The conservation of the historical and artistic heritage is one of the main priorities of Italian and international policy. The great variety of masonry buildings that make up this heritage is characterized by different combinations of materials and construction techniques. Then, several damage scenarios could be observed as a result, requiring appropriate retrofitting interventions. A rather accurate structural behavior analysis, especially for horizontal load conditions, allows for elaborating a correct seismic assessment. Albeit there are various numerical tools available to examine them, each one’s process starts by means of certain assumptions that could not be applied indiscriminately. This paper aims to compare two different types of modeling techniques to evaluate their strengths and weaknesses. To achieve this goal, an earthquake-damaged complex in Central Italy was chosen as a case study. The structure was modeled using a finite element (continuous) and a distinct element (discontinuous) method. Both approaches underwent a nonlinear dynamic analysis using the strong motions recorded during the 2016 seismic sequence. The results show that both approaches can evaluate the weak structural points. However, in some cases, the distinct element method appeared more accurate in reproducing the cracks.
Numerical Assessment of Interacting Structural Units on the Seismic Damage: A Comparative Analysis with Different Modeling Approaches / Schiavoni, Mattia; Giordano, Ersilia; Roscini, Francesca; Clementi, Francesco. - In: APPLIED SCIENCES. - ISSN 2076-3417. - ELETTRONICO. - 13:2(2023), pp. 1-17. [10.3390/app13020972]