Collapse Prediction and Safety of Masonry Arches

  • Georgios E. StavroulakisEmail author
  • Ioannis Menemenis
  • Maria E. Stavroulaki
  • Georgios A. Drosopoulos
Part of the Springer Tracts in Civil Engineering book series (SPRTRCIENG)


Masonry structures without mortar or with mortar of low quality are used in several infrastructures, like bridges and retaining walls Unilateral contact plays a crucial role in their stability. Limit analysis and nonexistence of solution are related to the creation of collapse mechanisms. Open source and freely available software can be used for the analysis of such structures, usually with an acceptable for post-disaster, emergency situations. Numerical results related to a recently collapsed masonry bridge demonstrate the usage of the proposed method.


Limit analysis Masonry arches Collapse prediction Stability of structures Solvability of unilateral contact problems 


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Authors and Affiliations

  1. 1.School of Production Engineering and Management, Institute of Computational Mechanics and OptimizationTechnical University of CreteChaniaGreece
  2. 2.School of Architecture, Applied Mechanics LaboratoryTechnical University of CreteChaniaGreece
  3. 3.Discipline of Civil Engineering, Structural Engineering and Computational Mechanics Group (SECM)University of KwaZulu-NatalDurbanSouth Africa

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