Encyclopedia of Earthquake Engineering

2015 Edition
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Seismic Behavior of Ancient Monuments: From Collapse Observation to Permanent Monitoring

  • Vincenzo GattulliEmail author
  • Francesco Potenza
Reference work entry
DOI: https://doi.org/10.1007/978-3-642-35344-4_85


Masonry failure; Monumental structures; Seismic damage; Seismic vulnerability; Structural analysis; Structural health monitoring


The earthquake occurred on April 6, 2009, in Italy at L’Aquila has been a catastrophic event for both the city and the University of L’Aquila (Ceci et al. 2010). Since then, numerous scientific activities have accompanied both the immediate recovery and the long reconstruction program in different fields of earthquake science and engineering. In particular, the development of new systems and technologies for both understanding and enhancing the structural behavior of significant historical palaces and churches, densely populating the L’Aquila city center, has attracted the attention of specialists and researchers coming from a broadband spectrum of scientific disciplines. This rich multidisciplinary approach has permitted the development of a new paradigm in the preparatory works necessary for planning the retrofitting and the...

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Authors and Affiliations

  1. 1.DICEAA - Dipartimento di Ingegneria Civile, Edile-Architettura, Ambientale, CERFIS - Centro di Ricerca e Formazione in Ingegneria SismicaUniversity of L’AquilaL’AquilaItaly