Seismic vulnerability of historical masonry structures with irregular geometry

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Beeson S. T., Kubin J., ÜNAY A. İ.

GRADEVINAR, vol.67, no.2, pp.151-158, 2015 (SCI-Expanded) identifier identifier

  • Publication Type: Article / Article
  • Volume: 67 Issue: 2
  • Publication Date: 2015
  • Doi Number: 10.14256/jce.1107.2014
  • Journal Name: GRADEVINAR
  • Journal Indexes: Science Citation Index Expanded (SCI-EXPANDED), Scopus
  • Page Numbers: pp.151-158
  • Keywords: historical masonry structures, seismic behaviour, analytical modelling, finite element analysis
  • Gazi University Affiliated: Yes


Historical masonry buildings with irregular geometric layouts, which cover a large floor area, display poor seismic behaviour. Stresses occur because of irregularities in plan or elevation, and consequent unbalanced mass distributions. The gravity and earthquake analyses are applied in this study on the analytical model of the historical Gazanfer Aga Madrasah. The analyses are used to examine the performance of the building under earthquake effects. The importance of analytical modelling technique in the analysis of irregular masses is emphasized.