Limit States Analysis of Masonry Arches

by Thomas E. Boothby, (M.ASCE), Pennsylvania State Univ, University Park, United States,

Document Type: Proceeding Paper

Part of: Structures Congress XII


The limit states analysis of masonry arches, heretofore used only for the analysis of hinging mechanisms within the arch ring, is shown to have wider applicability. Lower and upper bounds may be obtained for collapse loads involving sliding at joints or at the abutments of a masonry arch, and combinations of hinging and sliding. The theorems of shakedown limit analysis make it possible to determine lower and upper bounds to the dynamic loads which may initiate an incremental collapse mechanism.

Subject Headings: Dynamic loads | Failure loads | Failure analysis | Masonry | Dynamic structural analysis | Arch bridges | Structural failures

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