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Title: Seismic vulnerability of masonry heritage buildings in Malta
Authors: Mangion, Andre
Torpiano, Alex
Bonello, Marc
Keywords: Earthquake hazard analysis -- Malta
Risk assessment -- Malta
Earthquake engineering -- Malta
Historic buildings -- Malta
Issue Date: 2015
Publisher: Mistral Service sas
Citation: Mangion, A., Torpiano, A., & Bonello, M. (2015). Seismic vulnerability of masonry heritage buildings in Malta. In Galea, P., Borg, R. P., Farrugia, D., Agius, M., D'Amico, S., Torpiano, A., & Bonello, M. (Eds.). Proceedings of the International Conference : Georisks in the Mediterranean and their Mitigation (pp 252-254). Messina (Italy): Mistral Service sas.
Abstract: The structural behaviour of masonry heritage buildings in Malta subjected to seismic action is a major risk in conserving such buildings. This is because Malta lies on a seismic zone which was subjected to high intensity earthquakes in the past (Galea, 2007). Many of the existing masonry heritage buildings were subjected to major earthquakes of 1693, 1743 and 1856, with repairs ranging from minor repairs to partial rebuilding (Abela, 1969; Galea, 2007). The survival of such buildings does not determine the degree of seismic resistance to any future strong tremor. The study will explore the possibility to determine the seismic vulnerability of masonry heritage buildings using Applied Element Method (AEM), a numerical structural modelling. Since AEM was never used to determine seismic vulnerability of masonry heritage buildings in Malta, simple masonry heritage building typology is being analysed in this study.
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