Seismic assessment of the medieval Armenian church in Famagusta, Cyprus

A B Braga, P B Lourenco, N Mendes (University of Minho)

This paper presents the analysis of the structural performance of the Armenian Church in Famagusta, Cyprus. Visual and photographic survey, non-destructive testing and numerical evaluation, using a tridimensional finite element model, are included. The non-linear behavior is analyzed under gravity and seismic loading, and pushover and time-history analysis are performed, including in both cases bidirectional
loading. Results are studied in terms of capacity curves and damage patterns. The influence of the Church mass-distribution is also evaluated. As a result, the analysis estimates an adequate safety level of the building and various real damage features of the Church are justified and attributed to seismic actions.

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