Safety assessment of the Sanctuary of Vicoforte, Italy

Takayoshi Aoki, Noboru Yuasa, Hitoshi Hamasaki, Yoshiaki Nakano, Noriyuki Takahashi, Yasuo Tanigawa, Tatsuhito Komiyama, Tomoyuki Ina, Donato Sabia, Giacomo Vincenzo Demarie

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In order to evaluate safety assessment of the Sanctuary of Vicoforte, Italy, a series of non-destructive tests were carried out for diagnostic inspection of its deterioration. Delamination of stone finishing and fresco painting were detected. Dynamic ambient vibration test was carried out and the relevant modes of vibration were identified resorting to the stochastic subspace identification method. The first two natural frequencies of the Sanctuary of Vicoforte were estimated to be about 1.93 Hz and 2.07 Hz in East-West and North-South directions, respectively. Therefore, the dome seems to be vulnerable to severe earthquakes characteristic of the local seismicity such as we experienced in recent years.

Original languageEnglish
Pages (from-to)215-240
Number of pages26
JournalInternational Journal of Materials and Structural Integrity
Issue number2-3
Publication statusPublished - 2011 Aug
Externally publishedYes


  • Brick
  • Compressive strength
  • Deterioration
  • Diagnostic inspection
  • Dynamic ambient vibration test
  • Elliptical masonry dome
  • Italy
  • Material tests
  • Mode shape
  • Natural frequency
  • Non-destructive test
  • Safety assessment
  • Sanctuary of Vicoforte
  • Stochastic subspace identification
  • Young's modulus

ASJC Scopus subject areas

  • General Materials Science
  • Mechanics of Materials
  • Mechanical Engineering


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