The Asinelli Tower, built at the end of the 12th century, is one of the main symbol of the town of Bolognaand a valuable historical heritage of the Medieval age of the entire Italy. For its structural configuration,the tower appears prone to seismic damages and, therefore, an assessment of its dynamic properties is ofprimary importance to predict its seismic response. In the present paper, based on the results of limitedmaterial tests, the mechanical and dynamic properties of the tower are analysed through the developmentof models of increasing complexity. First, models for the evaluation of the main materials mechanicalproperties are compared to validate the experimental results. Then, different structural models of thetower (from simple continuum analytical models to more complex finite element models) are developed.The analytical and numerical results obtained from the different models are finally compared to somerecent experimental measurements of the free vibration response of the tower conducted by the ItalianNational Institute of Geophysics and Volcanology (the INGV). The preliminary results indicate that theexperimental frequencies are in good agreement with the values obtained from the models. However,additional studies are necessary to better understand the torsional response of the tower.

An approach for the mechanical characterisation of the Asinelli Tower (Bologna) in presence of insufficient experimental data

PALERMO, MICHELE;SILVESTRI, STEFANO;GASPARINI, GIADA;BARACCANI, SIMONETTA;TROMBETTI, TOMASO
2015

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The Asinelli Tower, built at the end of the 12th century, is one of the main symbol of the town of Bolognaand a valuable historical heritage of the Medieval age of the entire Italy. For its structural configuration,the tower appears prone to seismic damages and, therefore, an assessment of its dynamic properties is ofprimary importance to predict its seismic response. In the present paper, based on the results of limitedmaterial tests, the mechanical and dynamic properties of the tower are analysed through the developmentof models of increasing complexity. First, models for the evaluation of the main materials mechanicalproperties are compared to validate the experimental results. Then, different structural models of thetower (from simple continuum analytical models to more complex finite element models) are developed.The analytical and numerical results obtained from the different models are finally compared to somerecent experimental measurements of the free vibration response of the tower conducted by the ItalianNational Institute of Geophysics and Volcanology (the INGV). The preliminary results indicate that theexperimental frequencies are in good agreement with the values obtained from the models. However,additional studies are necessary to better understand the torsional response of the tower.
Palermo, Michele; Silvestri, Stefano; Gasparini, Giada; Baraccani, Simonetta; Trombetti, Tomaso
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