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The Static Safety of Masonry Towers

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The article proposes that, subject to certain qualifying assumptions, the measured first flexural eigenfrequency of a masonry tower can be related to its safety. In fact, its variations in time may be related to variations in the ratio between ultimate compressive strength and dead-weight compressive stresses at the base of a tower. Suggestions are made for taking into account shape factors, such as tapering of sections along the vertical, and examples of application to actual towers are provided.

Keywords: Compressive stresses; Flexural eigenfrequencies; Masonry towers; Modulus of elasticity; Structural safety

Document Type: Research Article

DOI: http://dx.doi.org/10.2749/101686693780607697

Publication date: November 1, 1993

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