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Statics of Historic Masonry Constructions

  • Presents a new comprehensive, unified theory of statics of masonry constructions

  • Based on an interdisciplinary approach analyzing the statics of a large variety of masonry constructions such as arches, domes, cross and cloister vaults, piers, towers, cathedrals and buildings under seismic actions

  • The second edition includes important additions and emendations devoted to the history of the Statics of Masonry Constructions, the study of the counterforts and buttresses, and the study of important monuments constituting the architectural heritage, such as the Brunelleschi Dome or the large Cross Vaults of the Diocletian Baths in Rome and some improvements on the Statics of Coliseum in Rome


Part of the Springer Series in Solid and Structural Mechanics book series (SSSSM, volume 5)

Table of contents

  1. Front Matter
    Pages i-xviii
  2. Mario Como
    Pages 1-54
  3. Mario Como
    Pages 133-176
  4. Mario Como
    Pages 177-184
  5. Mario Como
    Pages 185-272
  6. Mario Como
    Pages 273-289
  7. Mario Como
    Pages 351-389
  8. Mario Como
    Pages 391-407
  9. Mario Como
    Pages 409-480
  10. Mario Como
    Pages 481-524
  11. Mario Como
    Pages 525-619

About this book


This successful book, which is now appearing in its second edition, presents a comprehensive new Statics of Masonry Constructions. Masonry constructions are the great majority of the buildings in Europe’s historic centres and the most important monuments in its architectural heritage. Given the age of these constructions, the demand for safety assessments and restoration projects is pressing and constant. The book you hold in hands contributes to fill this demand. The second edition integrates the original text of the first edition with new developments, widening and revisions, due to recent research studies achievements.

The result is a book that gives a complete picture of the behaviour of the Masonry Constructions. First of all, it gives the fundamentals of its Statics, based on the no-tension assumption, and then it develops the Limit Analysis for the Masonry Constructions. In this framework, through an interdisciplinary approach combining Engineering and Architecture, the book also investigates the static behaviour of many historic monuments, such as the Pantheon, the Colosseum, the domes of Santa Maria del Fiore in Florence and St Peter’s in Rome, as well as the Leaning Tower of Pisa, the Gothic Cathedrals. Finally, the book gives an in-depth study of  masonry buildings under seismic actions.


Gothic Cathedrals Masonry Arches Masonry Constructions Masonry Strength and Deformability Masonry Vaults Statics of Masonry Solids and Structures Structural Mechanics

Authors and affiliations

  1. 1.Department of Civil EngineeringUniversity of Rome Tor VergataRomeItaly

Bibliographic information

  • Book Title Statics of Historic Masonry Constructions
  • Authors Mario Como
  • Series Title Springer Series in Solid and Structural Mechanics
  • Series Abbreviated Title Springer Ser.Solid, Structural Mechanics
  • DOI
  • Copyright Information Springer International Publishing Switzerland 2016
  • Publisher Name Springer, Cham
  • eBook Packages Engineering Engineering (R0)
  • Hardcover ISBN 978-3-319-24567-6
  • Softcover ISBN 978-3-319-79644-4
  • eBook ISBN 978-3-319-24569-0
  • Series ISSN 2195-3511
  • Series E-ISSN 2195-352X
  • Edition Number 2
  • Number of Pages XVIII, 619
  • Number of Illustrations 480 b/w illustrations, 112 illustrations in colour
  • Topics Solid Mechanics
    Solid Mechanics
    Solid Construction
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