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Statics of Historic Masonry Constructions

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

  • 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

  • Written by a leading expert in the field


Part of the Springer Series in Solid and Structural Mechanics book series (SSSSM, volume 1)

Table of contents

  1. Front Matter
    Pages 1-13
  2. Mario Como
    Pages 1-49
  3. Mario Como
    Pages 129-173
  4. Mario Como
    Pages 175-341
  5. Mario Como
    Pages 343-380
  6. Mario Como
    Pages 381-399
  7. Mario Como
    Pages 465-508
  8. Mario Como
    Pages 509-588

About this book


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 much of these constructions, the demand for safety assessments and restoration projects is pressing and constant. This book aims to help fill this demand presenting a comprehensive new statics of masonry constructions.

The book, result of thirty years of research and professional experience, gives the fundamentals of statics of the masonry solid, then applied to the study of statics of arches, piers and vaults. Further, combining engineering and architecture and through an interdisciplinary approach, the book investigates the statical behaviour of many historic monuments, as the Pantheon, the Colosseum,  the domes of S. Maria del Fiore in Florence and of St. Peter in Rome, the Tower of Pisa, the Gothic Cathedrals and the 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 TorvergataRomaItaly

Bibliographic information

  • Book Title Statics of Historic Masonry Constructions
  • Authors Mario Como
  • Series Title Springer Series in Solid and Structural Mechanics
  • DOI
  • Copyright Information Springer-Verlag Berlin Heidelberg 2013
  • Publisher Name Springer, Berlin, Heidelberg
  • eBook Packages Engineering Engineering (R0)
  • Hardcover ISBN 978-3-642-30131-5
  • Softcover ISBN 978-3-642-44319-0
  • eBook ISBN 978-3-642-30132-2
  • Series ISSN 2195-3511
  • Series E-ISSN 2195-352X
  • Edition Number 1
  • Number of Pages XVI, 588
  • Number of Illustrations 0 b/w illustrations, 0 illustrations in colour
  • Topics Solid Mechanics
    Solid Mechanics
    Architectural History and Theory
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“The book is very well written and organized. Moreover, it offers an exhaustive description of the modeling and mechanical response of many typical masonry structural elements. Each argument is treated following a rigorous mechanical and mathematical approach, resulting in a treatise able to describe masonry models and analysis techniques with great clarity. Furthermore, the book presents the models and the methods for the evaluation of safety of masonry structures, together with extended numerical examples concerning famous masonry constructions.” (Elio Sacco, Meccanica, Vol 54, 2019)