Refurbishment of a 200-year-old cupola in Vienna - Modeling and repair of a spatial timber construction

Stefan Jaksch, Marjan Maftoon, Wolfgang Winter

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Abstract

A technical assessment was prepared for the refurbishment of a historical large span timber construction - the principal cupola on top of the main building of the Vienna University of Technology. The objective of this expertise was to examine the quality of the ancient wood material, to develop safety concepts for fire and earthquake incidents and doing an up-to-date structural analysis of the 200-year-old timber structure within a modified use scenario. Findings from historical plans, the structural survey and material experiments were employed in the development of 3D simulation models. Using spatial frame analysis and finite element methods, the weak spots in the construction could be recognised and concrete measures to reinforce the construction for further safe use were defined.

Original languageEnglish
Title of host publicationWorld Conference on Timber Engineering 2012, WCTE 2012
Subtitle of host publicationArchitecture and Engineering Case Studies
Pages101-109
Number of pages9
Publication statusPublished - 2012
EventWorld Conference on Timber Engineering 2012: Architecture and Engineering Case Studies, WCTE 2012 - Auckland, New Zealand
Duration: 15 Jul 201219 Jul 2012

Publication series

NameWorld Conference on Timber Engineering 2012, WCTE 2012
Volume3

Conference

ConferenceWorld Conference on Timber Engineering 2012: Architecture and Engineering Case Studies, WCTE 2012
CountryNew Zealand
CityAuckland
Period15.07.201219.07.2012

Keywords

  • Cupola
  • De L'Ormes' arch
  • Earthquake
  • Fire safety
  • Historical timber construction
  • Structural modeling

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