Charts for the conservation of vernacular drystone retaining walls


Le, H. H., Morel, J. C., Garnier, D. and McCombie, P., 2011. Charts for the conservation of vernacular drystone retaining walls. WIT Transactions on the Built Environment, 118, pp. 463-472.

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Drystone walls are durable structures, due to their intrinsic ductility, permeability, and the strength of the materials used. Nevertheless, they can be subject to slow deterioration due to the weathering of the materials, application of loads for which they were not designed, impact, or inappropriate repair methods. It is then necessary to assess the condition of the structure, and design repairs or a replacement construction. A suitable design should then help to minimize the overestimation of the structure's resistance which will result in a waste of materials and resources. Actually, three methods may be used in the design of drystone retaining walls - the distinct element method, yield design and limit equilibrium analysis. Based on them, charts are suggested to facilitate initial design.


Item Type Articles
CreatorsLe, H. H., Morel, J. C., Garnier, D. and McCombie, P.
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Uncontrolled Keywordslimit equilibrium,udec,yield design,homogenization,drystone retaining walls,design charts
DepartmentsFaculty of Engineering & Design > Architecture & Civil Engineering
ID Code28923
Additional Information12th International Conference on Structural Repairs and Maintenance of Heritage Architecture, STREMAH 2011; Chianciano Terme; 5-7 September 2011.


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