Work Plan




The project will provide the application of the proposed methodology to case studies for validation purposes (see WP7): the Citadel of Algiers; the historical centre of Rhodes; the Cathedral St. Nicholas in Ljubljana; Santa Maria Paganica church and Ardinghelli Palace in the historical centre of L’Aquila (Italy) hit by the earthquake on 6th april 2009 and the S.Pardo Cathedral in Larino (Molise Region, Italy). In particular, the cases of the Citadel of Algiers and the historical centre of Rhodes, represent not only a cultural heritage asset as a whole (both these cases are in fact part of the UNESCO list of the World Cultural Heritage), but also contain a wide number of single important monuments. For this reason, they are optimal examples for the application of the methodology at the two considered scales.


The reliability of the proposed models will be demonstrated through laboratory and in-field experimental tests, performed by different partners. On-site tests will be done by UL and ZRMK on real sites by means of in-situ shear tests on both non- and strengthened stone masonry walls. These tests will be joined with NDT and MDT tests for structural and material characterization. The most meaningful experimental campaigns will be carried out on shaking tables, in the laboratories of ENEA and NTUA. The use of shaking tables will allow to simulating the dynamic response induced in the structures by the earthquake. In particular, they will be useful for the assessment of the effectiveness of those interventions, aiming at increasing the displacement capacity instead of the strength.