural heritage. Furthermore, many countries with rich cultural heritage are situated in earthquake-prone areas (in Europe, in Asia, in South America). The built cultural heritage includes unique monuments (temples, churches, castles, palaces, bridges, etc.) and (inhabited and leaving) historic centers. Therefore, there is a continuous need for the preservation of this wealth, whose cultural, historical, social, and economic values cannot be overestimated.

On the other hand, the international scientific community is working quite intensively in the field of preservation of the existing stock of structures, and, thus, the knowledge acquired in the last decades...

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Authors and Affiliations

  1. 1.Department of Structural Engineering, Faculty of Civil EngineeringNational Technical University of AthensAthensGreece