A Numerical Model for Pre-Monitoring Design of Historical Colonnade Courtyards: The Case Study of Chiaramonte Palace in Palermo
Cristiano Bilello1, *, Emilio Greco2, Martina Greco2, Nazareno Madonia2, Antonina Pirrotta2, 3, Antonio Sorce2
1 ABGroup Ingegneria, Via Maggiore Toselli 10, 90143 Palermo, Italy
2 Dipartimento di Ingegneria Civile, Ambientale, Aerospaziale, dei Materiali (DICAM), Università degli Studi di Palermo, Viale delle Scienze, 90128 Palermo, Italy
3 Department of Mathematical Sciences, University of Liverpool, Liverpool, UK
This paper proposes a numerical model that can be used for theoretical and experimental dynamic characterization of historical colonnade courtyards. Such an architectural element appears often in buildings of historical heritage and, especially under seismic excitation, it represents the most vulnerable structural part. Therefore, it is very important to have reliable as well as simple models available for vulnerability analysis, to evaluate different reinforcing systems if needed, or to plan dynamic characterization tests or monitoring campaigns, as in the present case. Chiaramonte Palace, a wonderful example of the historical heritage of Palermo, is investigated as case study. Firstly, a review of the restoration and structural consolidation works made over the years is presented, as fundamental step towards the knowledge of any existing structural system. Then the acquired information are used to propose a simplified finite element model that properly accounts for the interaction with the surrounding part of the building, and that can be easily calibrated on the basis of estimated or measured vibration periods.
Keywords: Calibration procedure, courtyards codeling, dynamic characterization, finite element modelling, historical heritage, signal analysis.
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