Masonry & Historical Structures

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Securing the future of masonry and historical structures across the globe. DIANA is used to analyze masonry structures 100-1000 years old, ensuring that future generations can continue to enjoy their architectural artistry and splendor.

Assessment of historical buildings and monuments

Renovation and retrofitting of historical buildings 

Masonry structures of often either smaller private dwellings, or larger historic structures representing a country’s history. Whilst iconic historic structures often provide a valuable source of income, and private dwellings are of extreme importance to their owners, there is rarely a large budget to ensure their outlook.

In a non-intrusive way and cost-effective way, DIANA provides a suite of unique analysis capabilities and material models, enabling you to analyse and make recommendations to ensure the future structural stability of these buildings.

Predicting the failure mechanism of masonry structures

Optimized solutions based on the comprehensive masonry models

For historic structures, original construction data is rarely available, there is often a lack of understanding of the materials with which they were built, of the construction sequence, or of events that may have occurred during the life of the structure.

For the analysis of stone, brick or masonry buildings, DIANA provides you with the ability to analyse in detail as a whole, or in part – under standard – or extreme loading, such as earthquakes.

Detailed reports can be easily produced to form your recommendation for a modern masonry structure of just a few years – now subject to additional loads. Or, a historic building which has undergone changes throughout its lifetime – and is likely to incur more in the future.

Dedicated features for the analysis of masonry & historical structures

At meso-level bricks are modeled with continuum elements and joints with interface elements 

  • Elastic or viscoelastic material
  • Discrete crack model with or without crack dilatancy
  • Coulomb friction model
  • Combined Cracking-Shearing-Crushing Model
    User Supplied Subroutines
  • Anisotropic Rankine-Hill plasticity model for 2D plane stress, with optional crack rate dependence
  • Multi-directional fixed crack models in combination with shrinkage and viscoelasticity
  • Total-strain crack models
  • Engineering masonry model
  • Mass density per unit volume
  • Reduced mass density for dead weight correction
  • Distributed mass elements with damping properties for defining non-reflection boundaries
  • Consistent and lumped concentrated translational masses and rotational inertia
  • Viscous or Rayleigh damping
    Structural or hysteretic damping
  • Continuous damping via discrete spring/dashpot elements
  • Bars or grids with bond-slip interfaces
  • Bonded or unbonded bars and grids

Licensing packages

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We provide a wide range of flexible licensing modules and subscription plans for advanced calculations. Our Sales Team are always more than happy to discuss your requirements and can make individualized proposals based on your specific needs. 

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